The Fear of Things to Come by Kathryne Arnold
The novel is sharp, vivid, engaging, descriptive, emotionally charged and filled with spine-tingling action and mystery…kept me locked in from start to finish
The DSM. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. A voluminous, invaluable tool used by psychotherapists the world over to diagnose individuals with mental illness. Referenced by Samantha Clark countless times throughout her career, never suspecting that one day it would save her life.
Samantha receives a seemingly innocent but anonymous letter, and overnight her world changes forever. She becomes a victim in a frightening game of cat-and-mouse, a nightmare that begins when her boyfriend, Todd, fails to return to the wellness retreat they own in the woods of Florida.
Working closely with police, Samantha and two trusted friends discover that Todd’s disappearance is linked to a series of murders occurring in a nearby county. They soon find themselves prey to a mentally ill patient from Samantha’s past, bent on revenge.
With time bearing down, they must weave together the clues found in a succession of ominous letters and the DSM to save Todd. Their mission to unravel the mystery behind the kidnapping plunges them into a terrifying maze of danger, deception, and madness.
About Kathryne Arnold:
I was raised in the northeastern United States, in the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch Country, and resided in a half-dozen homes or towns throughout my growing up years. My father was a reverend with a flourishing career, moving the family to various parishes as his calling dictated, which I view in a positive light as I was exposed to different communities and lifestyles.
After graduating from high school at the age of seventeen, I shook off my less worldly roots when I moved with my father to Massachusetts, a seemingly more sophisticated and progressive state. It was there that I embarked on a learning journey, thrilled at living so close to the sea in the artsy and historic fishing village of Gloucester, the hex signs and covered bridges soon a fond memory.
Thrilled to begin college in New England, I jumped in with both feet and managed to excel in biological and psychological studies, despite majoring in dating. Throughout my school years, I dabbled in poetry and short stories, purely for personal self-expression.
I experimented with a couple of creative writing classes, but never pursued my secret desire of a writing career, feeling the vocation was too self-indulgent, not sensible enough for my German blood. I remained focused on psychology and received a Bachelor of Arts degree, upon which I secured my very first “real” job as a Senior Psychiatric Counselor at a group home for adults with mental illness. Wanting to further my learning, I attended Suffolk University in Beacon Hill in Boston, and graduated two years later, obtaining a Masters degree in Counseling and Human Relations.
Soon afterward, feeling weighed down by too many sunless days and frigid winters, I decided to move to a much lighter state, and settled in bustling Pinellas County in southwestern Florida. Over the next twenty years I concentrated further on my work in counseling and social services and became a licensed practitioner. During these years, my career included being a social services director for a nursing center, program manager for a rehabilitation agency, social services consultant for nursing centers, program director of an Alzheimer’s unit, and a hospice counselor.
Several years ago, due to a deep longing to express my feelings in an alternative manner, I literally sat down one day and began writing my first novel. The resultant book, The Resurrection of Hannah, had been born out of a series of powerful dreams, along with compelling and coexisting experiences that inspired me to create a story that would capture the strength of my emotions.
I had a yearning to shape a tale based around individuals in my life that I believed would make engaging characters. I had a strong desire to experience a higher level of creativity, to literally produce something out of nothing- a fascinating and challenging endeavor I could not ignore. It was during this time that I moved for a short duration to Houston, Texas, where I became a clinical hypnotherapist and a nationally certified counselor, as well as starting a private practice as a psychotherapist.
But I grew “antsy” as my father used to say and decided to move back to friends and family in Florida and worked again at the local Hospice, then more recently in community mental health. Once bitten by the writing bug, I could not help but pen my second work of fiction, The Fear of Things to Come. I am now in the process of writing another novel in what I consider a unique collection of adventure stories, the third in the Samantha Clark Mystery Series.
Praise for The Fear of Things to Come:
“This is a story that takes you right dead center into the capabilities of a psychopath’s mind. This dark twisted tale is definitely 5 stars. Wow!”–Heather Dingman, BOOKKINS.
“You’ll be looking over your shoulder as you read. I know I did. This is a great story and would be a blockbuster movie.”–Melanie Adkins, aka “kissablysweetone,” One of the Top 1% Most Endorsed United States Book Reviewers/Multi award-winning blogger.
“Roller coaster ride of twists, turns and psychological gamemanship. As a psychological thriller – this is one of the best I have read to date…a story that works on many levels to engage, shock, and even spin the reader off in several directions as they turn pages to get to the end…”–Gaele Hince, Amazon Top 1000 Reviewer.
“An excellent psychological thriller…as the book progresses the author does a great job getting you hooked. A great suspenseful read that I’m sure you will enjoy.”–Beck Valley Books
“The novel is sharp, vivid, engaging, descriptive, emotionally charged and filled with spine-tingling action and mystery…kept me locked in from start to finish.”–PipLou, Amazon Top 1000 Reviewer.
“…this book absolutely kept me on the edge of my seat…the end of the book left me with chills.”–Colleen Bohensky, ‘A Bit Bookish” Blog.
“… a slightly twisted, compelling mystery book with a well-developed character cast … Arnold can shock and disturb sometimes, but that’s what makes her writing so enthralling. After experiencing this book, I’m excited to see what else the Samantha Clark series and Ms. Arnold have to offer. “– Chloe H, Top 1000 Amazon Reviewer.