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Monday, April 1, 2013

"Twisted" by Marjorie Brody

She hid the secret from everyone, including herself.

Sarah Hausman must hide a secret—even from herself. If she acknowledges the truth, it will destroy everyone she loves.

Timid fourteen-year-old Sarah wants her controlling mother to stop prying into what happened the night of the freshman dance. Confess to the police? No way. Confide in her mother? Get real. The woman is too busy, too proud, and too jealous of Sarah to really care if her life disintegrates. Besides, her mother will say Sarah is totally to blame for what the boys did—which Sarah believes is true. So she doubly needs to shield the truth. Not just from Momma. But from everyone. Including herself.

Beautiful, confident, eighteen-year-old Judith Murielle lives the ideal life. She has college plans, respect from family and friends, and a fiancé she adores. But as a mysterious connection pulls her toward Sarah, Judith's perfect world unravels. Acting as Sarah's sole confidante, Judith gains the power to expose her secret. Will the truth be worth the sacrifice? Or will Sarah stop at nothing to keep Judith quiet?

Marjorie Brody, an award-winning short story author and Pushcart Prize Nominee, crafts a riveting debut novel of psychological suspense with a shocking twist. A former psychotherapist, she now writes fulltime. Visit her at

“Marjorie Brody handles family dysfunction the way a top-notch surgeon handles a scalpel.” —Robin Allen, author of the Poppy Markham: Culinary Cop mystery series

“TWISTED is a stunning psychological suspense novel . . . The story illuminates the staggering twists and turns in seemingly ‘normal’ families of yearning teenagers and their equally yearning mothers and fathers.”
—Lori Gordon, Ph.D., Founder of PAIRS, author of Passage to Intimacy and If You Really Loved Me

“. . . a compelling story of the aftermath of a young girl’s horrible trauma. . .  the suspense builds, making it impossible to put the book down as it becomes more and more apparent that we don’t know the whole truth.”
—Suzette Stoks, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist

"Master short-story writer Marjorie Brody's debut novel shows the great versatility of a storyteller who has a deep understanding of human beings in crisis. Brody's ability to be inside multiple minds, while weaving the harrowing tale of a 14-year-old pregnant rape victim, her family, and her coping mechanisms, is remarkable. The final psychological twist jolts the reader with a delicious mix of chilling realization and warming hope. TWISTED is a superb debut novel. Bravo!" —Tim Johnston, Short Story America

"Stunning and heart-breaking in its reality, TWISTED is a poignant portrait of a teenage girl ensnared in a web of lies she yearns to escape."
—Jo-Ann Power, Award-winning author of fiction and non-fiction

"Lyrically written with compassion and psychological insight, this tightly plotted novel will pull you into a different world."
—Tammar Stein, author of Light Years and Kindred

"Pages flew past until, with no more pages to turn, I realized that, like Sarah, I would never be the same."—Eric Witchey, author

1 comment:

Angela Adams said...

Sounds like a very suspenseful read.