Into the Arms of Madness: A Novel of Suspense

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Just how well does anyone really know the one they love? In this heart-pounding psychological thriller, a newlywed's unusual obsession surfaces while on honeymoon. More

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About Regina Pacelli

Regina Pacelli works as an applications project manager, designing and implementing computer applications. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science and a Master's degree in Public Administration - Operations Management.

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Review by: Marilyn Velez on July 22, 2014 :
I received this book as part of a Member Giveaway from LibraryThing. I liked the writer's style, the pace was fast, and I read the book i one sitting as the suspense was gripping. The character of Todd was very interesting in the aspects of his madness. However, I like the other reviewers, find the pot unrealistic. Todd's madness is known to several different people and is allowed to continue, even though there are multiple opportunities to get him help. Also, the character of Bridget needs some help herself, which is never explored. Maybe if the book was longer, there plot and characters could be more developed. The author also needs to do some editing. I liked the authors style though, if the is some reworking of the plot, it could be a very good read.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Jana Webb on Sep. 01, 2013 :
I received this book for free in exchange for providing an honest review.

This book was unique. While the premise is rather far fetched, isn't that what fantasy is supposed to be? The book had its moments of suspense and the ending was not as I expected. It is a good book for a rainy day at the cottage. I did enjoy the book but I doubt that I'll read it a second time.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: denielle stawarz on Feb. 03, 2013 :
WOW, I do not know what to say. Very well done.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Lee Ashford on Jan. 10, 2013 :
I received a free copy of this book from the author, through LibraryThings; an honest review was requested.

“Into the Arms of Madness: A Novel of Suspense” by Regina Pacelli could not have been better named. She has developed a mad man unlike any other in fiction that I know of. Her character development is superb, bringing her characters to life. Even the whole mildly insane family rings true. This is a really potent story, and the suspense is almost enough to bring on an ulcer. This is a story you will want to add to your list of books to be read. It is a very well-written story, but also a very good tale.

“Into the Arms of Madness” begins with a pair of newlyweds heading to a cabin on a lake for their honeymoon. Almost immediately the bride sees a side of her new husband that he kept well hidden throughout their courtship. She also meets his rather strange and bizarre family for the first time… in their honeymoon cabin.

Unable, or unwilling, to fully believe or comprehend the evidence in front of her that things are not quite right, she tries telling herself she’s just tired from the wedding and the drive, and not really thinking straight; it’ll look better in the morning. But it doesn’t look better in the morning. If anything, it looks worse and worse as each hour passes into the next. She sees completely opposite sides of him that she has never before seen, yet feels compelled to assume she is somehow at fault for having said or done something that upset him. Continuing to profess her undying love for him, she literally puts her life in his hands.

This story climaxes in a drug-induced haze of unreality. I can’t say any more without spoiling it for you. But I WILL say this book will hold onto you until you finish reading it. Don’t expect to get anything else done until you finish this book. I recommend that you get it, but I suggest you not start reading it until you can set aside an appropriate block of time to finish it. I believe that after you finish reading it, you will be recommending it to all your friends. I also believe your friends will all thank you for the recommendation after THEY have finished reading it.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Teresa Jewett on Dec. 23, 2012 :
I wasn't sure what to make of this book. The writing is proficient enough, if a little essay like in places, but I did find the plot difficult to believe.

The plot was very interesting. Woman meets charismatic and caring man, marries him and they are travelling to a remote cabin for their romantic honeymoon. Man isn't quite what he seems and the whole episode becomes a nightmare, involving his whole family and his ex wife to whom he was married for a mere week.

Husband is totally insane and it bothered me that his family just allowed him to carry on his own sweet way and not intervene. Why did they only tell Bre, the wife, of his insanity after they married? Why wasn't he medicated or even locked up for that matter?

The ending was a bit rushed, but I liked the little teaser at the conclusion. The story was quick to read and absorbing and I believe this writer has great promise. Just rein in the over the top plotlines!

This book was made available to me, by the author, for an honest review.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Wendy Justice on Nov. 24, 2012 :
Entertaining Psychological Thriller

Not your ordinary psychological thriller! Bridget and Todd have been dating for a year and a half, and Bridget thought that she knew him quite well by the time they got married. True, she didn’t know much about his family, but Todd was certainly successful, funny, kind and loving.

They set off to a remote, lakeside cabin for their honeymoon, and things get strange quickly, as Bridget discovers the truth about Todd and his family. Can she continue to support Todd for better or worse, and in sickness and health? She loves him deeply, and he adores her, but the secrets revealed may be too much for her to handle.

The author is a good story teller and the book kept me turning the pages to see what would happen next. It’s a short book – it only took about three hours to read it. One thing I liked about it was that the story wasn’t predictable at all! It was a bit far-fetched, but that can certainly be the nature of fiction. The Kindle version was reasonably well edited with just a handful of errors, not enough to distract the reader from the story. An enjoyable book and not one to be read in bed in a remote cabin at night…
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

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