Valley of Sorrows

Rated 4.97/5 based on 30 reviews
Thaddeus Andrew Cain grew up in a cold, narcissistic household with a twisted view of life. He learned manipulation and murder at the hands of his father and sexual perversion under the tutelage of his mother. He was brilliant. So ingenious, he was able to kill over and over and still remain anonymous for decades. Until one day, he went too far and disturbed the peace of an ancient spirit. More
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Words: 114,360
Language: English
ISBN: 9781476344669
Tags: murder mystery

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Review by: Peter Nicholas Farrell on April 01, 2014 :
Thoroughly enjoyed it, great book.
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Review by: Wanda Hartzenberg on Aug. 07, 2013 :
I loved this book. Dan, Thad, Marielle is interesting characters that plays to ones darkness with the others light. What I liked most is that Marielle at the age 50 is not a cripple. She is still full of life, love and passion. She cares deeply, beliefs wholeheartedly and loves passionately. She is familiar with the shortcomings of her age but does not let it become part of her life and does not make it part of her shortcomings.
The plot has enough turns in it to keep the readers interest and Thad is evil enough in a bonechilling way to make you turn the pages.

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Review by: Jack Stampler on June 19, 2013 :
Great story, interesting characters.
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Review by: Minnie on June 09, 2013 :
It is a beautiful written book with vivid description that seems to pull you in. I have to admit that I was frightened reading it at night.
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Review by: Claire Daniels on May 26, 2013 :
Well written and captivating. Suspenseful and original. I'd love to read something else by this author.
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Review by: Sara Jenlink on April 28, 2013 :
Valley of Sorrows is a storyteller’s dream—full of twists and turns, simple yet dramatic. I even found myself thinking about the characters and the events as I went about my daily chores. The author’s skill at succinctness, gives the reader short descriptions that are colorful, clear, and captivating. I could see the settings and walk in the valley as well as believe the strange presence at the lake. The characters are as real as you and me with inner conflicts and fears. The despicable acts, sensitively presented, create compassion for the victim, and comprehension of the killer’s emotional anguish—not an easy feat to accomplish. By the time the main character comes to terms with the mysterious woman at the lake, the reader is dying to know what will happen. (Pun intended.) A quick read that will captivate your mind, Valley of Sorrows deserves every ray emitting from five stars.
Sara Jenlink
Masters in English; drama, composition instructor, author
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Review by: Roddy J Dryer on March 25, 2013 :
For anyone who comes across this with the thought of whether to take the chance, rest assured that this might be one of the finest novels you'll EVER read. Valley of Sorrows was so impressive to me that I have reached a point of irritation with all the people I have recommended it to, and I still don't think it can be recommended enough. The story is wondrous and possessing of great depth, the characters are engaging and so realistic, and the overall accomplishment just might find its way to the movies. Yes, it is that good! I will never forget this story.
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Review by: Jimmy Patterson on March 06, 2013 : (no rating)
top read. pros.... very good character progression, plots and sub-plots were fantastic. not any cons I can mention.
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Review by: glen thompson on Jan. 26, 2013 :
What a thrill ride. Hopefully we won't have to wait too long for tis amazingly talented author's next offering. Definately worthy of 5 huge stars.
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Review by: A.L. Jambor on Jan. 17, 2013 :
One day, a member of my author’s group asked us to download a free book on Smashwords. The book had been written by a friend and she needed one thousand downloads, so I did the neighborly thing and grabbed one. I read the blurb and it sounded interesting, so I began reading it that night. Oh, my – I was hooked from the start. The book was called Valley of Sorrows and was written by a new author named Nathalie Goldston.
The story begins with the death of Pete Taylor, a local accountant and fisherman living with his wife, Marielle, in Burnett, Missouri. Pete has been killed, and when he doesn’t come home, Marielle goes to his favorite place, the lake on their large property, and finds his blood-soaked body in his boat. She also sees a vision of an old Native American woman and can’t shake the memory one year later. With Pete’s murder still unsolved, Marielle, who has been stultified by Pete’s death, rallies herself in order to find his murderer.
Marielle has always been considered a suspect, though the local gentry have tried and convicted her. At the neighborhood diner, they still whisper when they see her, even as they are welcoming her back into the fold. She finds herself alone with a woman, Mrs. Hobart, the former owner of Marielle’s old Victorian house. As they converse, Mrs. Hobart begins to tell Marielle about events that occurred during the seventies and her belief in the spirit that Marielle encountered.
Goldston’s easy style is engrossing, and we are drawn into Marielle’s world. Then, Goldston shifts gears and take us to Newark, New Jersey in the late fifties, where an unwanted boy named Thaddeus Andrew Cain grows up in an atmosphere of hatred and violence that stamps its legacy on his soul.
As an adolescent, Cain kills without discovery, and as soon as he is old enough to leave home, he heads for the streets of Manhattan and the anonymity he craves. Thaddeus adopts the name Abel and continues to kill while trying to avoid a Jersey detective named Charles Martin. Detective Martin, who sees a correlation between the mysterious Passaic River murders and a boy with strange ice-blue eyes, has been looking for Thaddeus Cain for years, and when he sees Cain on a subway train, the now strange young man, eludes Martin and eventually heads west.
The legend of an old Osage woman named Misae who was a powerful shaman in her day, is the lynchpin upon which the story revolves. She was tasked with protecting the graves of her people, a job she still takes very seriously, and when the sanctity of the burial ground is violated, she begins invading the thoughts and dreams of several key characters to bring the perpetrator to justice. As the story seamlessly weaves past and present, we are carried along with twists and turns that kept me riveted until the end.
This is a fabulous first-time tome by a very talented writer. I look forward to her next book and highly recommend Valley of Sorrows. I give it five stars.
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Review by: JK Accinni on Jan. 14, 2013 :
This debut novel is an udisputable 5 star. Once in awhile, you stumble over a rich, wildly skilled novel that merits such praise. It is amazing that this is only the first production of such a gifted author. The plot was original, her atmosphere well defined, her characters well fleshed out. I just loved the mid-novel flashback as she began the story of Thaddeus Cain and his turbulent childhood. I appreciated the subtle surprise as she ingeniously held back the revelation that Sam and Edna were black. Nicely done! Another achievement was the authors confidence in making Marielle a middle-age woman approaching 60. Who knew in this superficial world of ours that one could have a heroine without bouncy, curly blond hair and a smokin' bod? Plots based around supernatural elements leave me cold and I avoid them. But the author reeled me in with skill, suspense and the unexpected introduction of an unforgettable character, Thaddeus Cain. Be assured, this author will not stay unknown for long.
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Review by: Kit Akhrie on Jan. 03, 2013 :
captivating. It keep my imagination reeling on like a movie. Thank u for sharing these novel.
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Review by: D R on Dec. 31, 2012 :
Great book! Took me awhile to start reading the book, but once I started I couldn't put it down. Waiting for the next book from this author.
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Review by: Paget Dackman on Dec. 16, 2012 :
Enjoyed immensely. A very good read, well written with interesting elements (Native American).Well developed characters with believable dialogue and rich descriptions of the landscape.
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Review by: Teresa Williams on May 26, 2012 :
This was a great read by a first-time author! The setting in Burnett, MO was beautifully described. I wanted to walk the streets, visit with the residents, and eat at the local cafe. I felt like I could be there and wanted to be there. There's just enough depth to keep you interested but not so much that you can't follow it. How she entertwines the lives of her characters will keep you reading for more.
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Review by: monica yoho on May 22, 2012 :
I give this book five stars! I hope to see more of her books!!!
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Review by: monica yoho on May 21, 2012 : (no rating)
I loved this book! Best I have read since V.C. Andrews (which I loved). Thank you for another author I an look forward to reading!!!
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Review by: Annie Oakley on May 20, 2012 :
Two thumbs up! With the pace of a Koontz novel the author keeps you engaged till the very end! A terrific "who-done-it?"! This book should go all the way to the top of the list!
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Review by: Matthew Spady on May 20, 2012 :
A murder mystery overlaid with Native American supernatural elements equates to a real page-turner in Nathalie Goldston’s debut novel Valley of Sorrows. The author includes sufficient twists and turns to keep us a bit off balance, but also drops enough hints for us to feel smug for figuring out a few important plot elements ahead of the characters. Agatha Christie would approve.

The characters themselves are multi-dimensional and vivid, particularly Thaddeus Cain, who steps off the page to haunt our dreams – or nightmares. Goldston is particularly deft in handling Thad’s relationship with Edna and Sam, a singular tender moment in an otherwise tortured life; not until the relationship is unraveling do we realize the reason it was doomed from the start.

Golston’s writing is natural, but fully professional. She often paints with broad strokes, leaving our imaginations to fill in the gaps, but never leaves essential details to chance. All in all, a very enjoyable book!
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Review by: Alice Nathan on May 19, 2012 :
A very good read and a page-turner. I haven't read a murder mystery in a long time, but this one certainly grabbed my attention. I hope Nathalie Goldston has another book in her!
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Review by: Christopher Almon on May 13, 2012 :
This is one of those books that you will start reading and won't put down. Can't wait to read another book by author. I would give this book more stars if I was able to, it should get 10 stars.
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Review by: Donna Hawk on May 13, 2012 :
It is quite an awesome read. You have such a wonderful way with words that draw in your reader. It doesn't read like someone's first book and I'm very impressed. I especially loved the way the readers are drawn into the story; before you know it, you're on the edge of your seat trying to help the character figure out what's happened. Excellent job!!
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Review by: Eileen Bolton on May 12, 2012 :
Engaging! A must read. Could not put it down!
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Review by: C.J. Schmidt on May 12, 2012 :
Great book, wonderful characters that felt like real people. Very well written, I couldn't put it down! I'm looking forward to reading more from this talented author. Thanks for the free book!
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Review by: Penny Reames on May 11, 2012 :
I LOVE this book. Did not want to put it down long enough to write this review. Story moves at a great pace, and the characters are so believible. I feel like I would recognize them anywhere. I can not wait for her next book!!
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Review by: Debra Renollet on May 08, 2012 :
Goldston creates a chilling murder-mystery involving Marielle, a grieving widow suspected of killing her own husband, a slew of unexplained deaths from New Jersey to Missouri, and eerie glimpses of a white-haired apparition who appears shortly before tragedy strikes. This blend of ancient Indian mythology with cold-blooded murder and revenge kept me spell-bound until the end. This book was skillfully written and so mesmerizing, once I started to read it--I couldn't put it down. I read it straight through in one night.
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Review by: Jeri Powers on May 06, 2012 :
This book is one of the best I have read. It is very well put togrther. Nathalie does an excellent job of tying her characters into the book and making you wonder what shoe will drop next. Very well written. I look forward to the next book.
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Review by: Debbie Bruns on May 02, 2012 :
Couldn't put it down, a great story and very well told. Hope to read more books by Nathalie
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Review by: Jane Whetstone on May 01, 2012 :
Intense ... the spiritual and psychopathic collide in this novel that won't disappoint.
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Review by: Linda Williams on May 01, 2012 :
I just read Valley of Sorrows. It was a very intriguing story. I am not a person that like mysterys, but this one really held my attention. I hope to read moore books by Nathalie Goldston.
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Review by: Cory Hiles on April 29, 2012 :
Hmm, I messed up my first attempt at reviewing... Stupid fat thumbs and small buttons on my phone... Anyway, Nathalie, this was masterful storytelling, well written, easy to read and hard to put down! This book is as good as any Koontz novel, and I think you've definitely got real talent!
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Review by: Sue Erickson on April 25, 2012 :
I liked your story, was a good read.
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