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Christine studied creative writing at Baldwin Wallace Collage and Cleveland State University. Her short stories have been finalists for Perigee Publication for the Arts and The Fish Short Story Prize.
on Nov. 02, 2016 :
“The story was inspired by my 100-year-old farmhouse, where the neighbors say it’s haunted. All the letters in the novel are actual letters from the man who stalked me. It’s been twenty-plus years and he remains anonymous to this day.”
-- Christine Benedict, author of Anonymous
Winner of the 2016 Wishing Shelves Book Bronze Award
Winner of the 2015 Clue Award (Chanticleer Reviews)
Winner of the 2015 Eric Hoffer Book Award
Nominated for the 2015 First Horizon Book Award
Nominated for the 2015 IAN Book Of The Year
Nominated for the 2015 Next Generation Indie Book Award
Author Christine Benedict has created a spine tingling mystery thriller in her novel, Anonymous. Set in 1984, a young couple will come face to face with the evil of humanity, the paranormal, and their own mortality. Furthermore, they live to tell the tale. Do ghost exist? Ask the real people who know this circa 1875 farmhouse. Yes, it does exist and Ms. Benedict's based Anonymous on this house and personal experience with a stalker. The Monroe Falls Paranormal Society investigated this house and produced a documentary; link can found at bottom of page.
In 1984, Debra and Greg move into a run down circa 1875 farmhouse. Containing 14 rooms, In need of extensive repairs, and far scarier than Debra could have ever imagined. Birthed in a family of insanity, abused both mental and physical, Debra fights thoughts of following in her mother's insane path. Things are happening in this old house; frightening things. Finding herself alone with her thoughts, she befriends her neighbors. Julie appears to have it all. Yes she does, including a mysterious insane stalker. Between Julie's stalker, Julie's violent husband Kyle, and a house trying to drive her crazy, Debra is hanging on by a thread. Things appear and disappear, floors creak, footsteps heard, and much more. However, sometimes, we find people are scarier than ghost.
Grab your favorite beverage, take seat, grab this book, and always leave all the lights on . A fast paced insane ride. Come along with Debra and company as they experience life at its best and worst.
CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT:
Before anything else, I must say how much I enjoyed this book. With a story-line taken from anywhere USA, Anonymous swept me into the world of Debra and Greg. A world in which Greg will support and love Debra through thick and thin, sane or insane.
The writing style of Ms. Benedict is clear, clean and easy to read. She infused this story with emotion; from the scariest elements to Debra's mental anguish, the reader can feel it all. The hair on my arms raised at times during my journey through this book. Everyone loves to be frightened whether by ghost stories, scary movies, or books. Ms. Benedict added all the correct elements to her story to entertain and frighten. However, the thought of an insane stalker following your every move is beyond scary. Filled with mystery, thrills, and drama, I read this book straight through.
Author Christine Benedict added twists and turns in this book which will keep you glued to the pages. I thought I had ferreted out the answers. However, I found the plot twisted from my conclusions. This is a fun, scary, and entertaining book with a fast pace, good character development and solid story-line. I loved the strength of character Debra gained by the end of the book. You realize by the last page, the house, stalkers, abusive neighbors, nor insanity will never conquer Debra.
ANONYMOUS, RECOMMENDATION: STARS 5
Finally, I did not hesitate to give Anonymous 5 well deserved stars. A fast paced roller coaster ride of mystery, chills, and thrills, Anonymous will provide entertainment at its best. Due to subject matter, I recommend this book for young adults and adults.
In addition: I received an ARC from the author and have chosen to review the book. Books reviews of any novel are dependent on the book review author’s opinion. Consequently, book reviews on line under my name are my opinion.
(reviewed 70 days after purchase)
on July 17, 2016 :
I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous: Wow! What a great read, it just kept getting better with every chapter. I found it so hard to put down. I absolutely loved where the story took place, the surroundings or lack of made it very scary and I could imagine just how dark and scary their environment was. Especially buying a big house in a very deserted area and being left alone a lot because the husband is working. So you know hearing the strange noises and flickering lights being all alone, I know I would be terrified. I think one of my favorite characters was Otto! Absolutely fantastic must read! Definitely enjoyed this book from beginning to a great ending. Loved it! I hope to read more from Christine Benedict.
(reviewed 27 days after purchase)
on May 05, 2016 :
'Anonymous' was an enjoyable afternoon's read. Benedict creates her main characters with great attention to detail. Debra and Julie both are well crafted; women whose pasts color or define many of their present circumstances. Their evolving perceptions are as interesting as the tightening suspense of the plot. I would recommend this book to my friends as a great summer read.
I received this book free, in exchange for an honest review.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
on Dec. 16, 2015 :
Anonymous tells us the story of a young woman whose tragic past continues to haunt her. After she and her husband purchase a very old farmhouse to renovate, she begins to question her own sanity. Are the events that are occurring, events that leave no evidence behind for her husband to actually see, real? Or are they created by a troubled mind? Debra lives in the shadow of her mother’s violent schizophrenia. Fully aware, and forever in fear that it can, and possibly has been passed on to her via heredity. It doesn’t help that Debra’s husband tries to find a logical conclusion for any, and every illogical event.
For the first time in her life, Debra has a friend, a real friend. Julie, a married woman in her mid-thirties, who lives down the road, with a painful past of her own, and a distant, yet jealous husband. Julie has confided in Debra that a stalker has been leaving her letters. Letters where he confesses his undying love to her, along with his sexual fantasies. Letters that enrage her husband, and caused him to blame Julie, though it is to no fault of her own.
While Debra struggles with what is real, and possibly unreal, the mystery of Julie’s stalker heats up. If that’s not enough, someone’s been killing cats out in the old barn. Grisly killings done by a demented mind. Now this someone is focusing on Debra. Will the cats be enough to sate his blood lust? Or will he need more? Is Julie’s stalker truly harmless and simply smitten? Or is he obsessed, and dangerous? And the house, with its rumors of being haunted-is the scratching in the walls, along with the bumps and creeks all in Debra’s mind? Has her deepest fear of truly becoming her mother’s daughter come true? Or is there a darkness there waiting to consume her?
While this book starts out slightly awkward at first, by chapter 2 it is engrossing, and you become drawn into Debra, and the events in her life, both past and present.
Christine Benedict touches on many of our greatest fears. Fear of the unknown, fear of the supernatural, fear of mental illness, and fear of an unhinged stalker. Her descriptions touch on all of our senses, and at times you can actually hear the insects buzzing by your ear, and smell the salty sweat and manure.
She does a good job of character development over time, divulging bits of backstory here and there in a way that draws you closer to the characters, and helps you to understand their reactions to what’s going on around them.
(reviewed 2 days after purchase)