on Jan. 25, 2012 :
After reading Cheryl Tardiff’s work, the Children of the Fog, I learnt a great deal about loving my kids. In my opinion, the following attributes added to making it a great read for parents and authors.
Character’s conflicts: the story, set in the cities of Edmonton and Hinton, was about Sadie, mother of a six-year old dumb boy, Sam. She loved Sam dearly despite his disability. Unfortunately, her husband wouldn’t know what is good in liking a dumb child. Sadie is married to Philip whom she could boast was a decent attorney. But, things changed so fast. The Fog, a kidnapper took Sam. Sadie’s world began collapsing as stunning revelations were emerging. The story began with a prologue in which Sadie was about to kill herself because she had seen Sam dies at a scene where she wanted to rescue him from the masked kidnapper.
Narration: from beginning to end, every scene was clear, emotional and compelling. The author‘s description of actions, scenes and dialogues was very illuminating. Here is an instance of a moment that stoked the fire in the plot:
“Don’t move!” the stranger growled from the depths of the sweatshirt hood. “You have ten seconds to make a decision. Let me walk out of here with the kid, or your son dies.”
The following discussion between Sadie and her husband also heightened my interest.
“What the officer is so politely asking you, Philip, is whether you’re discussing oil spills with her or screwing her.”
“What’s my relationship with Brigitte got to do with my son being kidnapped?” Philip demanded. “...Brigitte and I are associates.” Philip slump down on the bed beside Sadie. “And…lovers.”
Despite Sadie getting to know extra-marital secrets of her husband, her focus remained who kidnapped Sam and why anyone could do so. This largely dominated my mind as I read to the end when Sadie realised Sam may still be alive.
Morals: there were three lessons that I gained from the lead character. One, it takes more than liking your child to positively demonstrate love to him or her. Second, the way you love an unknown child is how other people love yours. And third, it is good to hope for change. Although, the author didn’t disclose how the boy began speaking again. Perhaps, it was a point-of-view issue.
I could classify this novel into multiple genres such as mystery, drama, detectives and thriller. Featuring 14 entertaining characters, it is fast-paced, 220 pages long and, written from third person point-of-view of the major protagonist only.
Overall, I rate it a 5-star fantastic page-turner. It was not guessable nor was there unnecessary twisting of the story. It was about the best I read in 2011.
(reviewed 6 months after purchase)
on Dec. 26, 2011 :
Almost done with this book and I love it.........can't wait til I get to the end. I would recommend it
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
on Oct. 12, 2011 :
Don't put this thriller down by Cheryl Kaye Tardif. “YOU HAVE 10 SECONDS TO MAKE A DECISION: Let A Kidnapper Take Your Child, Or Watch Your Son Die. Choose!” What would be your next move? Sadie O'Connell, mother of Sam, has this decision to make and it's not an easy one. Follow Sadie's attempt at life while living with this decision day to day. Readers can relate to Sadie's decision and understand her reasons for her decision while wondering at the same time what would have happened had she chosen the other route. Thanks to Cheryl Tardif for keeping us on the edge of our seats.
(reviewed 54 days after purchase)
on Aug. 24, 2011 :
Children of the Fog was a page turner. I felt for the mother (Sadie) and went through her anguish and her struggles. Each time, it thought things were about to be resolved, there was a new twist. This book had so many levels to it - facts as the police dealt with the case, marriage, a parent's worst nightmare, struggles with our own internal demons, and ultimately beliefs. Each led the reader through an emotional rollercoaster that Sadie went through.
It did not get five stars because at times, it seemed like two distinct stories - the story of Sam's abduction and the story of his parent's marriage. Each was almost a separate story tied by the main character. But overall still a great story.
*** Reviewed for LibraryThing member giveaway ***
(reviewed 6 days after purchase)
on Aug. 18, 2011 :
Be warned… once you start this book you will not be able to put it down! It was AMAZING! I was hooked from the description:
“YOU HAVE 10 SECONDS TO MAKE A DECISION:
Let A Kidnapper Take Your Child, Or Watch Your Son Die. Choose!”
… and I had to know more! An impossible choice and that was only the beginning! Cheryl Kaye Tardif is phenomenal at not only grabbing you straight away but holding on like a vise until the ride is over, and then you need a second to breath! It never loses it’s pace… I would think “I have to stop and get a couple things done… I’ll stop at the end of this chapter… WHAT THE!?!? Ok, at the next chapter!” and on and on! I was able to feel so much for these characters, anger and frustration, sadness and despair until I was flat out crying at the end! While reading in bed I would wake up my husband with a gasp and a “OH NO!” I had to call my son and just hear his voice! I could talk about this book for days… but READ IT, JUST READ IT!!!
(reviewed 3 days after purchase)
on Aug. 18, 2011 :
Wow, what an excellent book. I could feel what the mother felt, I could experience her pain and confusion, and her needing to follow fate. The story is well written, it had great suspense and I simply could not put it down. This is a real page turner. Well done to the author.
(reviewed 2 days after purchase)
Jessica E. Subject
on June 4, 2011 :
In 'Children of the Fog', we watch Sadie's already far from perfect life spiral further out of control after her son is abducted in front of her.
I must admit, this book does not fall into the genres I normally read, but I've read other books by Cheryl Kaye Tardif and really enjoyed them.
I found this book hard to get into due to the main character. She bugged me, mostly because she just did not fight hard enough for anything in her life. It was the prologue that kept me reading though and I'm glad I did.
I watched in the later half as Sadie grew as a person, even though she still had her faults; we all do. But there was one thing she never gave up on, one thing she fought for, and that made the story enjoyable for me.
I will continue to read more from Cheryl Kaye Tardif in the future.
(reviewed 72 days after purchase)
on April 5, 2011 :
Children in the Fog by Cheryl Kaye Tardif is an intense thriller that left no room for me to breath. I would read it every moment I had a chance, On the subway, when my in laws were focused on their
polish shows I could not understand and in the movie theater 20 minutes before the previews. In fact when Cheryl introduced one of the children of the fog, I was tense, not knowing what was going to happen. Of course at that moment a young child made a horrible loud sound that caused me to jump out of my seat. Still being absorbed in the novel I had to refocus myself to realize the sound came from a living being
When I first read the description I wondered how the story would unfold.
“”You have 10 seconds to make a decision: Let a kidnapper take your child, or watch your son die. Choose!”
As a parent a choice like this would break my heart. Cheryl certainly did not make the choice easy for Sadie, the protagonist of this book. Her choice creates conflict and an inner struggle that makes us feel for Sadie and deepens the story to the point that you can’t let go of the book.
Before I completed the story I was walking in one of the busiest areas of downtown Toronto. There was not one moment I would let him out of my sight and when on a narrow sidewalk I would draw my son to the front of me so I could make sure he would not get lost in the crowd. Children of the Fog is well worth reading, but be warned you will not be able to catch your breath until the very end.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
on March 23, 2011 :
Ok this book is so good my first book I ever read on my computer this book has you from the first page best book I have read in a long time please take the time to read this you will not be sorry Oh my god what a great writer I need to get a hold of all her books I read Whale song loved it my god the characters are so alive I cried from fear joy this is a must read plz take the time you will not be sorry Thank you for a great read Linda Policella
(reviewed the day of purchase)