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As well as penning Award-winning suspense novels including Chill Waters, Nowhere To Hide and Listen to the Shadows, Joan Hall Hovey's articles and short stories have appeared in such diverse publications as The Reader, Atlantic Advocate, The Toronto Star, Mystery Scene, True Confessions, Home Life magazine, Seek and various other magazines and newspapers. Her short story, “Dark Reunion” was selected for the Anthology, Investigating Women, published by Simon & Pierre.
Joan also tutors with Winghill Writing School and is a Voice Over pro, narrating books and scripts. She lives in New Brunswick, Canada with her husband Mel and dog, Scamp.
She is currently working on her latest suspense novel.
on Dec. 02, 2011 :
Another amazing suspense novel from this author ~ A great read!
I have read all the books written by the award-winning author Ms. Joan Hall Hovey and I loved every one of them. With anticipation to read another excellent writing, I was waiting for the release of her latest novel "The Abduction of Mary Rose".
My expectations were more than met. The novel is exceptional in writing, in plotting, and in characterization. As always, gripping mystery escalates while plot develops. Chills crawled over my spine when I was sinking into the brilliantly written memorable descriptions.
I was not reading; I was living the story of 28-year-old Naomi, who on the day of her mother's funeral discovered that she was adopted. Later she became aware of that her birth mother, Mary Rose, was abducted, brutally raped and left to die. Naomi was a miracle child who was born while her mother was in a coma. When Naomi knew her birth story and that Mary Rose's killer was never found, she pledged to avenge her death.
The novel is so fascinating I could not put the book down. It is so sinister, mysterious and real from the first pages to the end that I did not feel the time; I was absorbed into the story because I cared about Naomi and other major as well as minor characters that are vividly brought to life by a talented writer.
I highly recommend "The Abduction of Mary Rose" because this remarkable novel may compete with the works of the most distinguished authors.
Mila Komarnisky, author of "Wretched Land"
(reviewed long after purchase)