Genre: Historical Mystery
Format: Kindle ARC
No. of Pages: 288
My Rating: 4 Stars
Date of Publication: April 19, 2022
Charlotte Anne Mattas longs to turn back the clock. Before her husband, Sam, went to serve his country in the war, he was the man everyone could rely on--responsible, intelligent, and loving. But the person who's come back to their family farm is very different from the protector Annie remembers. Sam's experience in the Pacific theater has left him broken in ways no one can understand--but that everyone is learning to fear.
Tongues start wagging after Sam nearly kills his own brother. Now when he claims to have seen men on the mountain when no one else has seen them, Annie isn't the only one questioning his sanity and her safety. If there were criminals haunting the hills, there should be evidence beyond his claims. Is he really seeing what he says, or is his war-tortured mind conjuring ghosts?
Annie desperately wants to believe her husband. But between his irrational choices and his nightmares leaking into the daytime, she's terrified he's going mad. Can she trust God to heal Sam's mental wounds--or will sticking by him mean keeping her marriage at the cost of her own life?
Debut novelist Janyre Tromp delivers a deliciously eerie, Hitchcockian story filled with love and suspense. Readers of psychological thrillers and historical fiction by Jaime Jo Wright and Sarah Sundin will add Tromp to their favorite authors list.
Charlotte Anne Mattas (Annie) was able to get away from her abusive father when she married Sam. In fact, Sam had always acted as Annie's protector. However, Sam left to serve in the war and now is about to return home to Annie and their young daughter. While Sam was serving his country, Annie managed their farm with the help of Sam's brother and also his best friend.
Sam is back now, but he is not the man Annie remembers. He is moody and difficult to read. He also begins to notice that things are not quite right, but then it proves questionable about how damaged Sam might be and if the things he sees are actually occurring.
Shadow in the Mind's Eye is a remarkable debut novel by Janyre Tromp. Not only do we have the drama about Sam and Annie's reunion and the adjustments both of them must make, there is also a mystery on hand. Something is indeed going on and this affects everyone concerned. Sam suspects illegal activity is going on and that is where the mystery lies with this book. Love and faith do indeed bring peace to Sam and Annie in this remarkable story.
Ms. Tromp did a fine job with this book. In fact, with same having what we know today as PTSD, in the acknowledgments of this book she discusses battle-specific psychological wounds. In addition to that supplementary information, there are also discussion questions at the end of the book.
Many thanks to Kregel Publications and to Audra Jennings PR for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
She’s also a book editor, published children’s book author, and lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan with her family, two crazy cats, and a slightly eccentric Shetland Sheepdog. And if you ever meet in person, you pronounce that first name Jan-ear.
You can find her on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and her website, www.JanyreTromp.com (where you can grab a free copy of her novella Wide Open).