R. K. Jackson is the author of one previous Martha Covington thriller, The Girl in the Maze, and a former CNN journalist who now works at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. He lives with his family in the Los Padres National Forest.
Kiss of the Sun: A Girl in the Maze Thrillerby R.K. Jackson
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In a haunting novel of psychological suspense from the author of The Girl in the Maze (“A Southern Gothic thriller with a twisty plot and echoes of Tana French.”—Dianne Emley), a gifted young woman battles her own mind . . . and finds that some voices will never be silenced.
Following her diagnosis as a schizophrenic, Martha Covington has been easing herself back into her quiet life on a small island off the Georgia coast. The trouble is, Martha’s research into local healing roots has earned her an unfounded, and frankly unwelcome, reputation as a psychic. But when an elderly couple from Atlanta tracks her down, desperate for any sign of their missing grandson, Peavy, Martha confronts a terrifying possibility: that the line between intuition and insanity may not be as clear as she’d like to believe.
First comes a spine-tingling vision that feels too real to be imagined. Then Martha receives a message in her dreams that the boy may yet be alive. Despite her therapist’s insistence that it’s all in her head, Martha travels to Atlanta to investigate Peavy’s mysterious disappearance, where she is reunited with handsome law student Jarrell Humphries. A trail of cryptic clues leads the pair deep into a heart of a dangerous conspiracy whose members will stop at nothing—including murder—to protect their secrets.
Praise for Kiss of the Sun
“[This] stunning follow-up to The Girl in the Maze . . . will take your breath away.”—It’s About the Book
“Filled with suspense . . . A character-driven series of a young woman’s struggle to develop her journalism career while fighting the demons of mental illness.”—Judith D. Collins Must Read Books
“I fell in love with Martha in her first book, Girl in the Maze, and that love continued in this book.”—Books to Curl Up With
Praise for R. K. Jackson’s The Girl in the Maze
“A Southern Gothic thriller with a twisty plot and echoes of Tana French.”—Dianne Emley, bestselling author of Killing Secrets
“The Girl in the Maze has suspense, action, memorable characters and even a perfect storm.”—Savannah Morning News
“One of the best books I’ve read [this year] . . . a genre-crushing story that’s part mystery, part thriller, with elements of horror.”—Cemetery Dance
“The Girl in the Maze is as mysterious and suspenseful as it is intriguing—much like Georgia’s coastal marshland, where the tale is set.”—Santa Barbara News-Press
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Kiss of the Sun is R. K. Jackson's second novel, as well as the second book with main character Martha Covington. Martha has been treated for schizophrenia, is now doing well, and living on Shell Heap Island off Georgia's Atlantic coast. She is immersing herself in the Geechee culture, working as a root worker as part of her research for her second book. All is well until an older black couple comes to see Martha to beg her to help them find their grandson who has been missing for six years. Against her therapists wishes, Martha tries to help these people. She travels to Atlanta to see what she can learn, or what visions she might get, with the intent of giving them this information and returning to the island. While there she looks up Jarrell Humphries who she knows from Shell Heap Island. He has been in her thoughts since the events of the first book. The pair is invited to a special political function hosted by Jarrell's scholarship benefactor and from there the mystery spins out of control. With Lisbeth Salander qualities, Martha engages not only her high intellect but also the insight that seems to come from her disorder, in order to help Jarrell infiltrate and uncover much more than the fate of a missing boy. This intense tale will leave you wondering. Is it impossible that such things could be in play given what we see on the world scene? I found this book equally as fascinating as Mr. Jackson's first book, Girl in the Maze. While I would suggest reading them in order, Kissed by the Sun can certainly stand alone. From deep water to deep underground, it is one fast paced read that kept me up late into the night. I do recommend this book.
The second of the Martha Covington stories is an even wilder ride than the first. Martha's mental problems are put on display as she deals with a possible new lover and a strange disappearance. Suspense grows throughout the story, and the excitement continues from page to page as Martha and her friend Jarrell are targeted by the powerful leader of a nasty organization. Creepy characters are in good supply, and even some bad guys who turn good. This book will hold your interest and thoroughly entertain you.