Anonymous

Anonymous

by Christine Benedict

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BN ID: 2940149621927
Publisher: Loconeal Select
Publication date: 06/26/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 49,129
File size: 597 KB

About the Author

Author Christine Benedict has been dedicated to writing for many years. Her craftsmanship was honed under the tutelage of Dr. Neil Chandler of Cleveland State University throughout her six-year process of writing Anonymous.

Christine studied creative writing at Baldwin Wallace College and Cleveland State University. Her short stories have been finalists for Perigee Publication for the Arts and The Fish Short Story Prize.

She lives with her husband of thirty-five years. She has two children and is a lifelong resident of Ohio.

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Anonymous 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The best read of the summer! A great cast of characters, an excellent story. I would highly recommend.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Holy cheese Louise! Started reading this book at work and could not put it down. Read till 1:30 in the morning. A great read all the way through. A surprising plot twist at the end. Can't wait till the next book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book kept me on the edge of my seat! Anonymous is well written and provides a thrilling mystery that made me want to keep reading. I highly recommend it.
birdladyvm More than 1 year ago
STORY-LINE ANONYMOUS: 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 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.
NNLight More than 1 year ago
If I had to sum up in one sentence my thoughts on this book: This book scared me to death! I love thrillers, especially set in rural settings. There’s something frightening about an old farmhouse and someone trying to kill you; there’s nowhere to run and no one to hear your screams. Debra and her husband, Greg, have just moved into a broken-down farmhouse. Everything is in need of repair and it’s rumored to be haunted. Greg doesn’t seem to care but Debra is paralyzed with fear. Debra’s afraid she’s inherited her mother’s schizophrenia. Tormented by childhood memories that won’t leave her alone, Debra looks to Greg for support. After they’ve settled in, Debra becomes friends with her nearest neighbor, Julie. Julie is a seasoned farmwife and helps Debra settle in to being on a farm and so forth. Even though Julie is much older than young Debra, their views on life, husbands and family are similar. One day, Julie shares a letter she’s received from an anonymous admirer with Debra. Julie’s uncomfortable and Debra understands how she feels. But when the letters keep coming, Julie’s husband (Kyle) vows to kill the stalker. All is not as it seems and soon everyone involved will be forced to deal with the consequences of the Anonymous letters. This thriller is one of the scariest I’ve ever read. Filled with complex and well-developed characters, Anonymous will keep you guessing until the very end. Christine Benedict is a master of building suspense with nuances of the mentally unstable. She grabs ahold of the reader like literary best-sellers James Patterson and Harlan Coben and keeps you guessing until the very end. For me, what made this one of the very best thrillers I’ve read are the characters and the scenery. She manages to evoke emotional attachment for each of the characters. This is a great feat because several of the characters I despised. But by the time the story ends, you see the characters for who they are and how their environment shaped them. Christine also describes in clear depiction how desolate and lonely it can be on a farm. It’s no surprise to me that this book has won a lot of awards. If I had an award to give for the very best thriller that scared me senseless (had to read in the daytime with music playing), I would give it to Anonymous. Yes, it’s that good! Favorite Character: Debra. When we first meet Debra, she’s shy and frightened of her surroundings. But as time goes by and she shares more of herself (and her background) to Julie, she blossoms into a strong, confident woman who defends her friends and family to the death, if needs be. I loved her reaction to the bull. Favorite Quote: “Out of nowhere, a shape materialized on the living room wall. Luminous, its twisted silhouette etched in shadows, it inched its way along the wall. The heaviness of her heart, thumping, pulsing, jarred her every limb.” My Rating: 5+ stars
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book is absolutely a page turner!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Could not put this book down. Highly recommend
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A well written novel with interesting character development. With twist and turns in the plot, a fun read
Kissablysweetone More than 1 year ago
Debra is terrified of her new home. She's certain she hears and sees thing while alone in the home. Greg was working on opening his own business. He thinks Debra just hasn't settled into their home. When she hears or sees things, Greg tries to explain it as normal adjustment. Their neighbor Julie even thought the house was a bit spooky at times. What's really going on? Will they figure it out? This book is a heart pounding, blood curdling tale. Ms Benedict crafts her story in such a way that you get sucked in easily. I'm amazed at all that's going on. It's one road but it seems to draw trouble. The characters are ones you'd find in any small town in America. I can see this one as a movie. For me, it ran over and over in my thoughts for several weeks. I'm sure you'll enjoy it as well. I did find issues. First, the flow of this book is really great then BAM you fall off a cliff. It's as though Ms. Benedict ran out of things to write. It needs work. It's a very long book. Ms. Benedict should have kept it to 160 pages or so. I gave this one 3 cheers out of 5 because of the issues I found. ~Copy of book provided by author in exchange for a fair review~
MirandaG More than 1 year ago
I bought this newer, supposedly well-edited version by Loconeal Press. This book could use some heavy editing. One or two minor mistakes are acceptable in any work. The mistakes here are numerous and obvious. So much of the writing leaves the reader scratching her head because the characters do not react in ways that make any sense. There are issues with the story line that simple research would have fixed. I only made it half-way through this book. I had so hoped it would get better. I wanted it to, but the characters, lack of editing and disregard for simple research ruined the book for me. I am sure Ms. Benedict devoted a great deal of time and energy to publishing this book. Perhaps with a good editor and some additional work, this would have been a better read. The mistakes were extremely distracting.