Children of the Fog

Children of the Fog

by Cheryl Kaye Tardif

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BN ID: 2940011232947
Publisher: Imajin Books
Publication date: 03/08/2011
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 5,385
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Cheryl Kaye Tardif is an award-winning, international bestselling Canadian suspense author published by various publishers. Some of her most popular novels have been translated into foreign languages. She is best known for CHILDREN OF THE FOG (over 100,000 copies sold worldwide) and WHALE SONG. When people ask her what she does, Cheryl likes to say, “I kill people off for a living!” You can imagine the looks she gets. Sometimes she’ll add, "Fictitiously, of course. I'm a suspense author." Sometimes she won't say anything else. Inspired by Stephen King, Dean Koontz and others, Cheryl strives to create stories that feel real, characters you’ll love or hate, and a pace that will keep you reading. In 2014, she penned her first “Qwickie” (novella) for Imajin Books™ new imprint, Imajin Qwickies™. E.Y.E. of the Scorpion is the first in her E.Y.E. Spy Mystery series. She is now working on her next thriller. Booklist raves, “Tardif, already a big hit in Canada…a name to reckon with south of the border.” Cheryl's website: Official blog: Twitter: Facebook:

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Children of the Fog 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
PinkChi More than 1 year ago
Cheryl Kaye Tardif drew me into her novel, Children of the Fog, from the epilogue and kept my attention until the last page. Sadie is the loving mother of Sam. When she catches the kidnapper who has been making headlines in the paper in her son's bedroom, she is faced with a decision to watch the man murder her son before her own eyes or let him take Sam. Sadie lets Sam go. Now every decision that she makes from that point on is to protect her son with the goal of getting him back safely, but it all seems to be putting Sam in further danger. Other complications including Sadie's failing marriage, a decomposing friendship and Sadie's own alcoholism. All of this proves to be too much for Sadie and she spirals into a sea of depression and she is no longer able to trust herself when she starts to see unexplained thing. I was already thrilled with the story line in the middle of the novel, but Tardif was not done delivering more suspense with cleverly inserted lessons life. Every turn of the page exceeded my expectations and led me to a ending that came as a complete surprise. I would recommend Children of the Fog by Cheryl Kaye Tardif to anyone. Really. This is not only for suspense lovers. If you read The Lovely Bones and liked it, you can not pass this one up.
CynInTexas More than 1 year ago
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.
AAR More than 1 year ago
CHILDREN OF THE FOG by Cheryl Kaye Tardif is an interesting supernatural/paranormal suspense. It is well written depth and details. The characters are engaging and believable. It has murder, suspense, some supernatural elements,ghosts,kidnapped children,love,secrets,betrayal,a mother's love, an ex-soldier,a killer's demented evil,fate,with twists and turns you want see coming. When Sadie O'Connell's young son is kidnapped by a demented man called "Fog" she is tormented by the kidnapper. Who sends pieces of her precious little boy to her. He has already kidnapped seven other children. Sadie is always dealing with an adulterous husband and a strained marriage.As the secrets continue,she has ideas of her own. Sadie leaves for a small cabin in the mountains,where she has her own plans to be with her son,who she believes is dead.What she finds is danger,a small village,questioning her sanity,losing her sobriety,and finding answers she never expected.This is a fast paced story of a mother's love,her sacrifice and protection at all costs for her child,what ifs,and should haves and friendships.A must read with supernatural/paranormal elements,full of suspense and a women who learns that the truth is not always what it seems.This book was received for the purpose of review from the author. Details can be found at Imajin Books and My Book Addiction and More.
DolphinChick More than 1 year ago
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!!!
DURANWD More than 1 year ago
I recently read your book "Children of the Fog", I read this 319 page book within a day and a half. I could not put this book down. This book was so emotional I went thru the emotions from being - sad, crying, angry, betrayal, lonely and happy. Mrs. Tardif you did a wonderful fantastic, awsome job in writing this book. It was a story I will never wish on a mother, but if this was a true story I strongly believe God doesn't give you what you can handle. Only a mother could feel all this emotions and yet have a strong Love for her child, and have a strong faith to continue and never give up. Mrs. Tardif I will forever continue reading your books, never stop writing them.
Grady1GH More than 1 year ago
Writing mystery thrillers is risky for novelists: how do you take the reader to the edge of belief/disbelief and still keep the momentum of the story intact? Cheryl Kaye Tardiff has the technique down pat - she establishes characters who are completely human, both 'good characters' and 'bad characters', stays startlingly away from tropes and droids, and gives us people pushed to the extremes of behavior all the while allowing the reader to understand motivation and the fragility of human nature. It is a gift: too often suspense thrillers are written with the demons and victims so stamped in place that the results become predictable. But not here. Tardiff makes her protagonist a woman successful in career as well as mothering, but she wisely pastes a history of alcoholism on the otherwise exemplary Sadie that leaves open windows to responding like an addict - a very humanistic flaw that makes us believe in her coming actions. Her young son Sam is kidnapped by a serial abductor but the kidnapping is only the surface of the evil that is threatened: Sadie can identify the kidnapper but seeking help from authorities will only result in the dismemberment of Sam. It is this point of tenuous grasp on sanity that is complicated by her wandering husband's act of threatening proportions and Sadie's own fragility of coping that derives this novel to a terrifying journey of an ending. There are many aspects of Tardiff's story that will register with the reader - kidnapping of a child, an adulterous spouse, a struggle with the ongoing disease of alcoholism, the decisions we make under stress, the fear of the unknown becoming a torturous known - and with Tardiff's gifts for defining characters completely, all of these crises are handled with intelligence and skill. This is the work of an author who understands this genre. What she creates between the covers of this well designed book is a type of sorcery - and that is a compliment! Grady Harp
NovelOpinion More than 1 year ago
Let's start with the summary: YOU HAVE 10 SECONDS TO MAKE A DECISION: Let A Kidnapper Take Your Child, Or Watch Your Son Die. Choose! Sadie O'Connell is a bestselling author and a proud mother. But her life is about to spiral out of control. After her six-year-old son Sam is kidnapped by a serial abductor, she nearly goes insane. But it isn't just the fear and grief that is ripping her apart. It's the guilt. Sadie is the only person who knows what the kidnapper looks like. And she can't tell a soul. For if she does, her son will be sent back to her in "little bloody pieces". When Sadie's unfaithful husband stumbles across her drawing of the kidnapper, he sets into play a series of horrific events that sends her hurtling over the edge. Sadie's descent into alcoholism leads to strange apparitions and a face-to-face encounter with the monster who abducted her son--a man known only as...The Fog. There are so many great things about this story. When Sadie had to make a decision to let this man take her son away I read in agony. A monster is holding her precious boy in his arms, a gun to his head. Sadie has already tried to fight him, over-power him and take Sam back but she isn't physically strong enough. She can't take the gun aimed at her son out of the picture either. What a terrible choice to make even though it's not much of one anyway. Since she has seen his face, she is threatened by the kidnapper. If he sees a description of him anywhere, he will send pieces of Sam back to her. Sadie is a sober alcoholic. Sober almost seven years but her jerk of a husband accuses her of causing the kidnapping through neglect while drunk. She can't tell anyone what really happened because she would be compelled to describe the kidnapper. She is guilt-ridden by her choices and desperate to get Sam back. Enter cheating spouse who finds a drawing she did of him and suddenly she is the bad guy. Maligned in the press for withholding crucial information, taunted by her husband and falling apart she finds understanding with the lead detective on the case. This is not a budding romance kinda thing that you see in most suspense where the heroine falls for the hero. I liked it that way, there was just too much pain and fear in this story to include a budding romance. There is enough info in the summary for you to guess how things progress but you wont guess what happens. This wasn't predictable and I ate it up.
skstiles612 More than 1 year ago
I was captured by the prologue of this book. I entered to win a copy and did not win, so I purchased it. From the moment you read the prologue where you find Sadie, an alcoholic determined to commit suicide to the moment she sees the faces of children out side her window as she places the gun to her head, you are caught. Why does she want to kill herself? What happened to her son? Who are the children outside the window and what do they want? These were the questions that popped into my head as I began the journey of reading a book that I KNOW I will re-read several more times. We find out that Sadie is an author and is currently writing and illustrating a story about bats for her son. Her illustrative abilities will help and hurt her situation when the notorious “Fog” kidnaps her son in his own bedroom. She hears a noise and goes to check on him only to catch him in the act. No one has ever seen his face until Sadie. He gives her a choice, let him leave with her son and he lives or he will kill him right there in front of her. I kept thinking what I as a mother would do. One part of me kept thinking I’d rather he kill him so that I knew it would be quick and over because if he took him I had no idea what type of torture he would go through. The other side of me said, let him go because I would not want to witness my child’s murder. Sadie does just that, lets him go. She is warned she will never see her son again if any details about what he looks like gets out. We go from this situation to her husband coming in late. Right away we know there is a big rift in their marriage. That helps ramp up the tension. When he finds a sketch she has made of the kidnapper, we know from his personality that things have gone from bad to worse. Throw in the legal troubles he is having and that would be enough for anyone to want to throw in the towel. Sadie decides to go off into the woods, rent a cabin, get her affairs in order and then take her life. However, she is getting nightly visits from children who keep telling her they need her help. There were so many eloquently executed twists and turns in this story. I kept flying through the pages to find out what happened next. I was frustrated when my husband woke up and told me I had to put the book down because I only had two hours until I had to get ready to go to work. I solved that problem though. I assigned a silent reading day in class so I could finish the book. I guess I got pretty involved because I looked up and my students were watching me. I was making noises as I read the book. They figured it must be really good if I was “that into it”. I told them it was and that if I could find a middle grade/young adult book that was as suspenseful, I’d have several copies on my shelves. This is a definite must read for anyone who loves mysteries, suspense, a good thriller. This is definitely a great author, one whose works I will continue to read. I love it when I can find a new author.
jefferymoulton More than 1 year ago
Well-written, very creepy page-turner that kept me awake nights. From the creepy prologue--one of the creepiest I've ever read--to the claustrophobic, smothering atmosphere throughout, to the inner turmoil and outer terror of the main character, the book kept me on the edge of my seat. It was hard to put down and that is high praise for any thriller. It isn't perfect. In particular, Sadie's interactions with the villain-the few times he physically appeared in the story-felt awkward and flat. His physical presence stole away his mystery and power. While he was "offscreen," he was as insubstantial and just as creepy as his moniker, "the Fog." His ghostly, unstoppable, unknowable, godlike persona loomed large throughout the story, threatening to suffocate Sadie. When he was present, however, he was human, vulnerable, and weak. It robbed those scenes of the tension they hoped to capture. There were other issues. Some of the dialogue was a bit clunky and the side plot with Sadie's husband felt contrived and added little to the story. But overall, it was well-written and its pros more than made up for the few problems. The biggest pro for the book was the atmosphere. Crafting such a creepy and intense atmosphere seems difficult, if not impossible, for most writers, but Tardif seems to do it with ease. The cabin sequences, in particular, were shiver inducing. I could feel the cold, the darkness, and, most important, the fog. When I had to stop reading in the middle of a particularly intense sequence and walk down a darkened hallway, I found myself jumping at every shadow. In the end, I really enjoyed it. I was looking for something intense, spooky, and thrilling and this book delivered that in spades. I'd never heard of Tardif before coming across this book. I'm going to have to check out more of her work. Let's just hope I will be able to sleep afterwards.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well written Horror/Thriller about an author whose life sprials out of control when her six year old son is kidnapped and presumed dead. Following fats signs she heads into a rural area and finds a small cabin to rent to finish the childrens book she was writing for him. Fighting for forgetfulness with alcohol she starts to see children that she knows are dead. Is she going mad or is it really the ghost of dead children. Hard to put down and was a great way to spend an afternoon in the sun.
bbsriverrat More than 1 year ago
A crime drama with paranormal activity. Fast moving making it hard to put down. If you like twists don't miss this one. Would make a good movie so non-readers wouldn't miss out on such a great story on so many levels.
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Tia-Marie More than 1 year ago
Alright, before I bought this book, I searched for over an hour for a decent and good novel that would satisfy my craving for a great thriller story. And Cheryl Kaye Tardif delivered! I instantly fell in love with the main characters, Sadie and Sam and could feel how strong and loving their bonds were to each other. I also just loved everything that happened and everything and everyone in her story immensely. I do recommend this book to anyone who is debating on reading it. Its everything I always look for in an amazing thriller novel. :)
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