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It all unraveled at the funeral...
Horace Reid's death opened the door to our freedom. His widow, Elizabeth, exists only on paper. She disappeared thirty years ago. It's us, the Tribe, who live in her body now. But nobody knows that. Us are Elise, the reluctant host, Lilly the closer, Ama, the proverbial mother, Sky, our wise guide, Amadeus, the warrior, and Luke, the man around the house. There are others, but we make sure they stay hidden and away from harm.
After Horace's funeral, they tried to lock us in a mental hospital. Our sister-in-law had it all carefully planned. Thanks to quick thinking—yes, being a multiple has its advantages—we escaped to New Zealand's South Island. Tucked away in the West Coast wilderness we... well, the plan was to continue our healing. We didn't expect that monsters from our past still had us on their radar. When the police accuse us of murder we have to run again. Where to go, which way to turn? Our neighbor Scott appears helpful, but can we trust him? Can we trust ourselves? Can we trust anyone?
THE GIRL FROM THE TREE HOUSE is the first of a series of psychological thrillers set in current day New Zealand. It describes how Elizabeth, a thirty-two-year-old woman with multiple personalities (Dissociative Identity Disorder, DID), fights for her sanity and freedom. Four core personalities tell the story from the inside out, giving a touching insight into the workings of the dissociated mind. There are no graphic descriptions of abuse.
Gudrun Frerichs is a retired psychotherapist and trauma specialist in the field of (sexual) abuse recovery. She successfully worked with many clients who had a DID diagnosis. Recovery from trauma and dissociation has been the focus of her Master's dissertation (2000) and Ph.D. thesis (2008) and is also the topic of her blog Multiple Voices. THE GIRL FROM THE TREE HOUSE is a spectacular departure from her romance series THE GOLDEN GIRLS.
About the Author
Gudrun is a retired psychotherapist, full-time writer, and closet-gypsy. Born on a small fishing island close to Hamburg, Germany, she followed her husband with their three children to New Zealand, after detours over Switzerland and The Netherlands. It has been their home for the last 30 years.
Since her retirement she combined her passion for writing with her passion for challenging the invisibility of (older) women and those who fall through the gaps in our social and mental health systems. She does so by writing contemporary women’s fiction with a dash of adventure, a sprinkling of romance, and second chances at finding love if that’s where her heroines are headed.
Over the last years, Gudrun has written and published two non-fiction books about the pitfalls of relationships and four books in the romantic GOLDEN GIRLS SERIES, where she gives older women a voice and shows the rich life they still lead. Especially in romantic fiction and movies women who are past fifty, sixty, and yes, even seventy years are practically invisible. Yet they have not stopped loving and longing for closeness and meaningful relationships. They not only dream of adventures but also still have their fair shares of it.
Her new series flys under the flag of WOMEN OF OUR TIME explores universal issues women grapple with at time goes by.
They say, write about what you know. So this is what she does in her cottage in windy Wellington, with Steffie, the rescue dog, at her feet. Armed with a box of chocolates, a laptop, a cup of Earl Grey or the occasional glass of Merlot, she’s enjoying letting the characters in her books overcome (dangerous) obstacles before they find their well deserved Happy End. And finding it, they will. There are enough ugly drama and hardship in the world without her having to add to it.
Visit her at www.gudrunfrerichs.com