Marred

Marred

by Sue Coletta

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Marred by Sue Coletta

When a serial killer breaks into the home of bestselling author, Sage Quintano, she barely escapes with her life. Her husband, Niko, a homicide detective, insists they move to rural New Hampshire, where he accepts a position as Grafton County Sheriff. Sage buries secrets from that night—secrets she swears to take to her deathbed.

Three years of anguish and painful memories pass, and a grisly murder case lands on Niko’s desk. A strange caller begins tormenting Sage—she can’t outrun the past.

When Sage’s twin sister suddenly goes missing, Sage searches Niko’s case files and discovers similarities to the Boston killer. A sadistic psychopath is preying on innocent women, marring their bodies in unspeakable ways. And now, he has her sister.

Cryptic clues. Hidden messages. Is the killer hinting at his identity? Or is he trying to lure Sage into a deadly trap to end his reign of terror with a matching set of corpses?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781910234235
Publisher: Tirgearr Publishing
Publication date: 10/15/2016
Pages: 264
Sales rank: 625,358
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.55(d)

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Marred 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
ksprings More than 1 year ago
This review was first published on Kurt's Frontier. Synopsis: Sage Quintano is a bestselling mystery author. Three years ago, a serial killer broke into Sage’s home, and she barely escaped with her life. She survived with grave physical injuries, severe emotional scars, and devastating secrets she swore to take to her grave. Her husband, Detective Niko Quintano, accepts a position as Sheriff in Grafton County in New Hampshire. He hopes that the quiet life in Rural New Hampshire will help them heal from this traumatic experience. Three years have passed. The painful memories of that night persist. Then a grisly murder case lands on Niko’s desk. A strange caller begins to torment Sage. Sage’s twin sister disappears, with the killer giving Sage cryptic messages. With the nightmare returning, Sage must push through the emotional jumble. She must pull together her sleuthing skills to find her sister and avoid becoming the next victim. Review: Sue Coletta has woven a frightening tale of mystery and sadistic murder. Sage Quintano is a mystery author with a detective husband. A brutal attack by a serial killer shatters their lives and future hopes. Sage’s husband Niko thinks that a change to quaint Alexandria, New Hampshire will help them heal. Eerily familiar murders start cropping up around the county. Sage starts receiving strange messages from the killer. The nightmare seems to be replaying itself. Sue Coletta makes use of first person when dealing with Sage’s point of view, but third person when dealing with other people. It can be disconcerting at first, but one can quickly get use to it. The mystery of the killer and what happened to Sage’s identical twin sister, Chloe, sets an immediate sense of tension in the novel. The stress between Sage and her husband begins to ratchet up the tensions. The characters are interesting, and there are many twists in the plot before the shocking ending. There are some scenes with an esp link between Sage and Chloe. While not horrible, these should have been set up better to avoid a seeming deus ex machina. Altogether, it is a stimulating mystery/thriller.
ksprings More than 1 year ago
This review was first published on Kurt's Frontier. Synopsis: Sage Quintano is a bestselling mystery author. Three years ago, a serial killer broke into Sage’s home, and she barely escaped with her life. She survived with grave physical injuries, severe emotional scars, and devastating secrets she swore to take to her grave. Her husband, Detective Niko Quintano, accepts a position as Sheriff in Grafton County in New Hampshire. He hopes that the quiet life in Rural New Hampshire will help them heal from this traumatic experience. Three years have passed. The painful memories of that night persist. Then a grisly murder case lands on Niko’s desk. A strange caller begins to torment Sage. Sage’s twin sister disappears, with the killer giving Sage cryptic messages. With the nightmare returning, Sage must push through the emotional jumble. She must pull together her sleuthing skills to find her sister and avoid becoming the next victim. Review: Sue Coletta has woven a frightening tale of mystery and sadistic murder. Sage Quintano is a mystery author with a detective husband. A brutal attack by a serial killer shatters their lives and future hopes. Sage’s husband Niko thinks that a change to quaint Alexandria, New Hampshire will help them heal. Eerily familiar murders start cropping up around the county. Sage starts receiving strange messages from the killer. The nightmare seems to be replaying itself. Sue Coletta makes use of first person when dealing with Sage’s point of view, but third person when dealing with other people. It can be disconcerting at first, but one can quickly get use to it. The mystery of the killer and what happened to Sage’s identical twin sister, Chloe, sets an immediate sense of tension in the novel. The stress between Sage and her husband begins to ratchet up the tensions. The characters are interesting, and there are many twists in the plot before the shocking ending. There are some scenes with an esp link between Sage and Chloe. While not horrible, these should have been set up better to avoid a seeming deus ex machina. Altogether, it is a stimulating mystery/thriller.
Boundlessbookreviews More than 1 year ago
Sage Quintano has been through hell. She is attacked by a crazed killer and now years later shes being haunted again. Niko, her husband, is a detective. He convinces her to leave Boston and move to a rural small town to start fresh, but when a killer comes to his town things begin to heat up again. Sage is now being threatened again by this man who has upped the game and took her twin sister. Now Sage has to put herself in danger to save her. This book is a bit of a wild ride. It starts off fast and just keeps going till the very end. Its a psychological thriller filled with mysterious twists and turns on a every page. The characters are easy to fall for, especially Sage. With her dark past and her rocky present, she is a character easy to feel sorry for and get attached to. This book was definitely a late night page turner. I hated putting it down because I just wanted, NEEDED, to know what was next.  This book had me hooked from page one. It was well written and It was filled with mystery, action, and crime. I have never read anything from this author, but I look forward to reading more in the future. Based on this book alone, I am sure I will enjoy them all.
carol223CS More than 1 year ago
Sue Coletta's Marred Stunning emotional and riveting read!!! This is a power packed psychological thriller filled with suspense, thrills and chills around every corner. There are twists and turns that will keep you on the edge of your seat. The tension was very thick and well sustained. Sage Quintano is a crime writer. Niko Quintano is a homicide detective married to Sage. Three years ago, Sage was held by a serial killer. Niko was shot in the shoulder when he came to rescue her. Sage miscarried and has never been able to overcome the demons that haunt her. And now the serial killer is back holding Sage's sister hostage. Sage must meet his demands or lose her sister. The author weaves the past and present together effortlessly. The author get inside the heads of her characters and presents them to the readers so that the inner workings of all her characters are understood. Marred is a terrifying and chilling to the bone thriller you will want to be sure to read. I volunteered to read this eBook. Thanks to the author via the Facebook Mystery Thriller Week event. My opinion is my own.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Petra Ayling for Readers' Favorite Marred by Sue Coletta is a nail-biting serial killer thriller that, once started, was hard to put down. You immediately feel drawn to the protagonist, Sage Quintano, who writes books about crime for a living and has experienced a horrendous crime herself. A vicious assault has left her struggling with everyday life. Her marriage to Nico, a homicide detective, is suffering as a result of the experience and because of secrets she has been keeping from him. Moving to a rural area in order to heal and rebuild their lives, Nico takes on the position of sheriff and becomes involved in the search for a serial killer who leaves his female victims' bodies marred and displayed in a gruesome manner. Then Sage's twin sister disappears, and everything suggests that Sage's assailant has followed her from Boston to New Hampshire to finish what he started years ago. Told from Sage's first person point of view and alternating with chapters in the third person from Nico's and Frankie's (the deputy sheriff) viewpoints, Marred is an intense and suspenseful thriller. The vivid descriptions of the settings and the information on the forensics were fascinating. Incredibly, Marred is Sue Coletta's debut novel. This author knows her stuff and has a very engaging style of writing and creating dialogue. I enjoyed the different points of view and particularly liked Frankie, Nico's deputy, whose viewpoint introduced a slightly lighter side to an otherwise very dark and scary story. I enjoy thrillers that surprise me and Sue Coletta has definitely managed that with the unpredictable turns and developments that I did not see coming. The ending left potential for a sequel, and I will certainly seek out future publications by this author.