The young and the beautiful Carly Ruth Laden thought she had it all-two doting and loving parents who were always there for her, protective older brother, and a gorgeously hot husband who any girl would want for their own. Yes, life seemed perfect for Carly. But that was all an act. Inside, she felt that her seemingly perfect marriage was crumbling. She thought her husband was having an affair. When she discovers the truth of her husband's apparent change, she is given the shock of a lifetime. But things get even worse. When she decides to go home and confront her husband, all of a sudden, she disappears. Her parents and her brother are left to endure the agonizing and horrifying events that start to unravel, events that none of them ever thought were possible. It seemed that one of Carly's past nightmares had come back to haunt her and take revenge, not only to her but to her entire family.
|Publisher:||Page Publishing, Inc.|
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About the Author
LZ was born and raised in a small town in upstate New York and at the age of 13 moved with her mother and step-father to a 75 acre farm which is where life took on a subtle hint of change. This New York born author was a writer and teller of stories from early adolescence and tried the publishing world when the publishing world did not consist of any forms of technology of any kind, but rather the old typewriters. One had to be self reliant on getting to the post office and mailing out envelopes of queries and synopsis to a publishing house, which took months of getting through only to end up as rejection letters. Then of course the reality of life sets in as with any youth and pressed times and lack of funds along with dissatisfactions all seemed to build up the wall around and finding the gate was the key. Only some of us, let's be truthful, tend to jump the fence, and it's not always the right means in which to hurdle one over the steepest of obstacles, but choice is choice and at times we make the wrong choice and get lost in the confusion of the world and its wonders and lose our way along the path, taking that mistaken turn at the fork in the road. But if we are true to ourselves and keep searching along that path we can finally find our way back to the gate and with the key in hand step on through. Perseverance is the key to establish one self if not in success, in favor of being able to be content with one self if nothing else, and doing and living and finding in one self that true end of it all and what really was important in the beginning remains to be as true as if it never left us behind in the first place. So live your dream if only in your own mind and be thankful you have a mind in which to live your dream.
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Reviewed by Anne-Marie Reynolds for Readers' Favorite The Hut in the Woods by VLZ is a spine-chilling thriller. Carly Ruth Laden is young, beautiful, and she has everything – a doting family, a wonderful protective brother, and a husband that other women would kill for. But there’s something wrong – Carly believes that her husband, Dorian, is cheating on her and that their marriage is falling apart. The truth is much worse. Carly makes the decision to confront Dorian to discover the truth, but then she disappears. Her family is left to pick up the pieces, to deal with the awful chain of events that is now set in motion. With a serial killer on the loose as well, can anything ever be the same again? Will Carly be found safe and sound, or has the unthinkable happened? The Hut in the Woods by VLZ was a cracking good read. This is one of those stories guaranteed to draw any reader in right from the start, and it won’t let go. I found it very difficult to put it down, needing to know what was going to happen next and, with plenty of twists and turns, some of them very dark, it was an edge-of-the-seat thriller. The plot was excellent, incredibly well-written and flowing smoothly from one scene to the next while the characters were really well developed. This is the kind of story that has you falling into it, feeling as though you are there with them, living the story as it happens, and that, together with a compelling plot, is a winning combination for me. This is a great book for those who want something to get their teeth into.
The Bogeyman – A review of the novel ‘The Hut in the Woods’ “Believe only half of what you see and nothing that you hear” - Edgar Allan Poe Author Vicki Zell’s latest novel ‘The Hut in the Woods’ narrates the story of Carly Shiffer, a 27 year old woman with an overactive imagination whose life begins to unravel after a blast from her past resurfaces. When she discovers a harrowing truth about her husband, her perfect life in the small town falls apart, while also affecting her parents and her older brother. And with a serial killer on the loose in the town, the law enforcement agencies are on their toes and that is when Carly goes missing. Soon accusations start flying across thick and fast and strange suspects too pop into the picture. Carly is shown married to Dorian Shiffer, a man that many women in their town consider as the perfect specimen of the male species. But unknown to them her marriage and domestic life is rapidly deteriorating by every passing day. But Carly soon finds out the reason behind Dorian’s physical and emotional detachment from her. And when her caring parents and over protective brother get involved, it initiates a chain of events resulting in Carly going missing and Dorian being blamed for it. The author makes full use of Carly’s overactive imagination to sheath the small town setting with a cloak of mystery and intrigue right from the start of the book. And more often than not it’s this overactive imagination of hers that fuels the narrative forward. The author often takes the reader inside Carly’s mind and shows you her quirks and her almost paranoid behaviour, leading you to question everything and not knowing whom or what to trust in the story. The Hut in the Woods is excellently crafted and is a wonderful dramatic piece that manages to scare you, thrill you and also humor you with its understated and almost subtle humor. The wonderful use of the language has to be appreciated as well; it has been altered to suit each character’s personality and demeanour. The book stays at an even pace while providing emotional ups and downs by way of an actual plot and real characters. Initially it does take its own time to get going but after the half way mark the chapters fly by rather quickly. In fact it is after Carly goes missing from the narrative that we get to see some of the best material in the book. The interrogation scenes, almost all the scenes with Decker and the final scene are some of the highlights worth mentioning. The character of Leonard Houser is nicely used and you will appreciate the brilliance in that character’s conception and usage by the end. For many people a good book means one that is structured properly, one that has got its story moving in a consistent manner and is told in an entertaining voice. While for others it is the ending that they consider as the most important part of the book. In the case of The Hut in the Woods it emerges a definite winner on both the counts. The strength in the writing itself should take this book into the definitive reading list.