The Fear Of Things To Come By Kathryne Arnold



The DSM. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. A voluminous, invaluable tool used by psychotherapists the world over to diagnose individuals with mental illness. Referenced by Samantha Clark countless times throughout her career, never suspecting that one day it would save her life.

Samantha receives a seemingly innocent but anonymous letter, and overnight her world changes forever. She becomes a victim in a frightening game of cat-and-mouse, a nightmare that begins when her boyfriend, Todd, fails to return to the wellness retreat they own in the woods of Florida. Working closely with police, Samantha and two trusted friends discover that Todd’s disappearance is linked to a series of murders occurring in a nearby county. They soon find themselves prey to a mentally ill patient from Samantha’s past, bent on revenge. With time bearing down, they must weave together the clues found in a succession of ominous letters and the DSM to save Todd. Their mission to unravel the mystery behind the kidnapping plunges them into a terrifying maze of danger, deception, and madness.



“The Fear Of Things To Come was CREEPY!  The lead male character, Donnie, has some serious issues stemming from his past with a horribly abusive father.  Donnie is actually very brilliant. He took a computer course while in the mental facility and was able to really grasp the tech side and further educate himself in how computer work and garner some serious hacking skills. He was able to hack into medical facility files. This made for one heck of a dangerous character!

I think Kathryne did a great job laying out the mystery of Todd’s disappearance, for Samantha. I also liked that she has characters involved with Donnie that aren’t necessarily bad, but have circumstances that are leading them into this really bad lifestyle. You see certain characters want to change their lives but things like drugs and desperately needing that next fix hold them back from doing the right thing right away. I feel like Kathryne really hit on how desperate people can feel sometimes. She also tapped into some serious rage with Donnie. Parts of the story were really terrifying to read! I had to put it down a couple of times and then go back and finish reading it.

If you are into thrillers, this one is for you!

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About the Author
Author Kathryne Arnold
Kathryne holds a master’s degree in counseling psychology and is a licensed mental health therapist and certified clinical hypnotherapist. Her extensive knowledge of the human experience, garnered from more than two decades in the mental health and social services fields, is reflected in The Fear of Things to Come, her second novel.





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2 thoughts on “The Fear Of Things To Come By Kathryne Arnold”

  1. Crystal,
    I wanted to thank you for your wonderful review of my second book, The Fear of Things to Come! I really appreciate you taking the time to read and review my novel, and I’m glad you seemed to enjoy it so much. Take care!
    Kathryne Arnold


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