Kat will never truly be free until she confronts the guilt over her past. But can she conquer the enemy within that holds her in its death grip? It’s a fight she must win at any cost. Or lose what matters the most.
I was actually quite surprised by this one to be honest. Usually when an adult fiction read is just over the hundred page mark (almost novella length), it tends to either lack in story development or gloss over the important things. Here, neither is the case...in fact, it packs a one two punch! It's toted as a Contemporary Fiction novel and that certainly fits, but it also has grit, military threads, psychological terrors, familial ties, and love. It's as complex as its characters with a story line that many can relate to in one way or another, especially the PTSD angle; something that is hard to imagine but the author really put you behind the eyes of Kat when things came tumbling down. I found it refreshing that a female lead was used in this case, definitely lending to the contemporary edge of the writing. It allowed us to explore wartime exposure from another viewpoint as well as the return back home. It's not always as seamless as we would like to think and the twists and turns presented here, only add to the intrigue.
In the end, a read that stands on its own two feet while reminding us that the sacrifices made by our men and women in the armed forces don't necessarily end when they arrive home. Sometimes the unseen scars are even worse than those on display. What they saw, did, and lived through. They fester in the dark recesses of the mind and unless drawn out in a safe environment for dissection and understanding, can erupt when least expected. A case in point here shared with enough finesse to let us see behind the hardship and struggle to the people, the families underneath.
But her real inspirations have been her mother, a college lecturer in English, and her father, a former Marine and internationally renowned cartoonist. They both instilled a passion for the arts and the fighting spirit to pursue a writing career.
Tracy's debut novel, DEATH GRIP, is influenced by the plight of returning military women expected to resume their demanding roles as wives and mothers while struggling with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. However, DEATH GRIP, is for the survivors of any tragic event and their loved ones who suffer along with them.
Tracy is a Pushcart Award nominated writer whose work has appeared in literary magazines and book anthologies. She is also a prize-winning screenwriter.