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The Knife Thrower's Wife Paperback – Illustrated, Sept. 29 2020
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Illustrator Julia Green believes she's living the American dream in suburban Houston, until she begins having sleepwalking nightmares featuring her husband, Austin, as a knife thrower with scantily clad Julia strapped to his target. And Austin's aim is regrettably poor.
Julia paints scenes from her dreams, and in analyzing them, realizes that what her friend, Trix, said is true, that 'she doesn't see what is right in front of her'. Soon, as Julia questions her lifestyle and state of mind, her observations light the wick on an explosive cache of suspicions and repressed secrets.
When an unexpected tragedy occurs, Julia becomes the focus of the media and police, and she must cast off her submissive persona, find inner strength, and navigate treacherous waters to her long-overdue awakening.
In Sheila McGraw's energetic, polished mystery The Knife Thrower's Wife, cracks begin to appear in a long marriage. Julia loves her husband, Austin, whose portrayal as a mean, even sinister, man is spot-on. The book is realistic in its depiction of a family picking up the pieces of a marital implosion.
In humorous fantasy scenes, Julia slips into daydreaming about how she would react more assertively to people if she had no personal and social constraints.
Visual lines show how Julia feels "tiny, hairy centipede feet of fear" and capture her house as "a domestic detention unit" in the eyes of a big city resident, and in conversations, characters' South Texas mannerisms come out to entertaining effect.
--Foreword (Clarion Review)
About the Author
- Publisher : White Bird Publications; Illustrated edition (Sept. 29 2020)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 340 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1633634779
- ISBN-13 : 978-1633634770
- Item weight : 336 g
- Dimensions : 12.7 x 1.8 x 20.32 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,623,269 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Her feelings come out in dreams that can’t be ignored in the daylight. She’s her husband’s target and her long-held beliefs were wrong. Her best friend Trix was right. She was blind to the holes in her marriage and her own submission to his authority.
When a tragedy occurred, she was faced with casting off her shrinking demeanor and stand-up for herself or things could go bad quickly. Her painting of the dreams to analyze them targeted her for all the wrong reasons. Could she find the inner strength to do what was necessary to make it through the ordeal?
This is an excellent read for mystery-thriller lovers who enjoy twisty-turny plots that’ll up your sleuthing skills.