Traces of Mary

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Pub Date 08 Mar 2022 | Archive Date 31 Dec 2021
Crossroad Press, Macabre Ink

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Despite carrying the scars of childhood trauma, Mary McAllister has enjoyed a successful career and become the mother of two wonderful children. Then their deadbeat father leaves, her young daughter dies, and she is hospitalized in a psychiatric center as she seeks to recover from this devastating loss. But she is not the same when she is released—and during escalating periods of crisis, she claims to be possessed by Z-DA, an evil creature from a distant galaxy that has come to earth in a war almost as old as the universe itself with Ordo, leader of a good species.

Is this real, or only extreme psychosis? Is Mary's young son, Billy, really Theus, the First Lieutenant for Ordo, as she increasingly believes? Is Billy's dead sister, Jessica, really reaching out to her brother for help in freeing her from the dark and distant place where she is trapped? As a city is engulfed in mayhem, events race toward a stunning conclusion in Traces of Mary, a one-of-a-kind mix of horror, science-fiction, thriller and mystery by best-selling author G. Wayne Miller.

Despite carrying the scars of childhood trauma, Mary McAllister has enjoyed a successful career and become the mother of two wonderful children. Then their deadbeat father leaves, her young daughter...


Advance Praise

"The Legendary G. Wayne Miller has done it again! The mix of science fiction with psychological terror is the perfect match for this sublime story!" - Mark Slade, author, podcaster and anthologist

Perhaps it is his history as a reporter, or his investigative non-fiction, but either way, G. Wayne Miller has a way of delivering a suspenseful crime story with believable reality and scope. He leaves it to the readers to decide if the looming conclusion is paranormal or a natural horror, but by the end of “Traces for Mary,” you will be at the edge of your seat. - Chauncey Haworth, radio show host, podcaster and writer.

"The Legendary G. Wayne Miller has done it again! The mix of science fiction with psychological terror is the perfect match for this sublime story!" - Mark Slade, author, podcaster and anthologist

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Thanks to NetGalley, G. Wayne Miller and Crossroad Press. This book was extremely enjoyable. The characters were fantastic and I was able to connect and sympathize with them immediately. There was literary commentary on grief, mental illness and spirituality throughout. The storyline was really unique. I found myself constantly changing my opinion on whether what Mary was experiencing was mental illness caused by trauma, demonic possession or if she was being influenced by some other entity. It definitely keeps the reader on their toes. I also enjoyed some of the other small details the author provided. Especially the inclusion of news reports from local papers and TV studios. Also loved the cast of characters at the beginning. I wish more authors would do this, it is always included for plays so why not novels? This would easily be a 4 star read for me but I think it needs some polishing to get there. The timeline is hard to follow from time to time and I felt like there were age discrepancies and some jumbling of dates off and on. That being said I absolutely loved the story, the combination of trauma and science fiction was a blast for me.

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