Published by Amazon Digital Services on October 31, 2016
Genres: Crime/Serial Killer, Dark Fiction, Fiction, Horror, Paranormal, Psychological Horror
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It's been eight years since Amy Brunswick was institutionalised for the murder of five people, including her own father. Now a teenager, and having undergone extensive rehabilitation and psychological evaluation, she is released from Whispers Ward and now faces integration into the world beyond, an environment she has been absent from for more than a decade. With no one for support and a few pounds in her pocket, she faces a fresh start, one that gives her a chance to redeem for her earlier sins.
But she isn't alone.
Despite the rehabilitation, the presence of Charlotte is still buried deep within Amy. Her imaginary friend has taken a back seat, but the evil spirit remains, untouched and maturing. And despite the psychological evaluations, Amy hasn't forgotten who incarcerated her, either.
No, she hasn't forgotten about her mother, the woman who dumped her at Whispers Ward eight years earlier. A mother who abandoned her for a fresh life with a new family, a new husband, a new house and three new children. A woman who disowned her first daughter in shame, and moved on because she couldn't handle the responsibility. Remembering the past brings Charlotte to the surface once more, but Amy is her own woman now. She can handle her own business, can stand on her own two feet, and doesn't need the help of her imaginary friend any more.
Which is when Amy decides to find her mother for a little reunion...
AMY: The Sequel To Chrlotte (The Charlotte Chronicles Book 3), by Stuart Keane is the third book–and the conclusion to–The Charlotte Chronicles. I highly recommend reading CHARLOTTE prior to AMY, as these events pick up after the repercussions of the incidences that concluded in CHARLOTTE.
Amy Brunswick was committed to Whispers Ward, a physchological institution, following the extreme murders she committed while under Charlotte’s “guidance”. Due in part to the fact that one of these victims was her own father, Amy’s mother, Patricia, abandoned her at the age of ten. Unencumbered, Patricia then remarried–now the stepmother of a teenage daughter close to Amy’s age, and a mother of two young boys.
While Patricia tries to forget the past, her mind will never let her. Having witnessed first-hand Charlotte’s fury, she can never truly let her guard down: “. . . It’s nearly time . . . Amy will be free. Charlotte will still be inside her . . . “
Now a teenager who has spent the past eight years cut off from civilization, Amy Brunswick is being released–along with her “companion” who never left, the force that is Charlotte.
Keane does a great job in showing us life inside the ward–how Amy escapes the guards’ “punishments” with Charlotte’s protection. Still, as a teenager without a clue of how the world around her operates, Amy sets out with one goal in mind–find the mother who left her all those years ago.
No words are wasted in this action-packed book, full of various kinds of brutal murders, plots, and “accidents”. Every statement has weight and importance to advance the plot.
“The grey of the evening sky provided ample cover, a security blanket of shadow that enabled certain people to go about their business in peace and privacy.”
As the book progresses, the tension continues to amp up around all the characters. We know and feel the emotions and driving forces behind the various people in this story. Each of them are believable due to their individual roles here.
Keane saved the best for last as far as the rapid pacing and bloody body count tally. We are moved along effortlessly from scene to scene, and I–personally–had a difficult time tearing myself away from Amy’s story, even momentarily. A fantastic conclusion to an incredible trilogy.