THE ABDUCTION OF MARY ROSE
A suspense novel interwoven with threads of romance and paranormal.
Imagine discovering everything you believe about yourself to be a lie. And that the truth could stir a killer from his lair.
Following the death of the woman she believed to be her mother, 28-year-old Naomi Waters learns from a malicious aunt that she is not only adopted, but the product of a brutal rape that left her birth mother, Mary Rose Francis, a teenager of Micmac ancestry, in a coma for 8 months.
Dealing with a sense of betrayal and loss, but with new purpose in her life, Naomi vows to track down Mary Rose’s attackers and bring them to justice. She places her story in the local paper, asking for information from residents who might remember something of the case that has been cold for nearly three decades.
She is about to lose hope that her efforts will bear fruit, when she gets an anonymous phone call. Naomi has attracted the attention of one who remembers the case well.
But someone else has also read the article in the paper. The man whose DNA she carries.
And he has Naomi in his sights.
“…Ms. Hovey’s talent in creating characters is so real, you feel their emotions and their fears. You want to yell at them to warn of the danger . . . and you do! Your shouts fall on deaf ears . . . and you cry! The best suspense writer I’ve ever read!
Beth Anderson, Author of Raven Talks back
“…Alfred Hitchcock and Stephen King come to mind, but JOAN HALL HOVEY is in a Class by herself!…”
J.D. Michael Phelps, Author of My Fugitive, David Janssen
“…CANADIAN MISTRESS OF SUSPENSE…The author has a remarkable ability to turn up the heat on the suspense… great characterizations and dialogue…” James Anderson, author of Deadline
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Joan Hall Hovey was born and grew up in Saint John, N.B. She attended Saint John High School, went on to take secretarial training at New Brunswick Business College, (long gone) after which she worked at various secretarial jobs. She married and had a family. During this time her dream of becoming a writer was never far away. Her first short story The Dreamer was published by New Brunswick’s The Atlantic Advocate, (sadly defunct) in April 1980.
Inspired by such writers as Edgar Allan Poe, Shirley Jackson and Ruth Rendell, she wrote her first suspense novel. Listen to the Shadows was published by Kensington/Zebra Books, NY, in 1991 with Nowhere To Hide (Eppie Award for best thriller) following in 1993.
Her other novels include:
And Then he was Gone
The Deepest Dark
The Abduction of Mary Rose
Nowhere to Hide
Chill Waters ( Bloody Dagger Award)
Listen to the Shadows
In addition to her novels, Hovey’s articles and short stories have appeared in such diverse publications as The Toronto Star, Atlantic Advocate, Seek, Home Life Magazine, Mystery Scene, The New Brunswick Reader, Fredericton Gleaner, New Freeman and Kings County Record and The Writer’s Magazine. Her short story Dark Reunion was selected for the anthology investigating Women, Published by Simon & Pierre.
Ms. Hovey has held workshops and given talks at various schools and libraries in her area, including New Brunswick Community College, and taught courses in writing popular fiction (enrichment program) at the University of New Brunswick. She is a tutor with Winghill School, an online school in Ottawa for aspiring writers.
She received a $10,000 grant from Arts Canada for a novel-in-progress. Ms.Hovey attended a number of writers’ conferences in both Canada and the U.S., and in 1984 attended The Writer’s Workshop in London, England, where celebrity panelists included Stephen King, Robert Parker and P.D James, with assistance from a travel grant from Arts NB. She received a Creative-documentation grant from Arts NB in 2003. She also juried on a panel with Arts N.B. in the literary category.
She is a member of the Writer’s Federation of New Brunswick, and past Regional Vice-President of Crime Writers of Canada, and a member of International Thriller Writers.
Her other passion is community theatre. As a member of both the old Saint John Theatre, and the new, she has acted in a number of plays. She directed and starred (with Noel Horgan) in Bernard Slade’s Same Time Next Year, presented at the Kennebecasis Valley High School, raising $5000.00 to help in the restoration of our glorious Imperial Theatre.
Her website is www.joanhallhovey.com