Lulie and Nate Brannigan have had a loving, dreamlike marriage for the past four years.
Nate’s stepchildren are calling him “Dad,” and the neighbors have rid themselves of any anxieties caused by a new interracial couple living down the block. Things are warm and cozy in the Brannigan household until an unexpected visit.
Police come to their door, arrest Nate, and refuse to say why. Then, in an abuse of their power, they force the wife and children to come along with them, in a second squad. Lulie is seething. “What do you even think my husband’s done?”
She is to find out all too soon, and she must choose between her long-sought love and the unthinkable.
She tries to return to her single mom life. But overnight, Lulie starts to lose it. She reaches out to her sister, a grad student in psychology. Is she having a nervous breakdown? Is she crazy? Lulie fears she will never be right.
Within nine days, Nate’s bailed out and thinks he can come home.
He keys himself in and refuses to leave, so she and the two boys must go. They run, they move, they even hide, but the three can’t shake him. As the man slowly morphs from embittered spouse into a cunning night stalker, Lulie can’t get her head around it. Nate will stop at nothing to get his family back.
One night, in a harrowing, life-or-death predicament, how can she get the children out — when there is no way?
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An accomplished writer of songs, poems, and short stories, Mary Lynn’s love of writing started in her high school years. She began writing poems, sealing them in envelopes addressed to herself, and
hiding them in a shoebox underneath her bed. Later, it was short stories, but she was always writing for the fun of it.
The Real Dad, her debut novel, is based on true events.
Mary Lynn likes to give credit to the many authors of Fiction Writing Texts, most particularly Sol Stein and Donald Maass.