Jeannie Parker married a serial killer.
She didn’t know it at the time.
But she blames her own demons for steering her into such a black orbit.
Now, she’s running for her life.
Stumbling through the frozen woods, she’s mad-lucky to find the decrepit cabin. But she can only hide so long. Their final showdown awaits. At least she’s stopped lying to herself about his depravity–so impossible to withstand, let alone outwit. Maybe she doesn’t deserve to get away given her complicity over the years.
Still, a budding survival instinct within, Nag, disagrees with her assessment. The strongest part of herself won’t allow an easy surrender. Nag changes the odds.
And the odds stack up against Jeannie. Plummeting temperatures, endless wilderness, and festering evil diminish any chance of escape. Only one question remains: can she root out her inner villains and flip the script on her inevitable demise?
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Katherine Carlson grew up in a cold place; so cold, in fact, that the winter often felt like a foreign character in her life. Not a nemesis necessarily–more like a constant jab in the back.
“Weather can toughen you,” she says. “Make you somewhat invincible to the smaller obstacles. At least that’s what I told myself when waiting for my eyelashes to thaw after walking to school.”
Harsh weather also plays a role in Carlson’s latest thriller, Survival Instinct. It serves as a keen adversary but also helps level the playing field–granting Jeannie a chance at escape. Weather, a foot soldier of Nature, stands as a metaphor for existence. Are we at the mercy of an unknowable, apathetic force that deals only in entropy, or is there a bias at play–one that encourages survival and awaits redemption.
Carlson is the author of Arrows Across Eons: Becoming Tina Turner and Story Girl.