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Gloria Zachgo’s The Rocking Horse will take your breath away in the first few pages. A family is brutally murdered without thought or remorse, a young child is ripped away with nothing to cling to but her wooden rocking horse. The small town and remaining family and friends find it difficult to continue on, struggling to rise above their despair. This unsolved murder rocks Shady Creek, Kansas to its core.
“Amanda jumped when she heard the door open. At first she was merely startled, but she became alarmed when she realized the unwelcome guest was high. She looked into glassy eyes as he staggered toward her.”
Several years later the town is visited by a young woman with an uncanny presence about her facing her own demons. A homeless veteran struggles to decipher what he sees, what he knows and what he fears. A sheriff with a dark deep secret that has been eating him away daily faces death with a clearer conscience. Can those left behind after the vicious murder survive the secrets and discoveries?
“Helen got a sick feeling down deep inside when she read the letter. She suspected that whatever had haunted her husband for the past twenty years was going to be passed on to Dan.”
Zachgo does an excellent job of keeping the reader guessing while perched on the edge of their chair. Vivid descriptions, shocking revelations abound in The Rocking Horse with a twinge of the supernatural thrown in.
Character descriptions and developments are perfect. The plot is clear and easily followed with a few twists and turns thrown in to make the mystery stronger. The romance is fresh and slow moving in order to build a stronger relationship at the end. The hurt is clearly evident and painfully felt through the thoughtful words used by Zachgo.
Zachgo is an avid story teller that knows the way to a good solid book and the way into readers hearts and minds.
This book was quickly read as it grabs your attention and won’t let go.
WordsAPlenty gives this book a 5 star review.
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