BOOK REVIEW, The Threads That Bind by Dannye Williamsen
The Threads That Bind
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The following is my February 3, 2013, 5 Star Review:
Book: The Threads That Bind
(Sequel to Second Chances)
Author: Dannye Williamsen
Genre: Paranormal (Psychic abilities), Suspense, Thriller, Family Saga
Length: Approximately 328 Pages
THE THREADS THAT BIND by DANNYE WILLIAMSEN is the sequel to SECOND CHANCES. While these are two very different books, I highly recommend that you read them in order. I read and reviewed Second Chances in January 2012 and a year later, I find that I still think about this book and one character in particular, so I was thrilled to pick up THE THREADS THAT BIND to meet Darian's son, Fredrick.
THE THREADS THAT BIND picks the story up thirty-nine years later. We get reacquainted with some of the characters from SECOND CHANCES and meet new characters, all of whom were written so masterfully that I found myself really caring about them and their relationships with each other. I'm going to tell you a little secret. Avatar is back in this book. I was so pleased that this magnificent creature was back that I found myself smiling and audibly cooing. I loved this very spiritual being in Second Chances and he did not disappoint in this book. Also we get to meet Mandy a spunky and funny character that provided many laugh out loud moments in the book for me.
THE THREADS THAT BIND is a story of families and friendships torn apart by death and brought back together by those wonderful unseen ties. As a reader, I felt the deep sorrow of the characters and their trials at overcoming guilt about the circumstances of their loved ones deaths that touch their lives for many years afterward. The remaining family members and friends are drawn together and find that the deaths of their loved ones were not accidental but brought about by the hands of a psychopath.
Once again, Ms. Williamsen has created a character that is easily despised. Throughout the book, I kept wondering how that maniac was going to get his in the end, and BAM, Ms. Williamsen made the reader's heart go out to him in the end. I found that I wanted to wrap my arms around him and let him know everything was going to be okay. I just can't believe that an author has the ability to make a reader revile a character in such a way and then change that emotion to complete and utter compassion. AMAZING!
This book has it all. Beautiful writing, suspenseful moments, thrills that will have you jumping up and screaming, "No!!!!", tender interactions between the characters and a storyline that sucks you in and won't let go. At times, I found myself struck by how profound some of the sentiments made from mother to daughter or father to daughter were. So much so, that Jillian, while too young to understand what her mother was telling her, she would write the statements down in her journal knowing that one day they would make sense to her and make a difference in her life. These statements were so thought provoking, so inspired that I, myself, highlighted them so I could re-read them and continue to think about them.
I highly recommend this book!
The Threads That Bind Blurb:
Sequel to Second Chances: Thirty-nine years later, the threads that bind the generations begin to reconnect for the final battle in The Threads That Bind. By quirk of fate, Mandy Gray, whose last and best friend was Fredrika Marsh, leaves her secluded profession as a research psychologist in 2019 to take a position as a guidance counselor at Briarton Academy where the orphaned and wealthy Jillian Missildine is a student. They become fast friends, but it is four years before they discover the thread that connects them.
Once this connection is made, all the others - those connected to the past through Freddie and her nemesis - flow swiftly toward each other. The patterns of their lives become tangled and knotted, and the decision has to be made about who will survive.
“Sometimes the threads of one’s life fit neatly together and a pattern begins to emerge that has great promise. Other times, the threads become tangled and knotted, and the pattern gets lost. When this happens, it is best to snip the threads and begin again, for the pattern always awaits you.”
-The Book of Metanoia