Tuesday, April 19, 2022

Review: Shadows in the Mind's Eye by Janyre Tromp

Shadows in the Mind's Eye
by Janyre Tromp

Publisher: Kregel
Pages: 288
Format: eARC
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  Charlotte Anne Mattas longs to turn back the clock. Before her husband, Sam, went to serve his country in the war, he was the man everyone could rely on--responsible, intelligent, and loving. But the person who's come back to their family farm is very different from the protector Annie remembers. Sam's experience in the Pacific theater has left him broken in ways no one can understand--but that everyone is learning to fear.

Tongues start wagging after Sam nearly kills his own brother. Now when he claims to have seen men on the mountain when no one else has seen them, Annie isn't the only one questioning his sanity and her safety. If there were criminals haunting the hills, there should be evidence beyond his claims. Is he really seeing what he says, or is his war-tortured mind conjuring ghosts?

Annie desperately wants to believe her husband. But between his irrational choices and his nightmares leaking into the daytime, she's terrified he's going mad. Can she trust God to heal Sam's mental wounds--or will sticking by him mean keeping her marriage at the cost of her own life?

Kritters Thoughts:  Sam has just come home from war and while he came home with minimal physical injuries, he definitely came home with PTSD, but this is a time before PTSD was diagnosable and your friends and family just thought you were crazy.  Charlotte his wife is not sure what to do with the man who came home and this book is their post war story.  

I appreciated this story for showing what injuries you can come home with from a war and the battle that lives on in the brain after someone comes home from war.  The subject is needed in literature and I am glad the author wrote it.  For me, the story was jumpy and the flow didn't completely work.  While Sam's chapters flowed well, I thought Charlotte's didn't match in the beginning - she got a little too worried or reacted out of sync as I thought she would have, but in the end I felt as though they matched.  

The mystery kept me reading in this book.  Sam's story got me hooked and I wanted to figure out what he was truly experiencing and figure out if he was unreliable or if maybe there was a kernel of truth in what he was encountering.  I loved Sam's chapters way more than Charlotte's and that was interesting for me as a wife, I thought I would connect and love her side of the story more!

This was my first Janyre Tromp and while not my favorite book of the year, by far not my least favorite.  I would love to read more from this author and don't know where to go from here, have you read Janyre Tromp?  What should I try next?

Rating: enjoyable, but didn't leave me wanting more

Ebook 2022 Challenge: 31 out of 100

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from Audra Jennings PR.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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