The heart-wrenching story of a young woman’s struggle against treachery and exploitation when she has no one left to trust.
At seventeen, Demise has only ever wanted someone to love her. Lonely and abused by her family, she wishes for a better life. Her foster mother treats her like a servant. Her twin brother, Matthew, takes advantage of his status as the favored child while ignoring Demise constantly.
When the boy of her dreams notices her, Demise feels her luck is changing. However, what she thinks is a real connection turns out to be nothing more than a drunken fling. After she discovers that night has even more serious consequences, Demise is forced from the only home she knows.
Seeking her past with the hopes of a better future, Demise finds her birth mother, Penny, and is welcomed into her household. What seems like a dream come true turns out to be anything but it. Her world goes from bad to terrifying when her new ‘family’ reveal themselves to be monsters worse than she could imagine. Demise finds herself trapped in an unspeakable nightmare she can’t escape.
In this dark tale, Marie Bradley pits the resilient nature of human spirit against the darkness that exists in other people. What happens when dreams become nightmares? How far can this young woman be pushed before she takes matters into her own hands?
Packed with twists and turns, and filled with tragedy and deception, Immersed in Treachery is short fiction at its darkest and most thrilling.
Abandonment, abuse, neglect, and murder. These are the words used to describe the life that this 17-year-old girl is trying to escape. After attempting to end her life, in an unfamiliar place, she is admitted to a psychiatric hospital under the name Jane Doe. She must learn to trust Dr. Lance, as she reveals the truth about who she is.
Most people will say that you can’t run from your past. For this 17-year-old girl, running seems like the only answer. She struggles to speak of the events that led her to the bridge where she attempted to end her life. After refusing to give her name, the police take her to a nearby hospital where she is admitted under the name Jane Doe. Her fate rests in the hands of one doctor, who is determined to earn her trust and help her overcome what she is so obviously running from.
This story is filled with every emotion. A rough upbringing is relatable, but it’s easy for one person to forget just how bad things can get. This story depicts the struggle and hope for escape both physically and mentally.
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Somewhere in Chicago, a roomful of people have been taken hostage. The hostages will be killed one by one, the masked gunman says on-screen, unless the police will admit that they faked the death of the legendary superhero called the Kingfisher and helped him to give up his defense of the city thirty years ago.
Retired reporter Marcus Waters made his name as a journalist covering the enigmatic superhero’s five years of cleaning up Chicago’s streets. Then the Kingfisher died, Chicago resumed its violent turmoil, and Marcus slid back into obscurity.
But did the Kingfisher really die? And who would take hostages connected to the Kingfisher's past attempts to clean up the streets? With the help of disgraced police officer Lucinda Tillman and a young hacktivist named Wren, Marcus will explore the city's violence, corruption, and chaos to figure out if the vigilante hero died tragically, or gave up hope and abandoned the city―and for the hostages, the clock is ticking.
When Japanese ex-pat Naoka meets Henri, a middle-aged woman who is both wildly unconventional and is hiding something that she refuses to share, she finds herself introduced to a collection of oddities who share the same hindrance. They are all insomniacs. This chance meeting soon provides Naoka with a much greater problem, when she and Henri become inadvertently caught up with the Fresno-DeBeers family, whose daughter has been kidnapped. Henri is determined to 'help' the police with their investigation, and the Fresno-DeBeers to find their daughter, and enlists the assistance of the unwilling Naoka as part of her efforts. As they get deeper and deeper into the case, living among oddballs and eccentric insomniacs who live their lives during the hours of darkness, they encounter the often weird and sometimes dangerous characters who inhabit the night.
But can they really make a difference to the case? Are they really able to provide anything of value and will they find the Fresno-DeBeers’ daughter before it is too late?