Published May 2nd 2018 Tirgearr Publishing
When I first started to read TORMENTED, I initially felt that this was going to be something along the lines of The Thornbirds. Boy was I totally blindsided! First of all this was nothing of what I expected.
It was love at first sight from the moment Father Anthony spied the very glamorous beauty, Rita Wittier. From that moment on Anthony’s devotion to God and His Church took a back seat to the thoughts he had of Rita. He was a man obsessed and for the priest who had attained national recognition in a 60 Minute Interview of all the things he had done in establishing a home and school for disadvantaged and orphaned children he needed to talk to his childhood priest to confess his feelings and try to come to terms with his desire to quit the priesthood.
After traveling home to Delaware Anthony felt if redemption could be found, it would come in the form of the soothing Irish brogue of his former mentor. However, Anthony was just as confused after and decided to approach Rita and tell her of his feelings. Unfortunately, six hours after he told Rita she was found dead in her car, an apparent suicide…. or was it murder?
Wow and wow, as a Catholic I was really thrown by this storyline. I could imagine the torment Anthony was going through especially as everyone was in awe of him as the “Good Shephard” since the 60 Minute Interview. How on earth could he accept Rita’s alleged suicide? Was she so shocked at his declaration that she took her own life?
As the story evolves there are numerous suspects as to why Rita might have committed suicide and they all sense. However, her nine year old daughter knew without a doubt that her mommy would never leave her alone and she and the detective investigating the case began to believe her as well.
Bottom line: HUGE twist ending I never saw coming! Ms. Clayton-Gardner is a marvel!!!