The Swirling Red Mist

A Tale of Murder

Fiction - Thriller - Psychological
247 Pages
Reviewed on 02/15/2019
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Author Biography

Geree McDermott was born and raised in San Diego, CA and lived in Solana Beach for eleven years before her husband Jim and she moved to Socorro, New Mexico where Geree graduated from New Mexico Tech with highest honors. After graduation, Geree and Jim moved to Mountainair, NM where she opened an art studio/gallery. But landlocked in New Mexico, Geree missed living at the beach so in 2007 she and Jim moved back to the beach, but in South America.
In 2011, Geree lost a breast to cancer and endured a year of chemotherapy. She began writing as a form of therapy; she had anger to vent and fear to overcome. After five years, she completed "The Swirling Red Mist: A Tale of Murder" which follows a stalker who becomes a murderer, killing the innocent when they least expect it and she who survives.
Geree and Jim now live on the central coast of Chile.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Anne-Marie Reynolds for Readers' Favorite

The Swirling Red Mist: A Tale of Murder by Geree McDermott is a psychological thriller. Bonnie and Riki are about to graduate and both have opened a new business in the Cedros Avenue Design District. But Riki is being stalked. Someone has been in her apartment, notes are being left, and the same figure is seen wherever she is. Nancy Thomason has moved into the same district to start her own new career. No-one seems to realize that she has a mental illness, one that is rapidly escalating. The swirling red mist is taking over her life, leading her to stalk, to kill and to laugh about it afterward. Nobody seems to realize until things go too far.

The Swirling Red Mist: A Tale of Murder by Geree McDermott is a gripping tale of suspense. You know early on who and what but the story is all about following the psychopath as she goes about her “business”. The suspense is built up gradually in an edge of the seat story that has plenty of twists in it, leading to a stunning ending – I wonder whether there is a sequel to this on the way? The characters are developed throughout the story, easy to identify with and in a way that you can almost walk beside them, live the story as they do. It is clear that proper research has been done on the specific mental illness; it shows through in the way the story is written. I really enjoyed this well-paced story and highly recommend it to fans of suspense tales and thrillers. Great story, very scary.