Glista, Karen. “The Taking of Peggy Martin”, Independently Published. 2017.
Peggy Martin is a young nurse who works at Rusk, an institution for the criminally insane in East Texas. Her husband, Danny, was supposedly killed in a car accident but Peggy believes that he was murdered and that the murderer is Jasper Johnson killed her husband. When Peggy is summoned to a meeting with Jasper’s mother, Marabelle, she learns that she thinks that Danny was the illegitimate child of her dead husband, Charles. She is filled with doubt and is afraid that the Johnsons will betray her somehow and she feels herself losing control and going insane. In hopes of staying stable, Peggy throws herself completely into her work. She is soon dealing with a
schizophrenic in a straitjacket and by circumstance she finds out that he is Morgan Dubois. When Morgan was a child, he was found burrowed in the ground in the Piney Wood Thicket. Peggy also learns that there is a link between Morgan and her now dead husband as well as to what she is experiencing mentally.
Now if I were to stop writing tight now, I believe that most of you would think that this is an intriguing story and, believe me, it is. But no matter how intriguing a story might be, it must be told in prose that keeps us reading. Before this book, I had never heard of Karen Glista but I can say this—she knows how to write a story. It is not often I read a book in one sitting but that is what happened here. I do not think I even blinked after reading page one. I could, of course continue summarizing the plot but I won’t for fear that I might give away some of the secrets that are revealed.
It is important to remember that Peggy had been raised to care for people and that is about the only good thing that came out of her fundamentalist family upbringing. Unfortunately she had her own problems to deal with while she tried to help others. She soon began to question things that she had always accepted as fact. Because of so many strange happenings, Peggy finds herself on the brink and losing her sanity. Her work brings her even more questions. Since Peggy narrates the story in the first person, we tend to follow her thoughts and root for her. If you like mysteries and psychological thrillers, this is the book for you. If you don’t, read it anyway and perhaps open yourself to new genre. I have the feeling that there is more of the story to come and you want to be up-to-date for when that happens.