SHE KNEW HER DAD WAS ANGRY,
BUT SHE NEVER EXPECTED THIS.
The Caging at Deadwater Manor
When Jeannie Kynde’s mother dies suddenly in a tragic accident, she imagines that her father will continue to take care of her. But things don’t quite work out that way.
Four years later, tricked into driving herself to the sinister and imposing Deadwater Manor, Jeannie finds herself incarcerated in the psychiatric hospital, by a father who still blames her for the untimely death of her mother.
Now at the mercy of a bitter nurse, an inappropriate attendant and a psychiatrist who is prepared to do her father’s bidding at any cost, Jeannie is desperate to plot an escape from the institution before she comes to serious harm.
Her saviour could come in the form of Christian, a detective who has also been locked away while trying to investigate the disappearance of another young girl, but he is in a much worse state and suffering from the effects of brutal shock therapy.
Jeannie accepts that if she is to escape she’s going to have to do it for herself. But does she have the strength to overcome her fears and escape the clutches of her increasingly unhinged captors? And if she does find a way out, can she save Christian as well?
On a cold, January evening, fourteen-year-old Jeannie Kynde is told that her beloved mother drowned in the murky waters along Florida's Gulf Coast. Her distraught father turns on Jeannie, no longer the caring father she once knew. Four years later, Jeannie is finally old enough to escape her father's clutches, but he has different plans. He imprisons her at Deadwater Manor, a psychiatric hospital with an unscrupulous past. Between endless psychiatric treatments and a hospital staff up to no good, Jeannie faces insurmountable odds as each day ticks away. Will she be locked away forever? Or can she fight against the nightmare that has now become her world?
If you like suspenseful shockers, you're sure to love this psychological thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat and stay with you long afterward. Check out the great reviews on this novel that debuted on the #1 Hot New Releases bestseller list.
Note: This book is intended for mature young adult (16+), new adult, and older audiences due to profanity and sensual content.
The inspiration for the story came from Sandie's beloved father who worked in various psychiatric hospitals during short periods of his career. In the attic of one such hospital, he made a disturbing discovery - one that bothered Sandie so much, she had to create a story around it. Though fiction, many parts of the book intertwine the patient routines, treatments and outbursts that she learned from her father and other research in a way that makes the story vivid through Jeannie's perspective.
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Praise for The Caging at Deadwater Manor
"Great read! Fantastic work on this very addictive book. I couldn't put it down but didn't want it to be over either from page 1 to the end. A true literary masterpiece." Brian Miller, Amazon Customer
"What a fantastic, suspense-filled ride! This is a must read for suspense lovers! It captivated me from the start and kept me riveted to the last page. Although, I was sorry the book had to have an ending." June Katherina, Amazon Customer
"This is a polished independent novel that skillfully blends coming-of-age, mystery, and suspense genre elements. The pacing is excellent and well-wrought, drawing the reader along to share in Jean's terror, frustration, and helplessness, as well as her hope and resolve to escape." C. Cameron, Amazon Customer
"Five Stars! Absolutely the best book I have read this year. It was hard to put the kindle down." Amazon Customer
"Couldn't put it down!!! I downloaded this book today and had the great pleasure of finishing it tonight!! I couldn't put it down. It had me on pins and needles the whole time and I couldn't wait to reach the ending. It left me guessing the whole time!! Can't wait to read more from this author!" Amazon Customer
"WOW! This thriller definitely had my heart racing! It is so exciting to find a great debut author and Sandie Will is just that with The Caging at Deadwater Manor. You do not want to miss this one! The characters are SO well written it seems like a memoire...which makes it that much makes it that much more creepy!!" Kim Page, Amazon Customer
"Holy Heck! This book is intense! I'd classify this book somewhere between YA and NA, as the main character is subjected to some pretty intense situations. This book sucker punches you in the gut, as you can only witness as 18 year old Jeannie is held captive in an insane asylum. Every word of every horror she is put through will stay with you. And the ending, oh the ending... That's all I can say about that. Be prepared to be glued to the page. This is an amazing debut novel and I can't wait to find out what other stories Sandie Will has up lurking inside her!" Jennifer Zamboni, Amazon Customer
Sandie Will is an award-winning young adult novelist who lives in Tampa Bay, Florida and works as a manager and geologist by day. She has written two novels and is currently working on her third. Her first novel, The Caging at Deadwater Manor, is a young adult psychological thriller/horror that was the recipient of a 2017 Readers’ Favorite Book Award in YA Horror. Her second is a YA historical time travel series called Time Lands. The first book of the series is titled, The Hunger, and is expected to be released in 2018. She has been married to her husband, Charlie, for 30 years and they have two grown sons. Her favorite place to write is in her back room “treehouse” in the arms of an old oak.