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A Whisper For Help
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Publisher:  Garnett Publishing, Inc. ISBN-10:  0971415005 Type: 


Copyright:  Oct 1 2001

A young woman reclaims her life after a suicide attempt

and confronts the brutal, sensuous split personality that drove her to the

brink in order to solve a mystery which has followed

her for decades.

Garnett Publishing, Inc.

Danae Connor has returned home to her family's ominous

Ozark Mountains Lodge to rebuild her life after a suicide attempt

left her physically broken and emotionally bereft. As she

struggles through the abandonment of her college sorority,

the stigmatization of her small hometown and an ongoing

combative relationship with her mother, Danae discovers the

symptoms that gave rise to Lana, her sensuous

and self-destructive alter-ego, have begun to reappear.

Suddenly coping with a new romance and the obsession of a brutal drug

runner, Danae's anxiety over the re-emergence of her mental condition

is broadsided by a mystery from her childhood which may hold the key

to her healing.



“A game?,” she said in a taunting, almost longing tone. “Does this look like a game to you?” She stepped closer to the edge of the ravine.

“Jesus, Danae,” Eric said, suddenly afraid but trying to stay calm. “Stop a second and think about what you’re doing.”

“I am thinking, Eric. I’m thinking about how far you have to push sometimes to get something worthwhile – how hard you have to try to get there. The things you have to get past and overcome and fight your way through. And I’m wondering if you think I’m worth it.”

“This is nuts!,” Eric exclaimed, his composure now gone. He put his hands on his hips and stared at her angrily. She answered by taking another step back toward the edge. “Jesus, Danae, for God’s sake, stop.” His words were tense, but the anger was suddenly replaced by fear.

“I’m going to do this, Eric, and if you want me, you’re going to do it, too.” There was suddenly a silence in the wilderness, as if the frogs and the crickets suddenly rested all at once. Danae’s voice was soft and low.

“Sometimes you have to go to the end to get to the beginning.”

In a blur she turned and bolted two more steps, her warm, limber legs launching her off a large flat rock that was elevated about a foot or so from the rest of the trail. Her naked body jackknifed into the air, moonlight washing for a split second across her back and buttocks, and she evaporated into the darkness.

Eric felt a plunging feeling inside him when he realized she was committed to the jump. “Omigod-omigod-omigod!,” his voice was high and tense and breaking as he sped forward toward the edge of the ravine. His mind raced through a memory of her jump from the dorm rooftop, the terrible consequences her suicide attempt had had on her and her family and friends. He imagined for a split second that somehow, something he’d said or done had sent her over. This time she’d be dead, and he’d be responsible.

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