What should have been a peaceful walk on the beach turns tragic when best-selling suspense author Chloe Greene fails to save a ten-year-old boy from drowning along the California coast. For Chloe, the boy's death is simply more evidence that God does not exist - that anyone or anything can be taken by random chance, just as her own father was taken five years earlier.
Rob Stevens, the boy's grieving father and a recent widower, isn't sure he believes in God anymore, either, but when he becomes the target in a chain of violent attacks that are anything but random, he is forced to examine what he believes and what he has to live for.
As the pair search for answers, Chloe is introduced to a new religion that offers her the first hope and peace she has felt in years. That peace is threatened, however, when Chloe's old boyfriend, Luke, reenters her life and stirs up old memories and old desires.
Chloe rinds herself at a crossroads of the heart as well as of the soul, but her chance for a new beginning could be destroyed when a dense fog provides the perfect cover for an unknown assailant and one final attack.
I've always enjoyed GG's books and was excited when our library got this one. But it was not at the level of her previous books. The plot was unrealistic, characters weren't developed, and I felt it just skipped from one thing to another with no continuity. It also had a lot of editing errors which was surprising to me. It wasn't the fun amazing read that her other books have been.
Life is a precarious balancing act, and Whitney Award winning author, G. G. Vandagriff understands that on more than one level—both in her own life and in her prolific writing. Vandagriff is the author of a variety of books, including the non-fiction work Deliverance from Depression, the women’s novel, Pieces of Paris, which deals with a woman who must overcome PTSD to save her marriage, the wild and humorous Alex & Briggie mystery series, and an epic pre-WWI historical novel, The Last Waltz.
In Vandagriff’s recent novel, Foggy With a Chance of Murder, Chloe Green exists just above layers of grief, despite her talent and success as a best-selling novelist. She writes formula mystery novels to numb her mind, just as her mother drinks to forget her husband’s death. The only thing that is keeping Chloe’s mother semi-functional is Chloe’s successful career as an author. Fed up with her mother’s continually tipsy guests, Chloe escapes to walk the beach. There she meets a man—in the worst of circumstances. Rob Stevens is frantically searching for his young son who’s gone missing.
When the young boy drowns in the ocean right before her eyes, Chloe spirals back into a void of self-doubt. Despite her sympathy for other’s losses, she knows that she needs to make a serious change in a world she’s allowed to fill with hopelessness. Watching Rob’s grief reminds Chloe of her own tragedies, including her father’s death, and a heart-breaking romance she thought was over forever.
As a result of the young boy’s drowning, a cast of characters enters Chloe’s life, and before she realizes it, she is starting to change. Despite the fact that Chloe’s soul is expanding toward new possibilities, mystery and danger is around every corner as she grows closer to Rob and the volatile circumstances that seem to surround him. Then, an important part of her past returns and Chloe finds herself in the middle of more than one life-threatening situation.
Foggy With a Chance of Murder may be shelved with the other garden-variety suspense novels, but Foggy is so much more than the average offering. Vandagriff gives us glimpses into human nature that just aren’t found in the boilerplate mysteries, delving deep into characterization and stacking up the odds in a plot rich with complication and intrigue.
It wasn't the best read, but it wasn't the worst. The murder attempts were a little over the top.
From the very first page I was hooked. The setting, though beautiful, held an immediate sense of danger and I found myself holding my breath with the turn of every page. GG Vandagriff, a master of mystery, wove an amazing tale of suspense, romance, excitement and conversion. All the elements worked well together and the pace of the story made it impossible to put the book down.
Chloe, the main character and true heroine of the story, is a character we all wish we knew, a friend we wish we had. As she encounters Rob, a distraught father, looking for his young boy who is missing, Chloe catches a glimpse of the boy, out in the ocean and doesn't pause to think twice. Before we know it she is in the water, risking life and limb to save the boy.
Heart wrenching and real, each relationship is highly charged with powerful emotion. Each character brings a strong presence to the story, but Chloe and Rob shine as the main focus. Readers will keep their fingers crossed that the friendship Chloe and Rob share will grow into something more serious, but will be kept on the edge of their seats to find out if and how it all works out.
A fabulous book that will have you biting your nails and cheering all at the same time!
Once again GG Vandagriff has pulled us into suspense and mystery with a touch of romance and religion. "Foggy with a Chance of Murder" introduces you to some fascinating characters and some that may hit a nerve and/or heart with the readers. Her characters are realistic, not superficial or unbelievable, they are everyone's neighbor, friend and maybe a possible nemesis.
It starts off with a bang and just keeps going from there, turning the reader into an armchair Sherlock Holmes trying to solve the mystery that keeps getting deeper and deeper.
GG did an outstanding job with this crafty story and has again proven that she is a top notch author of suspenseful fiction.
I have recommended "Foggy with a Chance of Murder" to several of my mystery loving friends.
G.G. Vandagriff is a excellent writer, but this plot was just too far-fetched for me. Too often the main female character made stupid choices and just didn't seem to have basic common sense. The various suspense elements tended to be forced and/or unrealistic. The up side was that in general the characterization was pretty solid.