First Line Friday — Shadows in The Mind’s Eye

18 Mar

Happy Friday! I am so excited to share with you the first line of Shadows in The Mind’s Eye the debut novel by Janyre Tromp. It is billed as a Hitchcockian novel — say no more, I am in! I will be reading this book soon ( I got an early copy 😉 ), and wanted to give you a bit of a sneak peek.

Here’s the first line:

Darkness had long ago swallowed the Greyhound bus moving down the road so slow that it might as well have been going backward.

Charlotte Anne Mattas longs to turn back the clock. Before her husband, Sam, went to serve his country in the war, he was the man everyone could rely on–responsible, intelligent, and loving. But the person who’s come back to their family farm is very different from the protector Annie remembers. Sam’s experience in the Pacific theater has left him broken in ways no one can understand–but that everyone is learning to fear.

Tongues start wagging after Sam nearly kills his own brother. Now when he claims to have seen men on the mountain when no one else has seen them, Annie isn’t the only one questioning his sanity and her safety. If there were criminals haunting the hills, there should be evidence beyond his claims. Is he really seeing what he says, or is his war-tortured mind conjuring ghosts?

Annie desperately wants to believe her husband. But between his irrational choices and his nightmares leaking into the daytime, she’s terrified he’s going mad. Can she trust God to heal Sam’s mental wounds–or will sticking by him mean keeping her marriage at the cost of her own life?

Debut novelist Janyre Tromp delivers a deliciously eerie, Hitchcockian story filled with love and suspense. Readers of psychological thrillers and historical fiction by Jaime Jo Wright and Sarah Sundin will add Tromp to their favorite authors list.

Janyre Tromp is a historical novelist who loves spinning tales that, at their core, hunt for beauty, even when it isn’t pretty. She’s the author of Shadows in the Mind’s Eye and coauthor of It’s a Wonderful Christmas. 

She’s also a book editor, children’s book author, and lives in Michigan with her family, two crazy cats, and a slightly eccentric dog. Hang out with her on social media or through her newsletter (sign up on her website

2 Responses to “First Line Friday — Shadows in The Mind’s Eye”

  1. Cindy Davis March 18, 2022 at 1:58 pm #

    Interesting first line, I hope you enjoy this one!! Have a great weekend! My post is here:

  2. Stacey Ulferts March 20, 2022 at 9:11 pm #

    I am so excited about this book!

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