Adult fiction: purgatory soul story
A single woman evicted from her family home. A terrifying specter that only she sees. A dark connection between his past and hers...
After her father's tragic death and her mother's recent passing, loss leaves an emptiness Jeannie Lyons can't fill. Now she must leave her family home, the one place where her parents' memory still lives.
An old house on the edge of town becomes Jeannie's new home, one too big for her and her three-legged cat, but she soon gets the impression she's not alone. Her brother blames her overactive imagination. Her sister-in-law suggests counseling. Her would-be boyfriend is the only one who believes her, but can she trust him? With nowhere to turn, Jeannie must face her inner demons and confront this soul from beyond the grave.
Set in modern times, this supernatural thriller is loosely based on the apparitions to Eugenie von der Leyen (1867-1929).
"Theresa Linden's Tortured Soul gives an accurate, captivating, and 'novel' way for readers to learn about and better understand the Church's teaching on purgatory. Thank you, Theresa!"
--Susan Tassone "The Purgatory Lady", author of Day By Day with the Holy Souls in Purgatory: 365 Reflections
"Theresa Linden brings devotion to the Holy Souls to a new audience with Tortured Soul. Not everyone will read the historical books or pray with devotional texts, but many will read novels. A wonderful reminder to pray for our beloved dead."
--Fr Edward Looney, author of A Heart Like Mary's
"As inspiring as it is chilling, Tortured Soul will not only keep you up all night, heart racing and palms sweating, but will make you pray for the Souls in Purgatory like you never have before!"
--Susan Peek, author of The King's Prey
"The book inspired me to start praying for a deceased love one who I was estranged from, and even have a mass offered for them. This is a fictional story of real events, and it is a powerful tale, expertly written."
--Steven R. McEvoy, of Book Reviews & More
"The Christmas setting and snowy, isolated landscape lend an eerie quality to this story that looks like a ghost story, but is really a story about mercy. Not only will you be entertained – and maybe a little spooked! – but you’ll be mindful of praying for those who need it most."
--Carolyn Astfalk, author of inspirational fiction, Stay with Me
"Knowing this book is based on a true experience made the story even more intriguing. I honestly couldn’t read it fast enough. I became consumed with needing to know what happened next. And in the end, this unbelievable tale made me think about the power of prayer in a whole new way."
--Leslea Wahl, author of award-winning, The Perfect Blindside
"This book is soooo good! We all have had experience with things that go bump in our houses that we can't explain. What if you figure out what is causing the noises....and it is a troubled soul that hasn't passed over yet? That is the premise of this book... The story is beautifully crafted. The characters and the interactions between them are very believable. I hope you pick up a copy and enjoy it as much as I did."
--Terry Houchin, writer and blogger at Terry's Thoughts