Third Haven: A Novel of Deceit.

 

In the aftermath of a terrorist attack, Claire McIntosh keeps secrets while trying to regain her equilibrium, afraid that her brain injury and memory loss will be discovered. Suffering from PTSD, she is blind to an evil that follows her and her young son, Sam, from the streets of the nation's capital to the family home in Oxford, Maryland. After another loss, the death of her father, it appears his vast empire is imploding. Claire becomes the object of a media frenzy. Sensing a growing but unnamed danger, she and Sam move to an anonymous life on the Delaware shore. Claire searches for belonging first with her landlord. Odessa, then with Booker, the handsome son, whose own secrets weigh heavy. As the threat takes shape, Claire and Booker unite to protect each other and Sam.

Set against the world of lobbying in Washington, D.C., Third Haven begins as a political thriller but quickly reveals a coastal community struggling to survive the Great Recession.

All photography provided by B.B. Shamp

 
 

 

“Third Haven, A Novel of Deceit is an emotional journey of love, betrayal, and machinations within political spheres - a nuanced read. B.B. Shamp has created a sense of place that moves from D.C. to the Tred Avon River in Maryland, and the inland bays of Delaware. She has pulled readers into a chilling family drama battling the too real underworld of gangland violence. This debut novel is engaging, provocative and readers will live with the characters long after the last page.”                    

 

----Mary Pauer, author of Big Haired Women

Delaware Division of the Arts Literary Fellow Award, 2011, 2014 

 

This is a fast-paced mystery novel that I read in two sittings! I loved the flawed, complex characters in the book, and it kept me guessing until the end. The settings are well-developed and play important roles in the novel, from the ultra-competitive offices of downtown corporate DC to the lavish mansions on the water in Maryland, and to the aging older homes on the inland bays of Delaware. The heroine herself is flawed, torn between work and motherhood, always a step behind, struggling with a memory that doesn't work due to her traumatic brain injury. She is like most of us, making the best decisions she can at any given moment. The ending of this novel is incredibly exciting. I was sitting on the edge of my seat. You will enjoy this book.

---- Rebecca Moscoso