by Molly Salans
A family in turmoil, a dangerous cult, and God at the center of it all, A Break in the Fog is a psychological thriller that that explores how faith can be used to heal, but also how abuse and how family is all that matters in the end.
With her mother dead, her sister Wendy addicted to drugs, and her father condemning her every decision, Clara Greenwood shoulders the weight of all her dysfunctional family’s problems. Desperate for a way out, she is reluctantly goaded into attending a meeting for a secret school, The Ancient Side of Ideas. She is quickly swept up in the cult, however, when she meets the charismatic Damien – one of its teachers. His charm and good looks melt her skepticisms away, convincing her to give up everything in her old life. But when Clara finds herself in too deep, can she find her way out before it’s too late?
Her love of literature and deep spirituality brought Molly to earn her M.Ed from Cambridge College in 1989. She then went on to obtain her license in Marriage and Family Therapy from the Family Kantor Institute in 1991 and a license in Social Work from Boston University School of Social Work in 1995. Her first book, Storytelling with Children in Crisis, is based on her social work experience in home-based crisis intervention.
Prior to pursuing her education in counseling and social work, Molly was a member of a prominent cult for seven years. Though she left in 1982, her experiences of the group haunted her, leading her to write her newest book, a psychological novel titled, A Break in the Fog.
Though not autobiographical, her inside understanding of the way cults operate informed this integral part of the dysfunctional family narrative. Feeling this was a story she had to tell, her wish is for her readers to find hope in the family’s quest for redemption.
I am so excited to tell you about this award winning book! And I am equally excited to read it for myself. Look for a full book review coming soon. As someone who has had to heal from my own religious trauma, I was drawn in by the concept of this book as well as the author’s background. I feel like her personal and professional experience will lend a lot to a psychological novel such as this.
The book has rave reviews and it won a first place award for best historical fiction, thriller, and suspense. It’s available on Amazon in paperback and Kindle and on the author’s website, abreakinthefog.com.