Guess the Plot
A Perilous Reunion
1. Marion's been separated from her husband George for three months. When he walks in the door, she flies into his arms. Too late, she remembers that he's been away undergoing experimental cosmetic surgery, and now has thousands of porcupine spines on his back and chest.
2. Separation was difficult for Siamese twins Ted and Tad. But now that Ted's liver is kaput, there's only one way both boys can survive to adulthood: reunification. But as Dr. Wackner begins this very difficult surgery, her cell phone rings. It's Bob! He can't wait to hear about her new shoes!
3. When Ellen Strunk gets an invitation to the tenth reunion of her class at stuntperson school, she has no clue just how frickin' hard it's going to be to park her car safely, much less get to the bar for a drink in one piece.
4. When Seth Loki is imprisoned for beating a man nearly to death, his wife divorces him and moves to Ohio with their son, Joey. He'll never find us here, she thinks. And she was right-- until Loki received a letter from Joey, postmarked Sandusky, Ohio.
5. After dating for a year, Sara finally agrees to attend a family reunion with Tom. But when she discovers a corpse in the bathtub, she begins to realize that while some of Tom's wacky relatives are harmless eccentrics, at least one is deadly. . . and that one may be coming after her next!
6. He's a gay prostitute to the rich and powerful. She's a genius ex munitions expert with a passion for social justice. Together, they're fraternal twins who were separated as kids in Houston's foster care system. An accident involving a broken heel, a spilled drink, and a craps table brings them together again. Now no one in Washington is safe.
Susan Shepherd gained strength from divorcing her abusive husband, Seth Loki, while he was serving time for beating a man nearly to death. Before Seth was released from prison, Susan and her teenaged son, Joey, moved from Florida to Ohio to escape his inevitable rage and begin a new life. Led by the "goodbye" letter Joey sent from Ohio, Seth discovers their location and plots to destroy Susan’s happiness and reclaim his son. [Joey's goodbye letter:
The novel opens with Seth watching his family’s new house from the seclusion of a tree-covered park, gaining valuable information as he constructs a plan of revenge. [All that stuff in the first paragraph happened in the prequel, Seth Loki: Birth of a Brute.] Unaware of Seth’s presence, Susan lands a job teaching fifth grade and hopes that her new home is a safe haven, but feels more unsettled with each passing moment as she encounters several reminders of her ex-husband. [She should never have brought their wedding album or his collection of human fingers when they moved. But the clincher is when she finds the message,
Prepare to Die,
written on her bedroom wall with blood.] Joey, a friendless fourteen-year-old struggling with the reality of what his father is capable of, has no idea that he’ll soon be faced with the predicament of protecting himself and his mother by using the last gift his father gave him, a gun. Meanwhile, Susan and Joey’s German Shepherd, Duke, who has exceptional depth and intuition, [Certainly more than Joey, anyway] is the only one who knows this "sour man" has arrived. [Sour man? That's what Duke calls him?] Bo, an astute sixteen-year-old girl dealing with the threatening presence of her new stepfather, [Seth Loki,] befriends Joey and is unwittingly pulled into his family’s strife.
Through media coverage of a young woman’s disappearance in Florida, Susan, Joey, and Bo separately piece together bits of information and realize too late that Seth has arrived. Only in the final pages does this family come together for A Perilous Reunion, causing each individual to discover how much their strength of spirit has evolved.
A Perilous Reunion is a contemporary suspense novel, complete at 75,000 words. A third person narrator offers the perspectives of each of the five main characters [Five? Joey, Susan, Bo, Seth and . . . Duke?] in short, alternating sections. [Duke's section:
Duke came running into the living room. "Hey, Susan," he said. "That asshole you used to be married to is camped out in the park across the street. I think you better call the cops."
"Joey," Susan yelled, "Duke wants something. Call him, will you?"
"Duke!" Joey called.
"Listen to me, you ignorant broad," Duke continued. "It's Seth Loki. With his gun and his knives and his ridiculous last name. He's gonna kill us all!"
"Joey," Susan called out. "Get Duke one of his bacon treats. Maybe that'll shut him up."
"For Christ's sake, lady, how can you be that stupi-- Did you say bacon?!!"]I have been a teacher of secondary English in Ohio for eight years and recently completed my Master’s Degree in education. I would be happy to send you A Perilous Reunion. Thank you for your time and consideration. I look forward to hearing from you.
You can safely leave Bo out of the query. For that matter, Duke isn't necessary, though we don't want to shorten it too much.
A woman disappears in Florida, and three different people separately realize this means Seth is in Ohio? You might want to leave that out as well, unless you can explain it.
If you beat someone to death in Florida, you could get life in prison. Unless it's a homeless guy, in which case you still get ten or fifteen years. Seems like beating someone nearly to death would be a fairly long sentence, but I didn't get the impression Loki was locked up very long.