New Book ‘ISOLATED MATTERS’ Is a Chilling Psychological Thriller

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Author John Ruggiero has written a suspense-filled story complete with a masterfully written plot and harrowing twists that leave readers guessing at every page.

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Someone or something horrifying is watching her, haunting her, coming closer and closer each day.

Losing one’s independence can be a truly tragic thing indeed, for not only does one lose the ability to move but the autonomy it symbolizes as well. In “Isolated Matters,” author John Ruggiero has written a suspenseful thriller that shows readers why, against all odds and unexpected circumstances as horrifying as they may seem, disabilities should never hamper one’s will to live.

“Isolated Matters” is a suspenseful thriller centered in Pacifica, California, a coastal town mere miles from the commotion of San Francisco, yet enclosed by mountain ridges and a picturesque fog that appears daily at the most opportune moments. It is a place where people go to enjoy the beauty of isolation. This is the story of one of its residents, MJ Matters, a young woman, struggling to cope with her transition from the animated life she once knew to a paralyzed one resulting from a debilitating disease. MJ’s husband, Bernard Matters, cares for her like every husband should —nurturing her every need while attempting to engage her in happy thoughts. In his own way, MJ’s brother-in-law, Alby Matters, does what he can to offer her the comfort of a friend, visiting her often and telling her strange tales, like the one about the mysterious Gull children, which somehow eerily seem to provide her with answers to the swirl of confusion around her.

As MJ searches her mind to accept the realities of her current physical state, slowly she discovers something she didn’t expect—someone or something horrifying is watching her, haunting her, coming closer and closer each day. Despite every attempt she makes, MJ in her immobile state is rendered powerless, preventing her from escaping the horrors she knows she is bound to encounter. “Isolated Matters” is told in three perspectives—MJ’s, Bernard’s and Alby’s, providing the reader with insurmountable proof that each of the characters’ gripping accounts are not just intertwined but bound to collide.

This chilling story of suspense is filled with life-like characters and a masterfully written plot that leaves readers gasping at every turn of the page.

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About the Author

John Ruggiero, a Philadelphia-native and a current San Francisco Bay Area resident, is a recognized leader in instruction and professional learning, having led educational design and outcomes assessment within multiple types of organizations. Over recent years John merged his expertise in educational leadership with his other proficiency in epidemiology and research. As such, John has specifically focused on medical education and its impact on clinician behaviors and overall improved patient care. More recently, John joined a creative writing association to stay grounded, positive, and constructive while managing several health-related family misfortunes. In doing so, he was reminded of his early passion for writing fiction. Upon completing a shorter version of Isolated Matters, John was encouraged by his association colleagues to publish it. John will be providing a considerable portion of the proceeds from this and future works to charitable healthcare organizations focused on furthering cancer and dementia research.

ISOLATED MATTERS * by John Ruggiero
Publication Date: January 31, 2014
Trade Paperback; $19.99; 260 pages; 978-1-4931-5898-0
Trade Hardback; $29.99; 260 pages; 978-1-4931-5899-7
e-book; $3.99; 978-1-4931-5900-0

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