Tell Anna Reviews and Articles

Praise from Other Authors

Gripping. A moving, scary story of love and betrayal.

—Kathy Reichs, New York Times bestselling author and producer of the hit TV series Bones

I found Tell Anna She’s Safe hard to put down. It’s compelling, enlightening, mysterious—and very well written.

—Sandra Gulland, internationally-published historical novelist (Josephine B. Trilogy, Mistress of the Sun)

A true-life crime novel that explores both the fascinating pathology of a woman who falls for a convicted killer and the deadly human need to control—at any cost. Missen deftly blends fact, fiction, and speculation into a book that refuses to be put down.

—Merilyn Simonds, author of The Convict Lover

An emotional journey behind the scenes of a turbulent relationship and its tragic outcome. The disturbing portrayal of hope, fear and loss exposes the lasting damage to the victim’s friends and family in the aftermath of the crime. This novel and the issues it explores will stay with you long after you reach the end.

—Mary Jane Maffini, author of The Busy Woman’s Guide to Murder

This novel does the seemingly impossible: it delivers the story of a woman who enters an abusive relationship in a way that promotes empathy. There is no victim blaming here. Missen enables her readers to understand the historical and biographical threads that weave some women into relationships with dangerous men. All the while that readers are shouting for our protagonist to RUN, we also understand the socialization that enables/encourages women to stay. This is a particularly useful book for Women’s Studies courses, and the fact that it is based on a true story makes it resonate with readers on several levels. Missen does her readers proud with this sensitive and gripping narrative.
—Donna Decker, professor of English and women’s studies at Franklin Pierce University, New Hampshire, and author of Dancing in Red Shoes Will Kill You


Print and Online Published Reviews

Tell Anna was reviewed in the Spring 2012 issue of Herizons. Click here to read the review (download PDF file, 90 kb)

Tell Anna received a nice review from Carolyn Ciccoritti in the Millstone News.

And check out my Amazon reviews! Click here to read the reviews — or to write your own.

Readers are also posting reviews of Tell Anna on Goodreads. Click here to read or add your own.


Tell Anna in the News

“Local author launches new novel,” by Jennifer Juhasz, Barry’s Bay This Week, Wednesday, June 1, 2011.

“Fiction based on fact tells the story of a missing woman,” by Debbi Christinck, the Eganville Leader, Thursday, June 15, 2011. Click here to download a PDF file (266 kb) to read.

“Author explores story of friend’s tragic murder,” by Tamara Neely, Okotoks Western Wheel, Wednesday, November 17, 2011.

“Excerpts from the book but nothing about the ending,” by John Curry, Stittsville/Richmond EMC, September 27, 2012.


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