Joy Cagle breathes chilling life into ‘Presumption of Death’
by Lauren Gross
Jul 31, 2013 | 1821 views | 0 0 comments | 31 31 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A pulse-pounding page-turner!
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“Presumption of Death” by Joy Ratcliff Cagle is a page-turning thriller — great for any audience that enjoys a fantastic plot and scenarios that cause instant goosebumps.

The story revolves around Sheri Noland, a woman who is married to a man who is tangled up in the wrong business. Overhearing a group of men discuss an upcoming scandal at an evening party is nothing new. However, Sheri becomes concerned immediately when she hears her husband’s name mentioned in relation to the business schemes.

Struggling to mask her curiosity, Sheri confronts her husband, Larry, about the scandal. Showing irritation, Larry tells her that she must have misheard the information.

The following day, Sheri decides to visit the local psychic to see what she has to say about the matter. The psychic tells her that she is in severe danger and that she must leave town immediately without telling anyone.

Scared and paranoid, Sheri leaves the psychic and returns home. Her husband is already home — which is far too early for him, considering the work day. Sheri quietly decides that she will leave the following day.

That evening, Sheri experiences the roller coaster of her husband’s emotions. After his attitude finally simmers down, he tells her that he wants to surprise her and takes her out to his car with a scarf around her eyes. Sheri remembers the danger the psychic told her that she was in, but chooses to wait for whatever surprise her husband has for her. He could never hurt her or put her in danger — he is supposed to support and care for her. Right?

Hours later, Larry drives back home in an empty car. He calls the local law enforcement and reports his wife has been kidnapped. From this point on, the cat-and-mouse game of Sheri’s life has begun twisted with ransoms, voice recorders, changing stories and distant pay phones.

Enter Lynn, a litigation paralegal from the area. Though she focuses heavily on her work, her recent visions keep clouding her mind with disturbing images of a woman in distress. As the visions become more prominent and severe, Lynn decides to follow these visions in the hopes that she may end up saving someones life ... or is it too late?

The bond that Lynn and Sheri begin to create is one of risk and confusion.

Cagle masterfully writes the 200-page story in a way that keeps you guessing — impossible to put down. With a dedication to Carry, the novel, she said, was written as a message to remind us that “we are our brother’s keeper and we should never turn our backs on what is right and just.”

Cagle is a litigation paralegal with an extensive history of legal knowledge. Though the author was born in Dalton, Ga., she lived in Cleveland for a short time and even taught children’s choir at Westwood Baptist Church. Many of her family members still reside in Bradley County area.

Her newest book, “Presumption of Death,” can be found on Amazon and Barnes and Nobles’ online store. It will be available also in the store at the Museum Center at Five Points. For more information, call the museum at 330-5745.