A man, haunted by a family curse, is taken beyond the limits of his sanity to a realm where he has no control over his actions or his fear. James Adams lived a normal life in a New York suburb before the demons dwelling within him awoke from their slumber to reveal unspeakable horror and prophesize his future – his destiny. Crescendo is a novel about fate and the lengths we will travel to avoid the inevitable. Set in tranquil Rockland County, New York, this tale of suspense and horror will take readers on an emotional roller coaster of anger, anxiety, compassion, and indelible fear.

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What People are Saying About Crescendo:

Crescendo will assault your senses with a mosaic of emotion and experiences.”

Lynne Hansen, Horror Artist

“Author L. Marie Wood has taken the simple life of an average man and distorted it into a vast maze of horrendous confusion. She is quite the clever writer who pays close attention to detail and draws you into the story, making every place and character clearly visible within the mind.”

Stephanie Simpson-Woods, Castle Dracula

“A chilling debut and a must-read for lovers of horror and mystery!”    

“Crescendo is an awesome thriller that shakes the very foundation of the reader. Aptly titled, the story builds gradually, drawing you into its tangled web of suspense. Then it drops you into a pit of horror from which there is no escape. As a forensic specialist who has studied psychology and psychopathology, I found Crescendo intriguing from beginning to end. L. Marie Wood has given us a peek into the mind of a killer. A chilling debut and a must-read for lovers of horror and mystery!”

C. Highsmith-Hooks, Author of “The Soul of a Black Woman” and Criminal Investigator

“From the very first page this novel is a series of extremely disturbing events, particularly nightmarish dream sequences. Centering on one man’s imminent insanity and death (think Jacob’s Ladder or Stir of Echoes), Crescendo draws a fine line between what is madness and what is supernatural.”

Women in Horror

“…A very satisfying read!” 

Crescendo literally sweeps the reader away from the very first page.  The torturous journey of the main character is captivating.  L. Marie Wood quite skillfully pulls the reader into the world of the supernatural, making each and every sentence feel almost palpable. Fantastic book and a very satisfying read!”

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