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Just a heads up that I'm going dark for several weeks. I may still update posts/challenges but there will be no new content, not even Thursdays.

My Mom died and I'm taking each day as it comes, plus helping my Dad go through her stuff.

Jan 16 update: Mother-in-law, who I call Mom, is in the hospital for bypass surgery

Feb 19 update: MIL is home now :-D and slowly getting better. I'm still helping my Dad with Mom's stuff but since my brother is out of town, I'm spending 4 nights at his house every week for a month. It's MUCH closer to Dad's and they do meals together and hang out.

Mar 8 update: I'm having a blast with my Dad. MIL has gone back to the hospital

Friday, April 3, 2015

C is for . . . A Circle of Souls (psychological thriller)

Repetitive note with slight changes:
Looks like I didn't finish, 45 minutes just wasn't long enough. I'm so glad D is ready for tomorrow. Maybe the description and what little I've written is enough for you to at least check into the title more. Please check back tomorrow to see if I got it finished, along with posting D.
A Circle of Souls
by Preetham Grandhi

Publisher: Sweetwater Books, imprint of Cedar Fort
ISBN: 978-1599552354
Release Date: June 2009 
Genre: psychological thriller 
339 Pages

format available: ebook, Trade paperback, mass market paperback 

Author's website  


Back of book:
The sleepy town of Newbury, Connecticut, is shocked when a little girl is found brutally murdered. The town's top detective, perplexed by a complete lack of leads, calls in FBI agent Leia Bines, an expert in cases involving children.

Meanwhile, Dr. Peter Gram, a psychiatrist at Newbury's hospital searches desperately for the cause of seven-year-old Naya Hasting's devastating nightmares. Afraid that she might hurt herself in the midst of a torturous episode, Naya's parents have turned to the bright young doctor as their only hope.

The situations confronting Leia and Peter converge when Naya begins drawing chilling images of murder after being bombarded by the distrubing images in her dreams. Amazingly, her sketches are the only clues to the crime that has panicked Newbury residents. Against her better judgment, Leia explores the clues in Naya's crude drawings, only to set off an alarming chain of events.

In this stunning psychological thriller, innocence give way to evil, and trust lies forgotten in a web of deceit, fear, and murder.

My Thoughts
There was a senseless killing of the coyote in the prologue except you didn't know it was a coyote until named such in the last paragraphs.

There is drug use and "It took more and more of the cocaine to reach the ecstatic state he needed to summon his master". And then,
If she took Farmington Avenue, she would be home in less than four minutes. If she climbed Mr. Deed's fence and walked around Willow Lake until she reached her own backyard, it would take her eight. She was chilly, and she really wanted a piece of that pie, but the walk along Willow Lake promised more discovery.
Even if you skipped the prologue, I'm sure you read the back of the book so you know how this is going to end. At the end of chapter two, "He felt immense relief as blood poured from the incision . . . watched the helpless body become listless and cold. This was just the beginning."

Really, it says that! Now if I remember right, it isn't the murder that is so intriguing, it's the pictures. The Psychiatrist shows up in chapter three.

back to reading . . .

This has got to be one the hardest parts of the job for a small town cop, where you know everybody.
He stood in front of their door for a long time, his heart heavy inside his chest. As he lifted his finger toward the bell, the door opened, and Herbert (father) stood in front of him, haggard and weary eyed. . . . .
It's Janet, we've found her, and I'm ... I'm so, so sorry .... She's dead. Janet's dead."
"I'll find who did it." The words became a chant in his mind--a mantra.

back to reading . . .

A Senator is running for President,
He was truly sorry for Janet Troy and her family. But it was also unfortunate for him that Janet's bag had been found on his property. The timing of this tragedy wasn't good for him.
I'm trying to feel bad for him but I just can't. And while the Senator is why the FBI was called in so soon, I just don't feel his sorrow. 

back to the book!

A surgeon with a drug problem. A psychiatrist that knows the area like the back of his hand - and has a drawing of the crime scene AT the crime scene.  There's another father in this book that is worse than the one in Alex ('A' post).

And that's where I'll leave you until I finish the book.


Disclaimer: I received a complimentary review copy of this book without any obligation to write a positive review. The opinions expressed in this post are mine and may differ from yours. Book information courtesy of the author, publisher and the book itself.

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