by Preetham Grandhi
Publisher: Sweetwater Books, imprint of Cedar Fort
Release Date: June 2009
Genre: psychological thriller
format available: ebook, Trade paperback, mass market paperback
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.
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. . . . ."I'll find who did it." The words became a chant in his mind--a mantra.
It's Janet, we've found her, and I'm ... I'm so, so sorry .... She's dead. Janet's dead."
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!
Wow. There was no way I was sleeping with this book hanging over me but I'm not sure what to tell you. There were places I curled up on my chair to protect Naya, and Peter. I sat up in my chair when Peter was following a lead then flinched when the bowl dropped. I sighed in relief when Leia finds Peters phone then laughed at myself when Leia realizes that there is no way to get a hold of him now.
"You had better not lie to me1" the boy's father bellowed. He grabbed the boy by his shirt and pulled him in close. His eyes were mad, like those of an animal in a trap. His breath was hot and smelled coffee. "If you lie to me, Anansi will eat you alive. He will come at night while you're sleeping and rip you limb from limb."Does the boy grow up to be a psychiatrist helping children? Or does he grow up and murder them? Still don't like the Senator but his wife is okay.
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