28 January 2013 ~ 0 Comments

Psych by J Twerell

The author sent me this book, asking for a review. It sounded a little different so I decided to give it a read. I really liked the story – it’s a really well laid out and structured plot. I loved the web that the author weaved us into. I found the character of Stephanie Walker to be intriguing and the whole idea of what she was doing to be an interesting twist on the same old tired thriller genre.

The problem comes with the editing. It’s pretty mangled. It took away from the really great story. A lot of it was word use – things like arraigned instead of arranged, through instead of throw, that kind of thing. It completely distracts from the story and, honestly, a story as well done as this one deserves better editing. It’s not the absolute worst I’ve seen, but the word replacement thing was enough that I had to re-read parts of it to fully “get” what the author was going after.

As I said, the story is really good. A psychiatrist that uses a form of mind control to get her patients to give her money and to get others to see things her way. While some parts of the dialogue felt a little forced at times, it kind of added to Dr. Walker’s character, so I think it might have been written that way on purpose.

I found myself really drawn to Joe, the detective. I’d like to see the author flesh out his character into another book. I think he has another story in him…

Recommended for those that really love thrillers – but can overlook the editing issues.

What is Neuro-Linguistic Programming?

Dr. Stephanie Walker knows what it is and how to use it. In fact, she murders people with it. As a psychiatrist, Dr. Walker works with her very wealthy clients by taking control of their unconscious mind, enabling her to manipulate and guide their every action. After she moves a great deal of their wealth to her own private investments, her clients then commit suicide creating the perfect robbery and murder.

Detective Joe Stanton of Cleveland Police Department smells something rotten in a series of suicides among wealthy businessmen in the Ohio area. Joe digs into cases discovering the smell may be coming from one Dr. Stephanie Walker. Joe now pits his thirty years of experience against one of the brightest and most devious minds he ever encountered; cleaver enough to even control his thinking.

In the midst of this, Dr. Walker has a new client whose very life depends on how quickly someone can shut down Walker’s operation. With twist and turns exploring every dark corner of intrigue, this is a nail bitter to the last unpredictable page.

Rating: ★★★☆☆

Book count for 2013: 5

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