The smaller the eye of the storm, the fiercer and more
unpredictable! The storm eye here is a small room containing two
people, one a therapist, the other a new client. Most of the book takes place here, where the
air is still and calm, but from the beginning there is a sense of atmospheric
pressure changes, a sense of foreboding, a storm wall gathering.
Susanna is the therapist.
She has created a new life for herself and her daughter, her past is far
behind her, her secrets buried.
Adam is her new client, but he knows more about her and her
daughter than he should. He claims to be seeking help in dealing with violent
thoughts, intentions to harm a girl, a girl whose photo he presents to Susanna
– a photo of her daughter.
And so begins their conversation, an excavation of secrets
and lies, a battle of words, a game of consequence.
This is quite unusual as a psychological thriller. The
standard formats of unknown assailant, hidden threats, or cat and mouse chases
are replaced with a face-off. There is
no escape hatch, no gallant rescuer or detached unravelling of a mystery. There is also no need for lengthy character
or scene descriptions, so there are no breathers for the reader. You are in this with them, you won’t want to
put down the book, but you will… just for a respite.
Submitted by Lorna
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