Title:A Circle of Souls Author: Preetham Grandhi Paperback: 352 pages Publisher: Cedar Fort; 1 edition (June 15, 2009)
About the 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 Hastings 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 disturbing 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 gives way to evil and trust lies forgotten in a web of deceit, fear, and murder.
The thriller genre is one of my favourites and I found this book to be a captivating read right from the get go. I loved the author’s engaging writing style that made me want to keep turning the pages. I liked the short chapters and I kept saying “just one more” into the wee morning hours. I brought this book with me on my trip to New York City and had it finished on the plane there!
The storyline and characters were believable. I was able to connect to the characters especially Peter and little Naya. I am also interested in the supernatural so was happy to see some of that weaved within the storyline. Its a fast paced book and I wouldn’t say any part of it was boring. It kept me on the edge till the end and I didn’t find it predictable like other suspense novels.
The only part I didn’t really see coming was at the end concerning the relationship between Leia, the FBI agent, and Peter, the doctor. I just didn’t think that was in character for Leia to do what she did. I won’t give it away so you will have to read it to find out what I mean!
This is an excellent book and I would definitely read more of this up and coming author!
*I received a copy of this book to review but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this novel.*