A little hypnosis can be a dangerous thing.
Psychologist April Simon reaches that conclusion when four of her most unstable patients begin to violently unravel following the murder of their psychiatrist, Lowell Morgenstern, April’s arrogant department chairman. She suspects it’s no coincidence that all four were subjects in his research project.
As April tries to undo Morgenstern’s mayhem, she finds her colleagues turning resentful, her career on the line, and the chairman’s killer closing in. Who can she trust? Maybe Sam Perone, the attractive, cynical detective who seeks her help in solving Morgenstern’s murder – that is, when he’s not treating her as a suspect.
I really enjoyed this one. April is a strong, no nonsense heroine who makes sense in her role. I went back & forth with who I thought the killer was, but had it nailed by the end. Certainly, it’s a book that makes you think, which I appreciate.
Our author didn’t take for granted that readers would know all the medical jargon but instead, explained it via dialogue that worked. Too often, authors struggle with explanations & I’n glad this wasn’t the case. I’m hoping that this won’t be the last of April & Sam. Considering the setting & characters, ‘Shrink Rapt’ could easily make itself into a long running series.
Not only well-written, but highly entertaining, it’s a 5 star rating from me.
I received a copy in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are mine.
Freda Hansburg is a psychologist who lives with her husband in New Jersey. She is the co-author of the self-help books PeopleSmart and Working PeopleSmart. Shrink Rapt is her first novel.