George Vandenberg is a broken man with a volatile temper, haunted by the memory of the young woman he once loved and “accidentally” killed. Wrestling with the guilt and pushed by his psychiatrist to confess the circumstances of her death, he teeters on the edge of a nervous breakdown. The past collides with the present when the doctor turns up dead, brutally stabbed to death in his office. Stunned and confused, George emerges as the primary suspect even as he becomes a target himself. To prove his innocence, George must face the police, his manipulative wife, and the past he’s been unable to forget. When the truth is finally divulged, no one, including George, is prepared for the collateral damage or the shocking identity of the killer.
I am a mystery/suspense/thriller addict and this book fed my addiction perfectly! The story starts fast and hard and doesn’t let go until the very surprising end. Guilt is such a strong emotion and that comes through so clearly in this story. There are so many threads leading in different directions that your head will be spinning, but in a very good way. You will be so sure you know the answers only to have the other shoe drop and leave you questioning what you thought you knew. I’m very very good at figuring things out before the actual conclusion and this one left me stunned. I was up quite late with this book because I just couldn’t put it down until I knew what was happening. The characters are very well developed and leave you feeling like you actually know them, I found myself becoming attached to George as I read. I really loved this book. It challenges you to think and nothing is what it seems. I give this book a 10/10!!
About the Author
Kellie Larsen Murphy is a freelance writer who has worked in both the banking and publishing industries. In recent years, she has written on a variety of subjects and been featured frequently in several mid-Atlantic magazines. Her debut novel, A Guilty Mind, is the first in a series featuring Detective Michael Cancini. The second in the series, Stay of Execution, will be available in 2013. Kellie lives in Richmond, Virginia, with her husband, four children, and two dogs. She would be happy to hear from readers through her website, www.kellielarsenmurphy.com.