So pleased to be the stop today on the blog tour for PsychoAnalysis! This was a totally compelling and fascinating read for me, I’m excited to share my thoughts with you guys. Read on for more information about the book and my review.
Publisher: Silverwhite Press
Genre: Mystery/Psychological Thriller
A serial killer who wants to quit. A detective struggling to keep his personal life out of a murder hunt. And a celebrity psychiatrist facing an incredible challenge. Three damaged individuals, linked by their traumatic histories. They’ve chosen very different paths. Now those paths are about to cross.
Sarah Silver is a hedge fund manager – from Monday to Friday she makes a killing in the markets. At weekends, though, she hunts men, not profits. Martin White used to be a brilliant detective. But his family, judgement and self-control are deserting him. And Karl Gross has sold millions of books on serial killers. However he’s a controversial figure in the medical community.
Can Martin keep it together and catch a killer who commits almost perfect crimes? Is Karl capable of unravelling Sarah’s psyche and putting an end to the killing? Or will she disappear when she realises that the hunter has become the hunted?
PsychoAnalysis is a psychological crime thriller that explores the grey area between good and evil. Why would a woman kill for fun? Can she be understood? Can she be stopped?
“The mind is like an iceberg. Most of it lies beneath the surface, a subconscious universe of thoughts we can’t observe. It contains memories too painful to remember, elicits emotions we don’t want to feel, and makes us do things we don’t understand.”
There’s also a trailer for the book with additional information.
Oh man you guys this was quite the creepy and disturbing read, absolutely perfect to read during the month of Halloween, great for a Halloween Readathon as well. I’ve always had an interest in female serial killers as they’re such a rarity so I was totally intrigued by Sarah and she did not disappoint in the scary, cold, and absolutely depraved serial killer department.
There are three point of views here, Sarah who hunts pretty boys and kills them for fun, Martin, a DI whose personal life is in shambles and his professional life isn’t fairing much better, and finally Karl a psychiatrist who has made a living by selling sensationalized books about serial killers. All three are utterly absorbing and I found myself completely caught up in their various stories. Sarah obviously has a huge secret that she’s managed to keep quiet for years, but both Martin and Karl have skeletons in their closets as well.
Though this isn’t a traditional mystery where the reader is trying to figure out who the murderer is, there is still a strong level of tension as you’re left wondering if Sarah will be caught. Will she be able to control her sadistic urges long enough to get help and quit playing her deadly games once and for all? I really enjoyed the way Stone was able to build up suspense and his writing style was polished and effortless, he maintained a nice pace and flow throughout the book. For a debut novelist he really knows how to hook the reader and keep their attention.
I was reminded of two of my favorite characters while reading this; Archie Sheridan and Gretchen Lowell from Chelsea Cain’s popular series featuring the two. Stone created a depraved and detached killer in Sarah and there are definitely some violent and graphic scenes, not for the faint of heart. Her level of intelligence and cunning is far superior to most and though she’s a sick and twisted individual, I was beyond curious about exploring her psyche.
I was throughly impressed by this book and I will definitely be following Stone’s writing career closely. The characters are well rounded with complex personalities and issues, the writing itself is excellent, and the story Stone told was engrossing. He was able to weave together the lives of the characters seamlessly while providing a tight narrative with plenty of well executed and surprising plot twists. Highly recommended for crime fiction fans.
Overall rating: 4/5
Thanks to the author for my copy in exchange for an honest review.
About the Author:
V.R. Stone loves crime stories – The Silence of The Lambs, The Sopranos, American Psycho, Pulp Fiction, Shutter Island – movies, TV shows and books featuring cynical cops, femmes fatale, gangsters and serial killers. Thrills, twists and violence – that’s what he craves. Give him a well-crafted tale featuring compelling characters on the wrong side of the law and he’ll be a happy man.
He really does have an unhealthy fascination with people getting shot, stabbed and strangled. But he doesn’t have the guts to set up a protection racket in his leafy London suburb, rob a bank or follow you home at night. So he sits alone in a room making up stories.
When he’s not busy with that, he works in the City of London and spends time with his very patient wife and very impatient children.