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Publication Date: Available Now from Thomas and Mercer
Dr. Christopher Kellan spends his days at Loveland Psychiatric Hospital, overseeing a unit known as Alpha Twelve, home to the most deranged and psychotic killers imaginable. His newest patient, Donny Ray Smith, is accused of murdering ten young girls and making their bodies disappear. But during his first encounter with Donny, Christopher finds something else unsettling: the man looks familiar.
By far one of the best books I have read this year, Twisted is a gripping and utterly addictive tale that will absolutely mess with your head. If you think back to being a youngster when you played that silly game of spinning yourself around faster and faster then attempting to walk – thats about the feeling you will have after finishing this novel. And probably quite a few times during the reading of it.
So I can’t say too much about the plot – and I recommend you do not read any in depth reviews of this story before diving in – but basically we follow along with Dr Christopher Kellan as he tries to disentangle the enigma that is Donny Ray Smith, a new patient on his Psychiatric ward. Dr Kellan is under some pressure to diagnose, but the further he delves into Donny’s story the more things get a bit, well, crazy.
This is a pure rollercoaster ride, all the way start to finish. Highly disturbing in parts, turning you first one way then the other and as soon as you think you’ve got a handle on things, nope – you are turning another corner, finding another mystery, feeling a bit bemused and definitely bedraggled. Sheer brilliance really, because it is not as if it is a messy convoluted plot. Yes I know that sounds contradictory but you’ll see exactly what I mean.
Perfectly constructed, elegantly written in a way that simply does not allow you room to manoevre, you are just caught up in the tale and pulled ever further into the whirlpool of Dr Kellan’s world and that of those around him – really terrific characterisation just puts a cherry right on top of the cake.
Of course with a book this good you worry on the journey that the ending might not live up to the promise, not so here – from first page to last this is storytelling genius, intelligent, emotive and utterly compelling, oh what a tangled web this author has woven around the reader – excellent excellent stuff.
Happy Reading Folks!