Sunday, December 22, 2013

Life Rages / L. L. Soares / 386 pages / Bram Stoker Award Winner, October Challenge

"Other people's rage had rewarded him well over the years."  Sam Wayne was a psychologist dealing with anger management, apparently including his own.  His wife, Maggie, has begun missing work to drink herself into oblivion.  When he discovers this, he realizes he should stage an intervention, but Maggie dies before this can happen.  The medical examiner says Maggie died of a heart attack.  The reader knows this in not true.  She was killed by Viv who took her soul during intimate relations.  (I know - weird, huh?)  There are at least two serial killers on the loose.  One of them violently dismembers his victims.  A mass grave has been discovered in the park.  Detective Ben Carroll thinks "the sheer numbers made him think of old newsreel footage he'd seen of the concentration camps.  But this was different.  It was happening now,  under everyone's noses and nobody seemed to know how or why?"  Detective Carroll is unable to forget about Sam Wayne, whose two patients were among the deceased.  "Something strange about the man set off his radar."  This Bram Stoker Award nominee will keep you on the edge of your seat.  It is most definitely not a feel good kind of book.

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