When his eccentric, wealthy aunt asks him to take on the repairs of her magnificent hunting lodge, he is in no position to refuse. But inside the lodge lies a scene of almost superhuman destruction: a violence now mirrored by a series of disappearances and deaths haunting the region. As Paul delves into the wreckage, he can't help but wonder what dark passion, and what strength, could cause such chaos.
Janet, Paul's icy ex-wife, plans to use his condition to wrest away custody of their young son. And in his otherwise uncertain world, Paul is sure of one thing: nothing and no one is going to come between him and Mark. But quickening events lead him deeper into his family's past, and as Paul faces the darker aspects of his own nature, he must brave the possibility that in saving those he loves, he might well destroy himself.
©1998 Daniel Hecht; (P)2005 Blackstone Audiobooks
"A narrative that's populated by believable characters and infused with healthy doses of medical science and psychology. Skull Session is a story that keeps the reader guessing till the very end." (The New York Times Book Review)
Though I don't usually put my opinions up for public, for this book I had to. The story is an incredible mix of intense psychology and suspense. The explicit language and the sexual interludes make this for the mature only--fair warning. Fortunately, this is just the type of book a cartoon-plagued parent needs to get her brain thinking at an adult level again. I was absolutely riveted throughout the book. Literally, I could not put my iPod down. I highly recommend both the story and the author. I'm looking forward to hearing more from Daniel Hecht in the near future.
Also read Land of Echoes and City of Masks both are GREAT! They are the only two books (so far) that include the paranormal investigator Cree Black. I suggest these for the paranormal mystery fan!
I'd never read anything by Daniel Hecht. Wow, this tale is extremely well written and read. At the very beginning of this novel I was drawn in and had difficulty pausing the read; as I didn't want to miss a syllable. I even played part 1 and 2 over just about when they were close to coming to an end. I really wanted to make sure that I didn't miss anything. And what a mystery! Course I found this pretty humerous but then again I do have a warped sense of humor. One down 3 more to go. Hopefully Daniel is still writing and releases another tale very soon. Love the paranormal/psychophysical premis. This book gets 5+ stars from me.
Prolific reader and listener of books of all kinds.
if you like a weird mix of science, science fiction, mystery and good story telling. Hopefully this reading does justice to the creative mind that wrote it. Check out other books by this author too.
I live in Michigan and have been a member of auible since it's onset. Hobbies are photography and writing...I am in the process of formatting my first novel for kindle and I hope everyone will read it. I LOVE AUDIBLE and listen to at least 3 unabridged books a month. !
This author really tied his story together...kept me in suspense throughout. The research and factual information challenged the readers intelligence and enhanced the pleasure. Iwas just a tiny small bit dissapointed by the ending...But as soon as I finished I listened to Hecht's book Land of the Echos....Just as riveting.!!
I hope this author ....KEEPS BRINGING THEM ON...What a wonderful mind.
I'm a bibliophile since early childhood. Love speculative fiction, odd premises, mystery novels that teach about different places and times.
I really liked this. There's a bit TMI about brain chemistry, but it went to places I really didn''t expect. I really found it compelling,even with the over exposure on the science,
Daniel Hecht has written a brilliant, innovative and spine tingling novel laying bare the "tics" that live within all of us. Using neurological disorders, chiefly Tourette's Syndrome, to explore the demons that we let control us, Hecht has created Paulie, perhaps the most frightening yet enlightening hero in modern literature. And the story is populated with memorable and heartbreaking characters. Read this book; you will be permanently changed for the better.
I'm two thirds through this book and cannot put it down, I mean turn it off. I hope the ending doesn't disappoint me. I think it would make a great movie.
I love a mystery, especially psychological drama. This book had great promise but somewhere along the line it lost me. I stayed on to the bitter end...but didn't love it.
The first 2/3 of the book is well-written with complex and evolving characters. Yet, as the story reaches its deeply unsatisfying and in-credible resolution, the author bogs down the plot with endless pages of scientific theory. In the end, the author creates complex characters either to abandon them entirely or have them behave in ways that don't seem to fit who we expect them to be. This is a long audiobook - three parts - and frankly, after investing so much time in it, I felt gypped by the last disappointing hour of the story.
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