Psychotherapist Letty Whittaker, a professional secret keeper, has a secret of her own. When one of her clients slips free from an abusive boyfriend, Letty becomes the target of his violent rage. Wayne invades Letty's life, slithering his way past the barriers erected between her personal and professional lives, leaving gifts of dead rats, mutilated dolls, and freaky Shakespearian sonnets. Worst of all, Wayne uncovers Letty's deepest shame, infiltrating her AA group and threatening to expose her to the state licensing board.
And then - good news - Wayne is murdered. The bad news? The police suspect Letty. Worse yet, the sonnets and bloody souvenirs keep coming. Someone else has been watching Letty. Someone eager to drop bodies at her feet like a cat offering dead-mole trophies to his mistress.
Someone willing to kill again.
©2011 Donna White Glaser (P)2013 Donna White Glaser
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The main character, Letty, does some pretty stupid stuff that I found a bit annoying, but I also found myself unable to put it down at times. I did whip through it quickly and it was a light listen. I do like the characters, Letty and her firends, although there is a lot of AA type talk in it, overall it wasn't bad. A fun little mystery with some twists and turns and I probably will continue on with the series.
This is just the kind of mystery I like - a mostly serious tale with spots of humor throughout. Not only that, but it kept me guessing, then when I did figure it out, I had to keep reading to be sure I was right!
An alcoholic protagonist who is in recovery gave some welcome insight into that world, detailing her encouraging support system, secrecy issues, and struggles with relapse.
I bought both the book and narration, and the tone of the narrator was spot on. I ended up not reading, but listening to the whole thing. I will definitely be listening to or reading more by this author. (My five-star ratings are reserved for books I would read again, and those are very rare.)
This is a well written mystery with complex characters and many twists and turns. Letty is a realistic and flawed character that is very sympathetic and likeable. The supporting cast only add to the entertainment value of this book. I highly recommend it.
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