Dr Jack Carter wakes up from a semi catatonic state to discover his whole world is upside down. His wife is missing and he doesnt know where she ..Show More »is. Even worse, he doesnt know if he can trust himself. Is she dead? Did he kill her? Now he is on a quest for answers, and a great place to start is with a serial killer who says he killed Jacks wife. But things arent adding up, and Jack better figure out what is really going on before he goes to prison for the crime himself. I give this book 5 stars. Its a suspensful and well written story that I enjoyed so much that I read straight through. I look forward to the next chapter in the series!
The Metal Black is the second book in a series called "Stepping Stones". If you have not read it already, go back and read The First Stone bef..Show More »ore reading The Metal Black , because it does not work as a stand alone.
Author Gary Ballard has the stepping stone series set up in what he is calling episodes. In this, episode 2, Dr Jack Carter is still desperately searching for answers about what happened to his wife Sarah. He still has no memory of the day she disappeared.
Jacks job is to determine if people awaiting criminal trials are fit to stand trial, and thanks to his friend and co worker, he finds himself involved in a case that seems like it may be related. In a small town, two teenage boys murdered two girls named Sarah and their reasoning has to do with the name Sarah. Does this case have anything to do with his own Sarah's disappearance? And is Jack, the man whose job it is to determine the sanity of others, losing his own mind?
What I find the most fascinating about this series is the psychology aspect of it. Watching Jack as he struggles with his own inner demons, and also watching the process he goes through when determining whether a person is fit to stand trial for their crime or not, and last but not least, watching him try to turn things around him into puzzle pieces to solve the mystery of his own missing wife. I will definitely be reading the next book in the series. 4 stars
Drowned is the third "episode" in the Stepping Stone series. In episode 1 we are introduced to forensic psychologist, Dr Jack Carter. Jacks w..Show More »ife has mysteriously disappeared and Jack has no memory of what happened. The government has decided to let Jack continue working on cases while they sort out what happened, and Jack plans to use what he learns his cases to search for his wife .
In episode 2, "The Metal Black", Jack is on a case he think is related to his wife's. It involves a bizarre murder involving a man who has seen some of the crazy things Jack has.
In episode 3, Jack is on another case that has creepy similarities to things Jack himself has experienced that seem crazy. A mother kills her kids and claims they are all demons, and Jack thinks that they are indeed supernatural creatures, but not demons.
The saga has an X files feel to it. There is an overlying conspiracy that one can only learn the whole story of by following all the episodes, yet each episode has its own story.
I enjoy the stories, both the complex and the story to story, and Steve Rausch does a great job narrating the book in the audio version. I recommend this series to anyone who would like a bit of supernatural conspiracy all wrapped up in tasty little novella packages
I was given a free audible edition of Drowned by author Gary Ballard in exchange for a fair review.