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Forensic psychologist Michael Stone is involved in a child custody case where the father is suspected of molesting his two small children, but the court grants him custody anyway. The very next day the children are found murdered - and Michael is drawn irrevocably into the case.
A BookCrossing friend has this on her wish list - so away it goes!!
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Dr. Michael Stone is a forensic psychologist who champions the victims of crimes. In this case she has become involved in a custody battle. When Michael delivers her testimony which accuses a prominent, well-liked surgeon with child abuse, the community is shocked. The judge ignores her accusations and gives full custody to the father charging the mother with leading her children to a wrongful accusation. The very next day the children are murdered and none other than the mother is jailed.
Could Michael have been that wrong about the mother? Desperate to figure out who the murderer is Michael goes to jailed sadistic Alex B. Wily to gain some insight into how a criminal's mind works. Michael seems to get drawn in by Wily. The killer is someone she must know.
This is the start of a great series. Michael is a person whom the reader is drawn to and quite likeable. Will look for the next in the series.
Michael Stone is a psychologist that specializes in helping battered women and children get past their issues and determining if children are being sexually abused. When she (yes, Michael is a female name in this book) determines that the two children in the middle of a custody case are being sexually abused by their father, she doesn't look forward to testifying in court. Unfortunately the case doesn't end the way she would like but soon after both the children are murdered. At first, everyone suspects the mother but things seem to point towards her too easily. Stone gets insight from sadistic inmates that she talks to in prison to help her determine if she missed anything in examination and if not, who exactly killed those two children?
It took me about 40 pages to figure out whether the main character was a female or male and what her name was. In the end, I looked at the back of the book to help me figure it out. Surely this should be one of the most important things a writer needs to communicate at the beginning of a book?
I found that there were parts of this book that was kind of pointless. When Stone was meeting with inmates that were child predators, the knowledge she gained from those conversations and the arguments she had with the people there felt like an afterthought in the book.
This book was an easy read. You could easily figure out who the murderer was. This is the first book in the series and I don't think I would actively look for the next in the series.
Journal Entry 7
Mississauga, Ontario Canada on Saturday, June 12, 2010
mailed today to my birthday partner