The Psychologist's Shadow by Laury A Egan is a psychological thriller that had me hooked from the first chapter.
Ellen Haskell is a psychologist who recently moved her practice to remove herself from a bad situation. Somehow, it seems that 'bad situations' follow Ellen, and she soon finds herself in the middle of an obsession.
Egan does a wonderful job casting light on several patients and even a family member who could be behind the phone calls, notes, and trinkets.
I didn't figure out the stalker. I had ruled out some because they seem to obvious and others because of specific things that happened during the action. I actually thought it was one of the patients that I didn't want it to be! I even suspected patients ruled out by Ellen figuring she was missing something. Finally, I suspected a past boyfriend. Although I hadn't ruled out the real stalker, I certainly wouldn't have bet my life on it!
Egan did a great job keeping the reader guessing. Although I tend to shy away from thrillers because they often get too graphic, Egan provided all the suspense necessary without adding gratuitous violence. This is a must-read!
Teri M Brown, author of An Enemy Like Me and Sunflowers Beneath the Snow connects readers with characters they'd love to invite to lunch.
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