- Reviewed by: Scott Burkett
- Print Length: 150 pages
- Posting: M/M Book Review, Paranormal
- Publisher: JMS Books LLC (May 6, 2014)
- Book Provided by: Author
- Author: Paul Alan Fahey
- Posting Date: July 5, 2014
- Rating: 3 Star
This is a psychological thriller and does not fit into a typical gay genre category. Both or our main characters are gay men, Psychiatrists and partners, in life and careers, Dr. Haleigh Hugo and Dr. Guy Stanford. Dr. Hal thinks he is on the cutting edge of psychiatric care with a new treatment he is going to try on 6 of his patients. As the Book Description details off they go to the High Sierras.
This book was well written and easy to understand and by that I mean with as many characters that there were, I pretty much was able to keep everyone in line. I think most of that can be contributed to the character building that the author did for the 6 patients, I would have liked to have seen it cut down a little as I thought going through each patient file was a bit much. I really enjoyed how each of the characters played a part in the story and how they changed when at Devonshire.
The author really did a great job of interlacing the patients psychosis with the mystery of Devonshire.
I definitely did not like Hal, I found him manipulative. I felt sorry for Guy he’s a really good character, so when his partner declined to offer up all of the information that he should have been privy to, under the guise of you didn’t ask, that did it for me. Like I said earlier this isn’t a book in your typical gay romance genre so I guess the author can get away with it in this instance.
This book is definitely for someone that likes to read something that is a bit heady and if you like to read psychological mysteries this is a good book for you.
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The Book Description:
Psychiatrist Haleigh Hugo thinks he’s found the perfect setting for his experimental treatment plan — an isolated home in the middle of a small lake in the high Sierras. Dr. Hugo’s office mate and life partner, Guy Sanford, is unconvinced that the benefits of the treatment plan outweigh the risks, but soon gives in to the charm and boundless enthusiasm of his lover.
Dr. Hugo’s subjects are six female patients who have failed to make what he considers significant progress in one-to-one therapy. They all share something in common: grief over the loss of a loved one, a psychological barrier that prevents them from moving on. Hilary Colbert lost her life partner to a serious illness; Jennie Travers no longer trusts her unfaithful husband; Meeda O’Connell’s infant son died in his crib; Vera Field wakes from a coma to learn her father has committed a senseless crime: Sarah/April Preston no longer knows who she is and suffers from a loss of identity; and Emily West has psychic abilities yet longs for a normal human existence.
The six patients, overseen by Dr. Hugo and Dr. Sanford, descend on Devonshire, a simple mountain home on the lake for a weekend of intense therapy. Yet within the walls of the home lies a terrible and painful secret that haunts anyone who comes near.