Today I am reviewing VR Stone’s Psycho Analysis. This book is self-published and I found it on NetGalley last month and I loved it.
Book Summary: A serial killer who wants to quit. A detective struggling to keep his personal life out of a murder hunt. And a celebrity psychiatrist facing an incredible challenge. Three damaged individuals, linked by their traumatic histories. They’ve chosen very different paths. Now those paths are about to cross.
Sarah Silver is a hedge fund manager – from Monday to Friday she makes a killing in the markets. At weekends, though, she hunts men, not profits. Martin White used to be a brilliant detective. But his family, judgement and self-control are deserting him. And Karl Gross has sold millions of books on serial killers. However he’s a controversial figure in the medical community.
Can Martin keep it together and catch a killer who commits almost perfect crimes? Is Karl capable of unravelling Sarah’s psyche and putting an end to the killing? Or will she disappear when she realises that the hunter has become the hunted?
PsychoAnalysis is a psychological crime thriller that explores the grey area between good and evil. Why would a woman kill for fun? Can she be understood? Can she be stopped?
“The mind is like an iceberg. Most of it lies beneath the surface, a subconscious universe of thoughts we can’t observe. It contains memories too painful to remember, elicits emotions we don’t want to feel, and makes us do things we don’t understand.”
Meet VR Stone:
V.R. Stone loves crime stories – The Silence of The Lambs, The Sopranos, American Psycho, Pulp Fiction, Shutter Island – movies, TV shows and books featuring cynical cops, femmes fatale, gangsters and serial killers. Thrills, twists and violence – that’s what he craves. Give him a well-crafted tale featuring compelling characters on the wrong side of the law and he’ll be a happy man.
He really does have an unhealthy fascination with people getting shot, stabbed and strangled. But he doesn’t have the guts to set up a protection racket in his leafy London suburb, rob a bank or follow you home at night. So he sits alone in a room making up stories.
When he’s not busy with that, he works in the City of London and spends time with his very patient wife and very impatient children.
My thoughts on Psycho Analysis:
Like what you’ve seen so far? Well the book was brilliant. It had great storytelling, interested plot, twisted dynamic characters were its hard, well damn near impossible for me to choose a side and decide good vs evil.
The villain of the story is revealed at the very beginning, this not a whodunit, this is a she did, yes the serial killer is a woman and Sarah, well she hunts men and while you feel for the victims who are genuinely innocent, unsuspecting men that she targets. I also liked Sarah. There are three perspectives that the book shifts from, Sarah, the killer, Dr. Gross, the psychiatrist and Martin, the detective. All three are flawed, there is no clearly innocent party in this story and that part of what makes it compelling.
This book has great pacing and is the perfect October thriller. One of the best books I’ve read this year.
Read an excerpt on The Suspense Is Thrilling Me.
PsychoAnalysis was launched on Friday 14th of October and is available for purchase on Amazon.
Talk to you guys on Friday when I will share part two of the short story, Reunion.