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Book Title: Relentless: An Elisabeth Reinhardt Thriller by Nancy J Alexander
Category: Adult Fiction, 438 pages
Genre: Mystery / Thriller
Publisher: NJA Productions
Release date: August 2014
Tour dates: Dec 12 to 30, 2016
Content Rating: PG-13 + M (Frequent cursing, non-explicit violence, adult themes throughout)
"The little girl lay under the hay stack scarcely breathing. Sweat poured down her face and dripped into her eyes; her heart pounded through her thin chest. Tiny flecks of hay clung to her wet skin, making her itch. She squeezed her nose tightly afraid she'd sneeze. Eyes clamped shut, she lay there. Flies buzzed around her, crawling on her. She didn't move. She didn't know how long she'd been there in the loft. She didn't care how long she stayed. She couldn't move. Not yet."
Nearly a lifetime after a childhood filled with misery and abuse, Gina, now a successful doctor, finds herself thrown back into a terrifying world where her nightmares become far more than just a dream. With the help of an unconventional therapist with secrets of her own, the hunt is on and Gina fights for her life in this harrowing tale of cat and mouse.
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At 34, Gina Reynolds is a respected neonatologist with a successful practice, but suddenly she starts having nightmares and visions of scenes from her childhood when she suffered abuse at the hands of a sadistic cousin, Jake. Although she changed her name twice, and has moved on and pursued a career, she feels he is after her and will kill her. With the help of her therapist Dr. Elisabeth Reinhardt and others, Gina comes to terms with her past to confront this man who has been the cause of her terror.
This novel has a great premise. I love stories that deal with psychological issues and the scenes with Gina and her therapist Dr. Reinhardt were very interesting to me. Not surprising then that the therapist ended up being my favorite character. She was smart and intriguing.
It is clear that the author's clinical experience in her work with survivors of childhood trauma shines through in this novel. At times, though, this same attention to detail and repetition took over her writing style and bogged down the story so that I felt I was reading multiple reports of people's histories and procedural outlines on how to investigate and catch elusive murderers.
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Disclosure: Thanks to the author for sending me this book for review. I was not told how to rate or review this product.
Love of the mystery/thriller genre combines with psychotherapy training and experience to produce an emotionally supercharged dramatic novel. Nancy Alexander has devoted much of her professional life to helping survivors of childhood trauma; their distress has been ingrained and works to create characters who give voice to their plight. To analyze the evil minds that prey on others and the intricacies of law enforcers who pursue them seemed a natural interlacing of professional, literary and creative interests.
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