Friday, November 20, 2020

Don't Look In Book Review & Book Tour Giveaway

Mysteries and thrillers are always welcomed additions to my reading list! Today, I have a mystery thriller in our our book review spotlight. Check out Don't Look In, learn about the author & enter for a chance to win a prize in the book tour giveaway at the end of this post.

Book Title:  DON'T LOOK IN 
Author:  Tom Saric
CategoryAdult Fiction (18 +), 230 pages
Genre:  Thriller, Mystery
Publisher:  Severn River Publishing
Release date:  October, 2020
Content Rating:   PG-13 + M. No gratuitous sex, profanity or violence.

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About the Book


The patients of psychiatrist Gus Young are turning up dead in Tom Saric’s new thriller, DON’T LOOK IN (October 6, 2020; Severn River Publishing), and he is the main suspect.

Gus fled the big city to escape the shame, gossip and glares of his family, friends and colleagues after he tarnished his reputation. He ends up in a small, backwater rural town in Maine where no one will know him and he can start his life over. But someone is out to get him, and is framing him for the murders of his patients.

Wanda Flynn, the sexy town prostitute who is having an illicit affair with the married mayor, is demanding that he leave his wife for her. Her brother has just been released from jail after a ten-year sentence, and is back in town. It was Wanda’s testimony that was pivotal in sealing his conviction. Suddenly she is found dead, shot in the head in front of her apartment, shortly after she had unburdened her secrets, fears and desires to Gus Young. Because of patient-client confidentiality, Gus cannot reveal that she is his client, nor what she revealed to him, even if it will help to solve the murders, or clear his name as a suspect.

Then another patient, Ned, who is suffering from paranoia and is sure he knows the identity of Wanda’s killer, is found dead in his home after he had an altercation with Gus that left him bleeding on the floor. The police find bullets in both victims that match a rare gun, the Lee-Enfield No.4, which has mysteriously vanished from Gus’s basement. And they find Wanda’s turquoise necklace in his possession.

All the evidence point to Gus. He is the prime suspect in the murders, but in order to protect his clients’ confidentiality, even after they are dead, Gust doesn’t reveal information that can prove his —Over— innocence. Gus puts his own life in jeopardy in a desperate effort to clear his name and track down the real killer. When his estranged daughter comes to visit him, her life and the life of his trusted friend Sheila, are in jeopardy from the real killer who wants to do them harm. As a sinister plot unravels, Gus discovers a horrible secret about his past.

Tom Saric, who is a psychiatrist, packs his thriller with quirky characters: the cross-dresser, the married couple who don’t enjoy sex, the psychopath who is a petty criminal, the town sex-worker, and a love interest, the tall beautiful blonde who shares his love of country music and is the first woman to show an interest in him after his messy divorce.

DON’T LOOK IN is the first in a series featuring psychiatrist Gus Young who uses his acuity in understanding the human psyche to solve murders. Fans of the HBO series, In Treatment starring Gabriel Byrne, will relish the character of Gus Young as he solves murders using psychological, not forensic, evidence. 

My Review

Don't Look In is a Great Introduction to the Series. It took a bit for me to settle into Gus' story and into the author's writing style--but, once I did--it was a page turner that I couldn't put down.  I was caught up in the story all of the way to end and left knowing that I would add future books from the series to my reading list without hesitation.  I enjoyed the characters and the level of suspense that the author maintained throughout the story's twists and turns.  

Don't Look In Will Keep Readers Reading--and Guessing.   The author does a wonderful job introducing a number of well written side stories and seemingly unrelated points that are all necessary to the unfolding plot.  I love books that keep me on my toes--wondering how things are related or why certain events or characters pop into the story.   There is never a point when the plot takes a ridiculous twist or an overtly obvious direction.  The author creates a very well-organized story for readers to work through toward the novel's resolution.

Would I Recommend Don't Look In by Tom Saric?  For fans of mysteries and thrillers--this one should definitely be on your reading list.  The storyline is presented with enough realism that they twists and turns seem quite plausible--but, are presented in a way that is designed to catch readers a bit off guard at time.  I love the author's character development and the novel's pacing.  I will certainly be on the lookout for upcoming books from this series in the future!

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Meet the Author
Tom Saric, a pseudonym, has been practicing psychiatry for ?? years. He has written several thrillers, including, Indicted, and Compromise. DON’T LOOK IN is the first in a series featuring psychiatrist Gus Young. Saric lives in Canada.

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