August 23, 2009

Book Review: A Circle of Souls by Preetham Grandhi

A Circle of Souls is Preetham Grandi's debut work, a book that is chock full of mystery, thrills, and the paranormal, as well as psychology. Souls takes place in the bedroom community of Newbury, Connecticut - - a town generally untouched by the brutal nature of people, that is thrown into a panic with the disappearance and cruel murder of young Janet Kent. The local police department, panicked at Janet's apparent abduction, calls in FBI agent Leia Bines, who is fighting her own demons for having failed to save a young boy from a killer. Meanwhile, little Naya Hastings has been fighting her own type of demons - - vivid nightmares that are threatening her safety. She is brought to child psychiatrist Peter Gram, who has devoted his life to helping and saving children, to the despair of his personal life.

Soon Peter realizes that Naya appears to be dreaming of the deceased Janet Kent, and the monster that took her away. Although Peter's medical training and rational mind fight such a diagnosis, his life becomes entwined with Naya's and the monster's in a way he never thought possible.

A Circle of Souls held my interest from the very first page until the last, so engrossing was the story and so fascinating were the characters. While the death of Janet is brutal, the book is not grisly, nor does it have any language that some readers might find objectionable. There is quite a bit of psychiatry but I found it interesting rather than tedious. And it certainly is appropriate given the plot of the book and Naya's situation.

For the romance lover, there is a slight amount of romantic tension between Peter and FBI agent Leia Bines. Both characters come off sympathetically and likable and so I found myself hoping that these two would manage to overcome obstacles and differences and make a connection.

Ultimately, though, Circle of Souls is a mystery and a thriller. And a well done one at that. I enjoyed every moment reading this book and was saddened to have it end, although the ending was very satisfying.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good mystery or thriller, but more importantly to anyone who enjoys a well put together story with vibrant characters.
Here is hoping that A Circle of Souls is the first of many books to come from Preetham Grandi.

My grade: A

1 comment:

Sarbear said...

I'm halfway through with this one right now -- I'm so glad you liked it bc that means I have more to look forward to : )