Book Review: Inheritance – A Psychological Suspense Thriller

by Thomas Wymark — Mystery, Psychological Suspense

Review by Susan L Stewart

IHEritance“Inheritance: It was hers from the beginning” is not the kind of book I normally read, but the first line of the synopsis sounded interesting enough to give it a try: “Somewhere deep in her mind Christine Marsden is witnessing the murder of young girls. And now she has urges to hurt her own children.”

Wow! To say I couldn’t put it down once I started is a cliché, but true.

This story, told in first person by the main character, is the riveting account of how her life falls apart after being mugged and receiving two brain injuries. The horrifying nightmares of sexually assaulting and murdering young girls, visions of people not there, voices telling her to hurt people – including her children – … Read more

Book Review: Trick of the Eye

by Jane Stanton Hitchcock

Book Review by Susan L Stewart

From Wikipedia: “Trompe-l’œil (French for “deceive the eye”) is an art technique that uses realistic imagery to create the optical illusion that the depicted objects exist in three dimensions.”

Trompe-l’oeil artist Faith Cromwell receives an invitation to visit a wealthy elderly woman living on an estate in Long Island. On the estate is a building with a huge ballroom. The woman hires Faith to paint all four walls in a trompe-l’oeil style. Faith is hesitant to take the job. Something just doesn’t feel right.

After much thought, and a need for money, she accepts the job and decides to paint a mural of the last party ever held in the ballroom many years ago. The job takes considerable time to finish and during this time she develops a relationship of sorts with the … Read more