"Good mystery with a touch of the paranormal"
Though San Francisco University research geneticist
Reed Haler adores his wife Devrie, he thinks her ability to
foresee the future is a charming parlor trick. Still he
loves his spouse and looks forward to the birth of their
child already named Alana. However, on a camping trip, a
thug kills Devrie and their unborn child. Reed deeply
mourns his loss and struggles to regain some normalcy.
Reed reads Devrie's journal filled with cryptic notes
to include her own death and hints of future murders.
Accompanied by a dog Hoover they found on that fatal
camping trip, Reed travels to Cowhollow, Tennessee to talk
with a psychic Maysie Fabrioso who has helped police.
Following Maysie's advice and Devrie's journal, Reed stops
in Alamosa, Colorado where he expects the killer to seek
new victims. He meets Jessica Morraine, a divorced
pediatrician with a seven-year-old daughter. Due to the
eerie not so coincidental first name of Alana, Reed
investigates the murder of a doctor in town, but remains
unaware that the killer is already waiting for him.
FEAR ITSELF is a taut psychic thriller that grabs the
audience's attention from the start of the book until the
tale finishes. Reed is a strong character bound to gain
reader sympathy, as he poorly copes with his spouse's
violent death and a para-world he never believed existed.
Though the dream sequences slow down a dramatic plot, the
audience will relish Barret Schumacher's debut tale and
want more novels just like this exciting one.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted December 11, 2001