"A gothic like thriller with woo woo elements"
Suzanne Milner lived in Sheffield, England all her life and
is very familiar with the local judicial system, especially
involving juveniles. When her mother died, her father
informed her that she would become a surrogate parent to
her brother Adam. Suzanne did her best, but alas Adam fell
in with a bad crowd and was eventually caught in an illegal
act. When the police asked Suzanne where her brother was
hiding, she told them. Adam was caught and incarcerated to
a short stay at a juvenile facility. He could not handle
the place and killed himself. Her father blamed Suzanne for
Years later, Suzanne realized she is incapable of taking
care of her own child and gives up custody to her husband.
She starts life anew, but is quickly torn asunder when she
finds the murdered corpse of the baby-sitter of her
neighbor's child. She is drawn into a homicide
investigation that eerily reminds her of her self as the
sins of the father is inflicted on the child.
Fans of Elizabeth Peters will want to read Danuta Reah's
excellent police procedural. LISTEN TO THE SHADOWS comes
down squarely on the nurturing side of the psychological
debate between environment and hereditary. The characters
are three-dimensional and the story line is very
entertaining. The adjustments of the cast to what life
throws at them is also very realistic and shows that Ms.
Reah knows much about human nature. This author has the
talent to take her to the top.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted July 6, 2001