"shapeshifter novel with a twist"
Aspiring novelist Sheridan Phillips' life consists of going
to work each day for a tyrannical boss nicknamed the Prince
of Darkness and then home to her lonely apartment. One
rainy night, a scratching at her window brings her some
companionship - - a large black cat with dark blue eyes.
Somehow she knows his name is "Nick."
With Nick comes a change in her luck. Each of her stray
thoughts is fulfilled, from firewood for her empty wood
basket to the sidelining of her nasty boss who has a car
accident resulting in broken bones. Then one night she
dreams of a dark-haired, blue-eyed lover who makes slow,
sensual love to her. Her life seems fuller and things are
going smoothly both at work and home.
Sheridan grows to depend on Nick arriving each night. Then
one night he fails to appear, and she is frantic. Later
when he does arrive, he is limping. He has sprained one of
his legs. On the news, Sheridan sees a report that the
police are hunting for information about a man seen limping
away from the scene of another murder, one in a long line
of serial murders which have gone unsolved. The man seemed
to disappear and only a black cat was found. Coincidence
or not? You'll have to read the story to find out.
STRAY THOUGHTS is a highly enjoyable shapeshifter novel
with a twist. Although a little slow in the beginning, cat
lovers will enjoy the budding relationship between Sheridan
and her "pet" and recognize themselves when Sheridan caters
to Nick's finicky habits. Once Sheridan's dream lover
appears, the novel heats up and races to the very
Monette Draper aka Monette
Reviewed by Moni Draper
Posted November 4, 2002