Monday, 9 November 2020

Don't Look In by Tom Saric + #Giveaway

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Book Details:

Book Title:  DON'T LOOK IN 
Author:  Tom Saric
CategoryAdult Fiction (18 +), 230 pages
Genre:  Thriller, Mystery
Publisher:  Severn River Publishing
Release date:  October, 2020
Content Rating:   PG-13 + M. No gratuitous sex, profanity or violence.

Book Description:


The patients of psychiatrist Gus Young are turning up dead in Tom Saric’s new thriller, DON’T LOOK IN (October 6, 2020; Severn River Publishing), and he is the main suspect.

Gus fled the big city to escape the shame, gossip and glares of his family, friends and colleagues after he tarnished his reputation. He ends up in a small, backwater rural town in Maine where no one will know him and he can start his life over. But someone is out to get him, and is framing him for the murders of his patients.

Wanda Flynn, the sexy town prostitute who is having an illicit affair with the married mayor, is demanding that he leave his wife for her. Her brother has just been released from jail after a ten-year sentence, and is back in town. It was Wanda’s testimony that was pivotal in sealing his conviction. Suddenly she is found dead, shot in the head in front of her apartment, shortly after she had unburdened her secrets, fears and desires to Gus Young. Because of patient-client confidentiality, Gus cannot reveal that she is his client, nor what she revealed to him, even if it will help to solve the murders, or clear his name as a suspect.

Then another patient, Ned, who is suffering from paranoia and is sure he knows the identity of Wanda’s killer, is found dead in his home after he had an altercation with Gus that left him bleeding on the floor. The police find bullets in both victims that match a rare gun, the Lee-Enfield No.4, which has mysteriously vanished from Gus’s basement. And they find Wanda’s turquoise necklace in his possession.

All the evidence points to Gus. He is the prime suspect in the murders, but in order to protect his clients’ confidentiality, even after they are dead, Gust doesn’t reveal information that can prove his —Over— innocence. Gus puts his own life in jeopardy in a desperate effort to clear his name and track down the real killer. When his estranged daughter comes to visit him, her life and the life of his trusted friend Sheila, are in jeopardy from the real killer who wants to do them harm. As a sinister plot unravels, Gus discovers a horrible secret about his past.

Tom Saric, who is a psychiatrist, packs his thriller with quirky characters: the cross-dresser, the married couple who don’t enjoy sex, the psychopath who is a petty criminal, the town sex-worker, and a love interest, the tall beautiful blonde who shares his love of country music and is the first woman to show an interest in him after his messy divorce.

DON’T LOOK IN is the first in a series featuring psychiatrist Gus Young who uses his acuity in understanding the human psyche to solve murders. Fans of the HBO series, In Treatment starring Gabriel Byrne, will relish the character of Gus Young as he solves murders using psychological, not forensic, evidence. 

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I loved the small town setting and atmosphere created by Tom Saric in his crime thriller, Don't Look In. The semi-rural Maine location is becoming home to professionally disgraced psychiatrist Gus Young as he slowly integrates into this tight-knit community where the townsfolk are sure to mind their own business while also being acutely aware of every action their neighbours take. My imagination was piqued by Gus's isolated forest cabin which sounded just like the kind of home I want - without a local serial killer on the loose of course!

I liked Gus as a character and especially the way Saric allows readers to gradually get to know him well through his conversations and interactions. He has a blighted past, as is common for the genre, but I felt the sympathetic portrayal allowed me to see a far more authentically grounded character than I had initially expected. In fact I would say this is true of everyone we spend a significant amount of time with during Don't Look In. Wanda and Ned particularly could have been reduced to shallow stereotypes, but instead I could see them as fully fleshed out people, albeit ones who had been severely emotionally damaged in the earlier parts of their lives.

The synopsis had led me to expect a tale bordering on lurid, but I was pleasantly surprised to actually find myself reading a thoughtful and tightly-plotted thriller. Saric's real-life knowledge of psychiatry shines through in each of Gus's client sessions so I had no trouble believing his role was genuine and the claustrophobic imagery of his utility closet 'office', however prettily furnished, was a striking contrast to the wild forest scenes. What I appreciated most about Don't Look In was the tight rein Saric keeps on the narrative. For me this was an increasingly tense read, cleverly convoluted and with a great pace throughout so I was kept eagerly glued to its pages.

Meet the Author:
Tom Saric, a pseudonym, has been practicing psychiatry for ?? years. He has written several thrillers, including, Indicted, and Compromise. DON’T LOOK IN is the first in a series featuring psychiatrist Gus Young. Saric lives in Canada.

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