Thursday, August 6, 2009

Review of a new writer, Dr. Preetham Grandhi - UPDATE

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The Story: A Tale of Jutice and Accountabilitys

The sleepy town of Newbury, Connecticut, is shocked when a little girl is found brutally murdered. The town’s top detective, perplexed by a complete lack of leads, calls in FBI agent Leia Bines, an expert in cases involving children.

Meanwhile, Dr. Peter Gram, a psychiatrist at Newbury’s hospital, searches desperately for the cause of seven-year-old Naya Hastings’s devastating nightmares. Afraid that she might hurt herself in the midst of a torturous episode, Naya’s parents have turned to the bright young doctor as their only hope.

The situations confronting Leia and Peter converge when Naya begins drawing chilling images of murder after being bombarded by the disturbing images in her dreams. Amazingly, her sketches are the only clues to the crime that has panicked Newbury residents. Against her better judgment, Leia explores the clues in Naya’s crude drawings, only to set off an alarming chain of events.

In this stunning psychological thriller, innocence gives way to evil, and trust lies forgotten in a web of deceit, fear, and murder.

What's a "slaaf"? That was the first thing I had to find out. I had heard of the trickster.... who i knew about from the American Indian tale of the coyote but did not know that of India's spider. But i found out. These things added so much to the story for me. As did his view of what a child psych ward should be like and what kind of patients you might see there.

I was sure I knew "who done it"; only to find out I was the one caught in Dr. Grandhi's web.

I liked the way he did his chapters, coming at you from one direction and then another. Those story lines had to come together but how and when?

I knew Dr. Grandhi was a child psychiatrist going into the reading. I wonder if he has ever experienced any of "paranormal kind of thing" in his practice. My dad was a doctor. He once said, "I've been a doctor too long not to believe in God." By that one statement, I knew he had seen things he could not explain. Does this happen to all or most doctors.

I wonder if ... well, let's just say that if the good Dr. Grandhi were closer, I would have lots of questions for him.

It is a really good read and moves quite quickly. I do so hope you get to read it soon. I also hope this this debut novel is not a "one of" so that there is another novel coming from him. Soon.

Oh, did you know his wife is a writer too? She has a cook book out. She is Bindu Grandhi. Her book is "Spice up your life the flexitarian way." No, I can't review it, but Emerial Lagasse liked it enough to give it a thumps up!

I asked our writer a few questions and here are his answers.:

Hi Sandy, I do think paranormal experiences do happen, I haven't had one personally but have always been fascinated by it.

The concept of the "seeked one" is from south Indian Astrology, I did not know it had a name until recently and it was my personal experience that I put into the book and the way it was explained to me by an aunt of mine. Here's a link

Every detail of the children's psychiatric unit is real and that's the way its is. Those are all experiences that I have collected since my fellowship days and the realities with managed care.

I have to write my next one. It's in my head and I have no time to write between the hospital, private practice and trying to get this one off the ground. Hopefully should start soon.


Book Bird Dog said...

Sounds like an interesting book! I guess doctors have a lot to tell us about illnesses and recoveries that seem out of the ordinary.

Kate said...

Nice review. If you have any questions for Dr. Grandhi, just email him. He is so nice, and was able to answer all my questions.

Momma Hunt said...

I was also recently sent this book and it sounds like it will be a good read for me. Nice review

Anonymous said...

I have this one to read for next week! Glad you liked it. :)