Author: Stephanie Black
Series: Natalie Marsh #2
Format: Audio, eBook, Print
Date: September 1, 2017
Psychologist Natalie Marsh’s dream is now reality: her mental health services clinic has opened and is housed in an elegant, newly renovated nineteenth-century building. Unfortunately, not everyone is happy with the clinic’s presence, including Heather Osbourne, a troubled young woman who wholly objects to the occupation of the building.
Heather has spent years wandering the halls of the abandoned structure, convinced she’s communing with her ancestor’s ghost. When Natalie thwarts Heather’s attempt to leap from a window, the shaken psychologist soon realizes Heather’s failed jump is merely one piece of a disturbing puzzle.
Greed and deceit are weaving a web around Natalie, and someone will stop at nothing—not even murder—to get what they want. Stretched to her breaking point, Natalie struggles to learn the truth, but only one thing is clear: nothing is as it seems.
Sequel to Not a Word.
Wow! I didn’t know that a place could have so many mentally disturbed people in such a small area. Half of the people in this book have serious issues. Psychologist Natalie Marsh’s dream has finally become a reality–she has her own clinic, Nefesh Bria (healthy soul in Hebrew), in a beautiful building, but things aren’t coming up all roses. I think it’s safe to say when someone attempts to commit suicide by jumping from a 4th floor window onto the courtyard below that’s filled with guests who are there for the opening gala, it’s a bad sign.
Heather Osborne has always objected to the construction of the Stoker Building since she “feels” her great-great-great-grandmother’s presence there. Some of the other tenants of the building (namely Baxter Quincy and Victoria Parisi) aren’t thrilled to have a mental health clinic there either and are quite vocal about it.
Robert Chapman, the owner of the Stoker Building, asks Natalie to be a liaison with Heather’s brother so he can let them know if she’s up to something that will cause problems for the Stoker Building and its business tenants. This is one request Natalie should’ve turned down because it only brings her a world of trouble. Heather’s brother is Kenton Lowery, a former patient of Natalie’s, which she can’t tell anyone because of therapist/patient confidentiality, so when untrue rumors start she can’t clarify their “relationship”, she can only deny the rumors. Strange things start happening such as reports of “mentally disturbed patients” harassing people coming in and out of the building, which fuels Baxter Quincy’s case to get Nefesh Bria out of the building.
There are so many things going on at in this book, I couldn’t figure out who was the thief and who was the killer or were they the same person? I didn’t figure out who the killer was, and until the big reveal explained it all I had pinned one of the murders on someone else. Stephanie Black did a great job of keeping me on the edge of my seat.