Stalkee becomes stalker in this medical thriller of psychological suspense.
Liza Larkin, a recent med student graduate on the cusp of her pathology internship, isn’t like most people. She’d rather study the human brain or pound the heavy bag at the gym than spend time with others, and as an outsider she doesn’t let societal norms confine her.
So when a stranger’s picture sends Liza's schizophrenic mother deeper into psychosis, Liza does a reverse-image search to identify him. Upon discovering he’s a trauma surgeon at a nearby teaching hospital tucked away in a Massachusetts forest, she impulsively changes her pathology residency program of choice to his center.
She wants to be near him. She wants to know what he’s up to. She wants to protect her family.
See you in the ring soon, Dr. Sam Donovan. The bell has rung.
(Unpublished manuscript, preliminary cover)
Plot: The storyline here is mesmerizing. The intimate details of Liza's schizoid personality disorder, or antisocial personality disorder, are a convincing study in personal experience with a mental illness. The condition makes it difficult for her to interact with others, but her intelligence enables her to become a resident in pathology at Titus McCall Medical Center. She believes a charismatic doctor has been stalking her, and may even be killing people, but which part of her mind can she trust? Can her friends and colleagues trust her?
Prose/Style: A bold, intelligent voice is enhanced by sharp wit that is sometimes gallows humor. The prose in areas of suspense is spellbinding.
Originality: A smart pathology resident who has a mental illness, trying to find answers to what starts as “an intriguing puzzle”, is a splendidly peculiar mystery.
Character Development: Complex characters stand out as living people. Liza Larkin is an extraordinary example of a functioning individual with a personality disorder. Her strength, courage, and determination are easy to love and root for.
Blurb: The champion of this murder mystery will hold readers in her grip—even when she sometimes has slips of judgment—and she won't let go until she has finished wringing the truth out of every question.
Date Submitted: May 28, 2019
Since entering The BookLife Prize contest, I'm excited to announce I recently signed with Victoria Skurnick of Levine Greenberg Rostan Literary Agency. The Critic's Report for Fatal Rounds no doubt helped strengthen my query, and the unpublished manuscript is now on submission.