4 out of 4 stars
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Waterlilies Over My Graveis a psychological thriller written by Patricia A. Guthrie. The main character, Annabelle (Anna) O’Brien, is a psychologist that has started a new practice in the tourist town of Lake Nager, Wisconsin. Anna appears professional and poised. However, Anna has a dark secret. Her ex-husband is stalking her. Anna changes her name and moves across the country to escape his harassment.
Dr. Duncan Byrne is Anna’s ex-husband. He suffers a psychological break after receiving his divorce from Annabelle. He is very bitter and angry with her for leaving him. Anna is his former protege, and he feels she owes her successful career to him. He fantasizes over the awful things he has done to Anna. He plots ways he intends to make her pay for leaving him. An innocent phone call reveals to him where she is hiding. He sets his plans for revenge into motion.
Detective Mark Driscoll is Anna’s first patient at Lake Nager Medical Center. He is dealing with the aftermath of killing a man while on duty and is attending mandatory counseling. He is bitter about having to see a psychologist and is very rude and mean to Anna. He witnesses several violent acts directed at Anna and realizes she has a stalker. He is assigned to protect her, and a sexual attraction develops. Mark avoids his growing fascination with Anna by focusing on catching a serial killer that is murdering young women in Lake Nager.
One of my favorite parts of this novel is the dedication that the author makes to women in life-threatening situations that are forced to leave their families and friends to escape. I think this captured the essence of this novel perfectly. Anna is a successful, educated woman in an emotionally violent relationship. The author did an exceptional job giving the reader a glimpse into how this relationship started. The author demonstrates, through Anna’s story, how dangerous it can be to not seek appropriate protection if you find yourself in one of these relationships.
My only criticism of the novel is that I would have preferred the novel stayed focused on the Anna/Duncan/Mark triangle and not included the serial killer side story. I can understand why the author included this story. It did have a purpose which I will not discuss because I do not want to spoil the book for other readers. However, there are a lot of dynamics between the three main characters. I think the novel would have had more impact if it had stayed focused on these relationships. Also, I would have liked more explanation as to why Duncan behaved the way he did. The novel was missing that critical piece of information.
I rate Waterlilies Over My Gravea 4 out of 4 stars. This novel does not disappoint when it comes to nail-biting action. The storyline is not complex, but it is exciting and unpredictable. The ending left me longing for a sequel. It reads very quickly and flows very smoothly. The book appears to be professionally edited and free of errors. This book will appeal to fans of both action/suspense and romance novels. The writing style is similar to books written by Mary Higgins Clark, and Nora Roberts so fans of these authors will enjoy this novel. Victims of violent, domestic abuse might find the subject matter a little upsetting. Overall, this is a great novel and I hope the author has a sequel in mind for these characters.
Waterlilies Over My Grave
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