Wednesday, August 3, 2011

The Shadowed Mind

shadowed-mindThe Shadowed Mind – A Dinah Harris Mystery
Written by Julie Cave
Published at MasterBooks

About the book

A suspense-filled mystery which answers an ominous question:

Who will be found worthy to live; who is the next victim?

After the deadly investigation into the Smithsonian murders, Dinah Harris is now facing a daily battle to keep her sobriety while struggling to form a new career from the ashes of her former job as an FBI agent. From the shadows will emerge a cunning and terrifying killer, who carefully and methodically will decide whose life has value to society and whose does not.

Using her profiling and security skills as a private consultant based in Washington, DC, Dinah uncovers a connection to the shadowy world of neo-eugenics, and those who publicly denounce the killings but privately support a much different view.

Against this backdrop, Dinah must come to terms with her own past, as those associated with the deepening mystery face their own personal demons, and struggle with the concept of God's inexhaustible grace and forgiveness. Old secrets are revealed, tragedies unearthed, and the devastating legacy of science without compassion is finally brought to light.

The second in a powerful new fiction trilogy!

Who is Julie Cave?

Julie Cave credits her parents for introducing her to books at a young age, which fostered an enduring passion for reading and writing. As a child, her favourite authors were Enid Blyton and C.S. Lewis and it wasn’t long before she began copying them, writing short stories for anyone who would read them.

At fifteen, two things happened which would shape her future: she heard a creation science speaker at her church which cemented her faith in God; and she finished her second novel-length story and realised she had fallen in love with writing novels.

After school, she completed a health science degree, got married, and worked in banking and finance. All the while she wondered how she could combine her love of writing and her strong passion for Christian apologetics and evangelism. One weekend at a church camp, a friend asked, ‘What if the guy in charge of the Smithsonian Institution went missing?’

The result – and the answer to that question – is Julie’s maiden published novel, Deadly Disclosures. Julie has one daughter and lives in Brisbane, Australia with her family. She divides her time between being a wife, a mother and an author.

My Thoughts

I enjoyed very much the first book from Julie Cave, Deadly Disclosures, and I was looking to read the sequel of it with this second book of the trilogy.   In this specific book, the author is approaching a subject that is difficult to digest – neo-eugenics.   I had no clue whatsoever of what the word meant but has the investigation from Dinah Harris and Detective Samson Cage advance, you discover more what the term neo-eugenics means.   I know I could have Google it or look in a dictionary but that would have broken the suspence I find.  

I learned quite a bit while reading this book and I can sense the enormous research done behind the story to include historical facts in it.   While reading the mystery and trying to discover who is killing the less than fortunate human being coming on the path of the killer, you will also discover that neo-eugenics has been around for quite some time.    It made me feel in the stomach to read the belief of the people supporting this way of dealing with handicapped people, prostitutes, people dependent of drugs or alcohol and more.    You see I have a nephew who is a special need child and not in a hundred years I would think that he is not a member of society.    Being around him is fantastic.  Seeing him being simply happy to see us, to show us thing and communicate in his own special way, is priceless.    I know that our whole family is coming out stronger just by being around him.

Dinah Harris is a fabulous character willing to face her own demons and standing up in front of her problems.   The fact that she is portrayed as a young Christian who makes errors sometimes makes the character even more real for the reader.   And she isn’t the only one struggling with something.  The detective who asked for her help has some issues as well.   Seeing and reading about these two characters is encouraging for anyone.   Every now and then everyone has to deal with some things from the past, don’t we all?

The Shadowed Mind is a great sequel and I look forward to read the last installment of this series, Pieces of Light.

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Disclaimer: Thanks to MasterBooks for sending me the books for review purposes. I was not monetarily compensated for this review. Please note that the review was not influenced by the Sponsor in any way. All opinions expressed here are only my own.

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