A Circle of Souls by Preetham Grandhi
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I classified this excellent novel as urban fantasy; Eastern metaphysics; paranormal; and of course classic murder mystery. It’s rare, though exciting, to discover a novel whose characters are delved into to the depths this story does. Author Preetham Grandhi has years of experience in child psychiatry, but he also knows his adult characters very well: Dr. Peter Gram, one of the protagonists; Dr. Everson Hunter; Everson’s girlfriend Evelyn; the Hastings; the Iyengars; FBI Special Agent Leia Bines, Detective Rodriquez, Lieutenant Andrews. Then there are the children: Janet, Naya (also an important protagonist), Sasha, and others.
The story hinges around three main protagonists: Naya, a young child; Dr. Peter; and the killer. But woven into and around these three are complex webs of secrets and revelations, religion and spirituality, psychosis and psychiatry, and plenty of heart-in-mouth suspense.
“A Circle of Souls” is a gripping and riveting page-turner. I recommend it.
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