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A Circle of Souls

A Circle of Souls

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by Preetham Grandhi

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The sleepy town of Newbury, Connecticut, is shocked when a little girl is found brutally murdered. The town's top detective, perplexed by a complete lack of leads, calls in FBI agent Leia Bines, an expert in cases involving children.

Meanwhile, Dr. Peter Gram, a psychiatrist at Newbury's hospital, searches desperately for the cause of seven-year-old Naya


The sleepy town of Newbury, Connecticut, is shocked when a little girl is found brutally murdered. The town's top detective, perplexed by a complete lack of leads, calls in FBI agent Leia Bines, an expert in cases involving children.

Meanwhile, Dr. Peter Gram, a psychiatrist at Newbury's hospital, searches desperately for the cause of seven-year-old Naya Hastings's devastating nightmares. Afraid that she might hurt herself in the midst of a torturous episode, Naya's parents have turned to the bright young doctor as their only hope.

The situations confronting Leia and Peter converge when Naya begins drawing chilling images of murder after being bombarded by the disturbing images in her dreams. Amazingly, her sketches are the only clues to the crime that has panicked Newbury residents. Against her better judgment, Leia explores the clues in Naya's crude drawings, only to set off an alarming chain of events.

In this stunning psychological thriller, innocence gives way to evil, and trust lies forgotten in a web of deceit, fear, and murder.
"The seminal work of this fine author kept me glued to my chair until the adventure was over and the mystery solved. A great read!"
-Judge Judy Sheindlin
author of Don't Pee on My Leg and Tell Me It's Raining.
Star of Judge Judy, the TV Show

"A fascinating debut-this novel takes the reader to the darkest places in the human soul, from a writer with the authenticity to lead us there. A stunning thriller and an important read."
-Linda Fairstein
the New York Times best-selling author of Killer Heat, Bad Blood, Death Dance, and Entombed

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ForeWord Magazine
Grandhi is a child psychologist and his knowledge and empathy for troubled children adds credibility to the story. The climax, and how he resolves it, will please some mystery fans and undoubtedly annoy others.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
thebookwormNJ More than 1 year ago
In A Circle of Souls 10 year old Janet Troy disappears one day after getting off the school bus. As a short cut walking home, she takes the path along Willow Lake and is never heard from again. Dr. Peter Gram works at the hospital and specializes in pediatric medicine. Late one night a 7 year old is brought into the ER and they page Dr. Gram to evaluate her. Naya Hastings has been having vivid nightmares and has been sleepwalking dangerously. Her parents are in fear of her hurting herself during her dream states. Meanwhile agent Leia Bines has been called back to work from her vacation in Hawaii to investigate the dissapearance of Janet Troy in Connecticut. The story gets very creepy once Naya's dreams become more vivid, and take a paranormal aspect. She begins to see and speak to Janet Troy in these dreams. Janet gives Naya tips and clues about her death and murderer. Naya then passes these clues on to Dr. Peter Gram through vivid drawings. I found A Circle of Souls to be a page turner. The story took off from page one and just kept on going. It was a fast paced thriller with plenty of plot twists and turns to keep me hooked until the very end. The story had some great, well developed characters. I found myself trying to figure out who the killer was and hoping Leia Bines would finally arrest him. I liked that there was a strong, female investigator on the case. The reader also gets a look into the killers mind and finds out why this person is so sick. This was a great book, I highly recommend it for anyone who enjoys a good, suspenseful thriller with a bit of paranormal twist to it. Like I said, it got very creepy once Naya starts to talk to Janet in her dreams. I got goosebumps while reading. I felt like the author did a good job when writing about Janet and what happened to her, it wasn't overwhelming to the reader.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
lamorgan More than 1 year ago
I was very surprised at how much I enjoyed this book. It has the elements of several different styles of writing, including horror, mystery and psychological thriller. And it was also refreshing in that there was no sex or vulgar language. However, there are vivid descriptions of murder that could potentially make some readers queasy. I've always been a fan of this type of story. I cut my serious reader teeth on Stephen King and, at one time, that's about the only author I'd follow. It was when I ran out of books by King that I began branching out to different authors and genres. "A Circle of Souls" was sent to me by the author and I'm glad I agreed to review his book. There are several elements I liked about Preetham's style of writing. First, I liked his short, punchy chapters. I also enjoyed the way he wove the different stories together to come full circle to where they connected. I also liked how he described the characters so you really felt like you knew them and understood their thought processes. You knew whether you were supposed to like a character or not because their personalities came through in the writing. Plus, it was an interesting story line integrating several belief systems, including Hinduism and Jamaican voodoo. As you get toward the end of the book and you think you have it figured out, Preetham throws a curve ball and provides a surprise ending that makes perfect sense. Great read, super writer . I'm looking forward to more work by this author in the future.
TheCrowdedLeaf More than 1 year ago
For starters, this book was better than I thought it was going to be. It's Preetham Grandhi's debut novel, but it doesn't feel like this is the first thing he's ever written. As suspense novels go, it was well written and executed like a pro. The plot (though predictable at times if you've read lots of these books like I have) was original and kept me interested throughout. The story follows a murder in a sleepy town in Connecticut. Child psychiatrist Dr. Peter Gram teams up with FBI agent Leia Bines to solve the mystery; the problem is that their only clues come from the nightmares of a little girl named Naya. Gram is handsome, intelligent, and lonely (I pictured Patrick Dempsey the whole time), Bines is beautiful and damaged. Together they make a great cop/doc crime-fighting pair. When I read these types of books I make a point of noting the dialogue between the characters and how they interact with each other. For the most part, Grandhi's dialogue was refreshingly realistic and not overly dramatic. It ran close to predictable once or twice, but I only noticed that because I was making a point to look for it. The third-person narrative was executed incredibly well, easily transitioning between the young girl Naya, and the older characters without jarring the flow. It takes a lot of talent to pull that off the way Grandhi has. The plot has a touch of the paranormal, which was unique for a suspense novel and I really enjoyed that aspect of it, especially since it wasn't campy. Overall, this is an excellent suspense/mystery novel that made me want the train ride to go longer so I could keep reading. An excellent book to fall into when you need to escape and want a good mystery to keep you distracted. It reminded me of James Patterson, but in a good way (since I'm not really a fan of his Women's Murder Club novels) and I definitely recommend it if you're fans of suspense and mystery thrillers. I enjoyed it far more than the four novels I've read by Patterson. Well done. I am really looking forward to seeing what he does for the sequel!
pagese More than 1 year ago
I liked this books overall and felt it was a good and fast read. I especially enjoyed the psychological/paranormal aspects of this book. It made me really connect with Naya and I liked Dr. Gram. I was happy to see he took her dreams seriously. There are times the story felt very simple to me though. Maybe I've read to many mysteries. I was hoping for more of a twist in the ending, but I knew who the killer was about half way through the book (I did doubt it for a bit though.) I also would have liked more of the paranormal.
Aurelia_Rose More than 1 year ago
Preetham Grandhi's debut novel A Circle of Souls begins with the mysterious disappearance of young Janet Troy in the small town of Newbury, Connecticut. When her body is found, brutally mutilated, FBI agent Leia Bines, an expert in cases involving children, is called in. Meanwhile, psychiatrist Dr. Peter Gram searches for the reason behind the devastating nightmares of seven year-old Naya Hastings. Nightmares that seem to be connected to a murder she couldn't possibly know about. As Naya begins to draw chillingly accurate pictures of the crime, Leia and Peter meet, both desperate to solve the case before another child is taken. I was pleasantly surprised by A Circle of Souls. I received this book from the author for review purposes, and wasn't expecting it, as a debut novel, to be anything great. I'm happy to say that A Circle of Souls was full of suspense and interesting, well-developed characters. It was a very entertaining psychological thriller, with a wonderful addition of Indian culture which made the story all the more appealing. Though this book is a rather new addition to the world, I expect it will be extremely popular in a few months once word gets out. I would recommend A Circle of Souls for those interested in psychology, crime novels, or for those looking for an overall thrilling read.
Froggarita More than 1 year ago
I received this book from the author and I have to say this is book is great read. This suspense thriller is his debut book but you would not know that from reading it. The plot is original and interesting, the characters likeable and the story keeps you guessing to the end. The author is already working on a sequel to this book! If you would like more information about this book please visit the authors website below. The Authors Website: http://www.acircleofsouls.com
mshukers More than 1 year ago
This was a fantastic book. I had to force myself to put it down. It held me from the very beginning. I am recommending it to everyone I talk to. I just can't say enough and can't wait to read his next book.
Bookworm821 More than 1 year ago
"A Circle of Souls" is Preetham Grandhi's debut novel, and he hits a home run with this first book. This novel grabs you by the throat from the first page, shakes you hard and doesn't let you go until the last page. "A Circle of Souls" is a shivery combination of psychological suspense, some romantic tension, with an interweaving of the supernatural. "A Circle of Souls" is a well-written novel, with several storylines cleverly stitched together into a tight weave that constitutes the fabric of this story. All of the threads come together satisfyingly in the end, leaving the reader breathless and exhilarated. This book takes place in Newbury, Connecticut, where a little girl is brutally murdered by a mysterious person, known to readers only as the slaaf (an internet search reveals that a slaaf is a "slave"). "A Circle of Souls" is a thrilling story about a little girl, Naya Hastings, a young girl whose disturbing dreams cause her parents to bring her to see Dr. Peter Gram, a child psychologist at the local hospital. Meanwhile, an FBI expert , Leia Bines, is called in to assist local police in solving the bizarre murder. Dr. Gram grows increasingly concerned as Naya's detailed drawings about her very vivid dreams seem to parallel the investigation surrounding the other girl's death. Dr. Grams involvement in the events goes beyond his professional involvement and involves him personally. This novel is a fascinating study of past lives, the possibility of psychic dreaming (think "Medium") and the ability of souls to reach across the chasm between life and death. Run, don't walk, to the nearest book store or online store and buy this book! I can't wait for Preetham's next novel. He is definitely going on my list of "favorite authors."
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A Circle of Souls by Preetham Grandi is a murder mystery thriller with a slight paranormal twist. I got this book from the author as an ARC. It is my first and I was very intrigued to read it. I had worked in a hospital for children with psychological problems and wanted to see his take on it. The author didn't disappoint and was very accurate in his description in that area. The story on the whole draws you into the mystery even though you are a "witness" to the initial crime which starts the story. Within the book, you are reading several points of view, but because of the layout of the chapters, you never get lost. The paranormal aspect begins with Naya's dreams and the main character, Peter, who is determined to figure out exactly what those dreams mean. My main complaints with the book are perhaps minor and really doesn't take away from the story as a whole. First, he does not cuss. Now this isn't anything bad, but it is an adult novel and kids in a situation in a locked-down facility do and will cuss. If told from Naya's perspective, it wouldn't have bothered me, but it continued with Peter and the others as well. I wondered if the author had a problem with cussing. Another problem I had was with the philosophy of fatalism. It was explained too simplistically. Even within the concept of fatalism there is an aspect of free will. No matter how contradictory that sounds, the aspect is there. Usually it is explained not as an something that you will do without choice, but if you go against fatalism, your life will not be as fulfilling and happy as it would have been otherwise. I also felt the ending was a bit abrupt. I will not say more as it could ruin the ending, but I would have like a bit more of it drawn out. Not by much, but a little. Even with this criticism I will say the ending was interesting and sets things up for a possible second book. One that should also prove to be a good read. On the whole, however, I would say that this book is good. It holds you interest well and keeps you trying to figure out exactly how and why until those mysteries are revealed. One that gets the wheels turning in your head and satisfies you with a ending that makes you want more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
VaBookworm More than 1 year ago
A Circle of Souls is a psychological thriller about a small girl who is brutally murdered in a small town in CT. Agent Leia Bines is put on the case as the leading expert in cases regarding children, but unfortunately law enforcement has very little to go on. Meanwhile, Dr. Peter Gram, a psychologist working in the pediatric unit meets a new patient named Naya, a seven year old girl who suffers from nightmares. It quickly becomes apparent that Naya is having more than just nightmares, and Peter decides that her problem is beyond medical. Naya appears to be communicating with the murdered girl when she is sleeping and then shares her "dreams" with Peter afterward. Peter shares this information with Agent Bines, who is skeptical about following leads from a seven year old being seen by a psychologist. However, after checking out the information provided by Naya, a series of events unfold that make it nearly impossible to put the book down. One of my favorite aspects of this book was the characters, and how the author brought them to life. Peter, the male lead of the story, is introduced to the reader at a time when he's suffering from a cold. How often do you come across a book where the characters are suffering from a head cold? It seems trivial in context with the story, but it helps to bring a level of normality and lifelikeness to the story which is uncommon in writing. I realize many writers bring medical conditions into their writing, but normally they are serious diseases, while typically the insignificant conditions are overlooked. I also liked how lifelike the environments of the story were. It is obvious that Grandhi has knowledge of medicine and psychology, and this shows in the quality of descriptions of certain settings in the book, such as the hospital and psych unit. Another feature that I loved about this book was the shift between points of view. The book's prologue drops you right into the shoes of the killer, giving you immediate insight into the mind of the monster. You then shift to the little girl, Janet, who is the unfortunate victim of the murderer. From there on out, you experience the story progression through a variety of characters, including Dr. Gram, Agent Bines, and Naya. Through the telling of each of their side of the story, the path to discovering the killer is uncovered. By frequently alternating narrators (chapters are typically very short- only a couple of pages long), the story gains momentum and never allows the reader to grow bored with any aspect of the story. It was refreshing to come across a story where although romance was alluded to, it never took hold. In many stories these days, the lead characters end up together at the end of the book. In the case of this book, Agent Bines and Peter seemed to be hitting it off, and even seemed to share an attraction. Based on previous experience with books and movies, I was anticipating that they would end up together in the end. I was pleasantly surprised when Leia returned home, with nothing more than flirting ever occurring. I can't even tell you how great it was to read a book where I couldn't predict the outcome! Predictability is my pet peeve when reading, and can make a book incredibly boring. I promise you this- this book is anything but boring! I couldn't put this book down once I started reading it! From the outset, you are intrigued by how all of the events taking place tie into the brutal murder of the little girl. As eve
LivreloverLA More than 1 year ago
Babas_Book_Blog More than 1 year ago
This is a debut novel by Preetham Grandhi, a medical doctor who works at Bronx Children's Psychiatric Center in New York. The story is set in Newbury, Connecticut, where 10-year old Janet Troy is found brutally murdered and dismembered. The local police force is stymied and has no clues regarding who would have killed the girl and why. F.B.I. Agent Leia Bines, an expert in crimes involving children, is brought in to help solve this mystery. Meanwhile, within a short time after Janet's body is discovered, another girl, 7-year old Naya Hastings, is brought to the local hospital. Naya has been having violent dreams that cause her to sleepwalk. Her parents, fearful because they cannot figure out what is causing her nightmares, turn to Dr. Peter Gram, a psychiatrist at the hospital to help solve Naya's problem. What starts out as two separate stories about two separate girls in Newbury slowly intertwines and connects. Naya starts drawing pictures; but not just any pictures. These pictures are of the crime scene of Janet Troy's murder. How is this possible? It's up to Dr. Gram and F.B.I. Agent Leia Bines to find out. That is the story of "A Circle of Souls." Very slowly the lives of Naya, Janet, Leia Bines and Dr. Peter Gram are brought together, but in ways that none of them could ever have imagined. I thought this was a good book by this first-time author. The chapters are short but easy to read. At a certain point in the book, the dialogue among charcters did seem to be a bit choppy and did not flow well (I thought) but overall, this is a good book. I'm not sure if the author plans any type of sequel. I think the book ended so that another book could appear reuniting Dr. Peter Gram and F.B.I. Agent Leia Bines. Or perhaps you could have a sequel focusing solely on Agent Bines. In any event, a good book and one worth reading if you get the chance.
SheilaDeeth More than 1 year ago
A Circle of Souls, by Preetham Grandhi, is an intriguing book. The story opens with the shocking murder of a small girl, then moves into the local hospital where a psychiatrist is trying to understand another girl's sleepwalking attempt at suicide. But a wonderful lightness of touch keeps the reader hopeful in spite of it all, and quickly turning the pages. The psychiatrist is a warm, engaging character; the FBI investigator likewise. Both of them are driven and devoted to their jobs. And their stories intersect when Naya makes drawings for her doctor depicting her dreams and Janet's death. There are things in life that are hard or impossible to explain. All too often, novels introduce such things only to beat them into the ground with a call to follow the author's chosen set of religious beliefs. A Circle of Souls avoids this trap. While introducing Naya's Indian relatives and their mysterious faith, the author leaves the reader, like the characters, to wonder how all this might be made to fit in with modern America and modern science. Intriguingly, Naya's uncle feels she'll be safer in America with her powers than in India. And oh how I'd love to read a sequel and see how that works out. By the end of the novel, the murder is resolved. Several cultures have collided with a mixture of pain and joy. And the characters, once devoted only to work, have moved on and begun to change. The dark recesses of the human mind have been exposed, leaving the reader filled with sympathy that might once have been denied. And mysteries unknown are still hard or impossible to explain. They're just a little more real.
LHedgpeth More than 1 year ago
A Circle of Souls is Preetham Grandi's debut work, a book that is chock full of mystery, thrills, and the paranormal, as well as psychology. Souls takes place in the bedroom community of Newbury, Connecticut - - a town generally untouched by the brutal nature of people, that is thrown into a panic with the disappearance and cruel murder of young Janet Kent. The local police department, panicked at Janet's apparent abduction, calls in FBI agent Leia Bines, who is fighting her own demons for having failed to save a young boy from a killer. Meanwhile, little Naya Hastings has been fighting her own type of demons - - vivid nightmares that are threatening her safety. She is brought to child psychiatrist Peter Gram, who has devoted his life to helping and saving children, to the despair of his personal life. Soon Peter realizes that Naya appears to be dreaming of the deceased Janet Kent, and the monster that took her away. Although Peter's medical training and rational mind fight such a diagnosis, his life becomes entwined with Naya's and the monster's in a way he never thought possible. A Circle of Souls held my interest from the very first page until the last, so engrossing was the story and so fascinating were the characters. While the death of Janet is brutal, the book is not grisly, nor does it have any language that some readers might find objectionable. There is quite a bit of psychiatry but I found it interesting rather than tedious. And it certainly is appropriate given the plot of the book and Naya's situation. For the romance lover, there is a slight amount of romantic tension between Peter and FBI agent Leia Bines. Both characters come off sympathetically and likable and so I found myself hoping that these two would manage to overcome obstacles and differences and make a connection. Ultimately, though, Circle of Souls is a mystery and a thriller. And a well done one at that. I enjoyed every moment reading this book and was saddened to have it end, although the ending was very satisfying. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good mystery or thriller, but more importantly to anyone who enjoys a well put together story with vibrant characters. Here is hoping that A Circle of Souls is the first of many books to come from Preetham Grandi.
debbook More than 1 year ago
A Circle of Souls takes place in Newbury, Conn. A young girl has been murdered with her body parts severed and displayed in a ritual-type fashion. FBI agent Leia Bines is called in to lead the investigation. At the same time, psychiatrist Peter Gram is working with a young girl, Naya, who has dreams that contain details of the murder, details she could not possibly know. My review: The novel was a bit slow at first, with these separate stories but then picks up speed as they converge and then races to the end. What I liked: The story itself was interesting, with just a bit of paranormal and reincarnation themes. We know the killer at the beginning of the novel as "the slaaf", a word I had to look up, which is Dutch for slave. I liked the relationship that developed between Peter and Naya. What I didn't like: I thought the dialogue was a bit simplistic, and the story, while interesting, needed to have the characters more developed. It was a bit unrealistic that the FBI agent and the psychiatrist so easily accept the possibility of Naya having supernatural dreams that could lead them to the killer. It might have worked better had there been more layers to the story. The FBI agent was almost irrelevant in this book, as it seemed to be more Peter's story. This is the author's debut novel and I would read his next novel because I think he has a lot of potential and is an author to keep an eye on.
Momma_Hunt More than 1 year ago
I was lucky enough to get selected to review Dr. Preetham Grandhi's book through a book blogging hook up. I can honestly say that this is one of the best books I have ever read. It was a great psychological thriller with amazingly in depth characters, and a great plot line. Most of the reason that this story is so good is because it is not about one main character but revolves around several main characters and how their lives intertwine. The book starts out with the murder of a little girl and then the murder investigation. Added into this tale is a famous FBI expert, the local police officer, and a great little girl names Naya who has been having visions about the little girl who was murdered. Add to this a few important doctors and it adds up to one great psychological thriller. I would love to talk more about the amazing story, but it would be giving away part of the tale What I liked most about this book is that it really delved into the thoughts, emotions , and past doings of several of the characters. So not only is the story line progressing but you are learning more and more about the main characters. The other part of Circle that I loved was that I felt the book was leading me to think the killer was one person and it was totally not and it made the end of the book a huge surprise. Again, Circle of Souls is one of the best books I have read in a very long time!!
BTHM More than 1 year ago
I read at LEAST 50 murder mysteries a year, so I feel pretty qualified to say that Circle of Souls by Preetham Grandhi is one of the best mysteries I've read this year! I can't wait to see if Mr. Grandhi makes this book into a series! I am still in shock that this is his FIRST book! Talk about coming out of the gate and winning the race! This story is the classic cop/detective thriller involving a missing child, but with a dash of supernatural/superstition. having said that, do NOT be warned off of this book! The juxtaposition of the Jamaican and Indian beliefs with the tradition mystery story gives it a shaded nuance that keeps it interesting from the first chapter! The use felt natural and integral to the story. It gave it a new twist if you will to the traditional tale! Set in Newbury, Connecticut, the story starts with the murder of ten year old Janet Troy, who disappeared after walking home from school. Mr. Grandhi is a child psychologist and his background helped to lend the characters authentic issues, character and strengths. I liked that the female lead FBI agent, Leia Bines, was flawed and had "issues"- it made her more real to life. She's a character you want to see again, to see how she resolves her issues and handles other cases. The child protagonist, Naya Hastings, is almost as mature as the adults (including Dr. Peter Gram, a child Psychiatrist, who comes to treat Naya for her sleepwalking episodes and to help the police in solving the case) around her and she was a calm presence in the center of a very busy storm of unfolding events. She comes off as a child you would't mind knowing. In fact, all the characters were interesting to me. Dr Gram makes an emotional and intellectual awakening that evolves as the story evolves. The mystery has many twists and turns. I liked that I thought I knew what the ending was going to be, but didn't feel like skipping ahead to verify it. A good book keeps you reading, because of the characters and dialogue push the story to the ending, and the reader wants to be part of the 'ride' to the end! the end has a twist that I did not see coming- I liek to be surprised like that. It reminds of when I was a child reading and didn't know what was coming- the expectation gets met so much more as an adult! In fact, it made me want to go back and reread the story to what clues I missed-and I don't normally re-read books! If you want a good read, pick up this book!
Alipet813 More than 1 year ago
This is Preetham Grandhi's debut novel, and if this is any sign of what his future will be...it looks bright. This novel pulled me in from the very beginning. It opened with a prologue that had me asking questions, and then immediately followed with the disappearance of a young girl. By chapter three Naya,a young girl with sleep walking and talking, had been added into the mix. I knew these sections were related to each other, but it took me the entire novel to figure out exactly what was going on. Can Naya's dreams really be communication with the dead? Who could the slaaf be and who is his master? These are the two main questions in the novel. I knew from the beginning that the young girl was murdered by the slaaf and that somehow Naya seemed to be channeling the spirits of the dead. It was the way that Mr. Grandhi took his time weaving the story together and slowly exposing more that kept me pulled in. Mr. Grandhi's background as a child psychiatrist made the many scenes in the psychiatric unit of the hospital easy to follow and believable. He did a wonderful job of character and relationship building and made me feel as if I knew them. Near the end I thought I had determined the guilty party, but the twists and turns left me with enough of a question that I wasn't sure until it was revealed. There were a couple of things about the novel that I really liked besides the story itself. First, it has short chapters that flowed together well. The chapters switched from one character to another, but were easy to follow. I also appreciated that the gore was kept to a minimum. Several gory things occurred, but the novel wasn't hard to read. The scenes were described in a way that left you with no doubt as to what happened, but didn't get lost in unnecessary gruesome details. I would highly recommend this to anyone who loves a good mystery. This is a psychological thriller that makes you think about exactly what the mind can do, and what exactly your dreams may mean.
grumpydan More than 1 year ago
Preetham Grandhi has written an outstanding murder mystery with "A Circle of Souls". This debut novel comes as a surprise as it is well written and had me wondering and guessing what was going on. In mixing spiritual beliefs and modern medicine, he has created an intense story. You feel for the characters and it is easy to read and understand. I was able to finish it in two days.
Melysse More than 1 year ago
When Preetham Grandhi contacted me via this blog, asking if I'd consider reviewing his new novel, A Circle of Souls, I immediately stopped surfing websites for Myrtle beach vacation rentals and jumped at the chance. I was in the mood for a thriller, I told him via email, and after reading the description of the story, I thought it was just the sort of book I would love. I was not wrong. A Circle of Souls opens with a young girl on her way home from school - she never arrives, and the search for her (and later her killer) are half the plot of the novel. Intertwined with the murder mystery, however, is another mystery: that of a little girl who is having very vivid dreams which may be causing her harm. Set in a sleepy Connecticut town, and filled with characters like the child psychologist working with Naya (the girl with the dreams) and a female FBI agent, neither of whom are at all predictable or "stock" characters, this book grips you from the start, teasing you with a cozy afternoon before it really dives into the action. Despite the fast pace of the novel, and some rather bloody descriptions, there is also a gentleness to this story that is both lyrical and somewhat reassuring. One of the ways I judge the quality of a novel is how willing I am to put it down and resume a non-reading activity. This book kept me enthralled to the point where I could not sleep until I knew what had happened.
VickiLN More than 1 year ago
This is Preetham Grandhi's debut novel, but you wouldn't know that from reading the book. A Circle Of Souls is full of suspense and alternates between different view points which added to the thrill of the book. The author has added some medical, psychological and supernatural elements, which I loved. The connection between Dr. Gram and Naya fascinated me, as did every paragraph, especially Naya's dreams and drawings. This was an amazing book and I don't think it could have been written any better. I could go on and on about this book, but I won't. I will just say that if you like suspense, this is definitely a "Must Read"!!! A Circle Of Souls is one that you won't want to put down. Before I knew it, I was at the end. I will definitely be looking forward to more from this amazing author.