Dr. Zoe Goldman is a resident in psychiatry at a Buffalo, New York hospital. She takes a real dislike to one of her patients, Sofia, a beautiful sociopath who murdered her mother, maimed her brother and has spent more than twenty years in one hospital or another. Zoe’s supervisor suggests that Sofia be released, which makes Zoe very uncomfortable.
Zoe is dealing with some personal issues as well. Her boyfriend recently moved away and the long distance relationship is strained. The mother who adopted her is suffering from increasing dementia, and Zoe is desperate for information about her birth mother. All she has is a name and a photograph, but doesn’t know much more.
The deeper she delves into her past the more confused she gets. She is having recurring nightmares from her childhood, when she was caught in a house fire, and her therapist reluctantly tries hypnosis with minimal results.
This is a serious look at a variety of mental illnesses, especially blocked memories, and the suspense keeps building throughout until the shocking ending. This is a riveting debut from a promising new thriller writer.
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LITTLE BLACK LIES by Sandra Block. Grand Central Publishing (February 17, 2015). ISBN 978-1455583737. 352p.