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Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite
A Disturbing Nature by Brian Lebeau is the first novel in The Echo of Whispers Series. Set in 1975, the story follows Maurice Lumen, a.k.a. Mo, who was thrown out of his home in Virginia, the only home he ever knew. Arriving in Rhode Island, Mo wished for a better life, but those wishes were never meant to be fulfilled. A serial killer titled the Pastoral Predator was out and about, picking his victims without a care in the world. FBI Chief Investigator Francis Palmer was leading the search, and somehow Mo became a suspect in the case. While the Pastoral Predator killed women left and right, Mo wasn’t sure if he was as innocent as he believed. Palmer, on the other hand, was desperate for a win. However, neither Palmer nor Mo was honest. Both had secrets, and all of them will be revealed when the Pastoral Predator is caught.
A Disturbing Nature is one of the best psychological thrillers I have read this year. Author Brian Lebeau is a maestro with words and storytelling. Mo’s story was heartbreaking, to say the least. An accident rendered his mind immature and inconsistent with his age, which made him a suspect in the story. Palmer, on the other hand, was a very sharp and calculating character. His addiction to Valium made him unreliable at times because he wasn’t as “attentive” as he should have been. His intensity and insistence on finding the killer and delivering justice almost blinded him. There are many post-World War II novels, but none of them delves into the cultural impact of the war like this novel does. You look into the minds of people who lived with the constant threat of becoming a victim of a senseless killer or losing themselves to vices like alcoholism and drugs. What a grand start to a fantastic series!