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Reviewed by Bil Howard for Readers' Favorite
The page turning thriller, Lost Causes: Silent Scream, by Donna J. Thompson is a suspenseful mystery that will have you chewing your nails the whole way through. When Casey West comes into Detective Karl Larkin’s office, suspicious of a problem at Lakeview Mental Hospital, he thinks that it is just a pretty crazy woman talking. However, when a nurse ends up dead and the evidence points toward Casey’s suspicions, Larkin finds himself knee deep in a murder mystery with more twists to it than a pretzel. As Casey and Detective Larkin work toward unraveling the mystery, which is ever more difficult because those being investigated have friends in high places, the players have a scheme of their own going on. The hospital administrator, Casey’s Uncle Jerry and his assistant/lover Kathryn Bailey, have a little secret involving two of their patients, which Casey suspects are her sister and her nephew. When Marcus Kelly suddenly enters into the picture during the height of the mystery, Casey is immediately suspicious of what role he is playing, though she finds herself uncontrollably attracted to him. As the many layers of this thriller are peeled away, the truth is finally revealed in shocking detail and Detective Larkin moves in to make his arrest.
Lost Causes: Silent Scream shows the professional skill of Donna J. Thompson as she demonstrates her literary art in a thrilling and suspenseful page turner. It flows smoothly and has a new surprise waiting around each corner of the Lakeview Hospital. The reader is able to walk the halls with Casey West and feel the tension in her gut. She has created a masterpiece with this work and it is a great addition to the bookshelf of the most avid mystery/thriller reader. There is never a dull moment and the reader is forced to unravel the mystery just as much as the detective and Casey. The reader will be thrilled, teased, and pleased by this suspense filled mystery.