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Reviewed by Grace Masso for Readers' Favorite
The Psychs of Manhattan by CC Harris is a psychological thriller with unexpected twists and turns. The Life of a Wall Street financier is upended when he loses $400,000 belonging to the Russian Mafia and his own money in what seems to be a sure-winner kind of investment— and he also loses his penthouse apartment, yearly vacations, and entry to some of the best restaurants. He invested the Mafia’s money in a tech company and the director of the company has stolen the company’s money and skipped the country. To pay back the money and redeem himself, Curtis Carter accepts a job at The Manhattan Well-being Clinic as an office assistant. The clinic belongs to a reputable psychiatrist who doubles as a psychologist. But Curtis is stunned that clients of the clinic end up missing or dead. Curtis accepts an offer from the NYPD to go undercover and help catch the killer. Does he have what it takes to bring in an organized killer with an uncanny penchant for sex and money?
The writing is top-notch and the fluidity of the prose adds a layer of entertainment to the story. The first-person narrative voice is deftly used, unveiling the strong emotions of the protagonist, allowing the stream of consciousness as he reflects on his life and actions to make a strong impact on the story. CC Harris writes details into the story and does so in a voice that is natural and a style that is simple and accessible to ordinary readers. I enjoyed the drama which is strengthened by the masterful use of dialogues. The conflict opens the story and right from the first page, the protagonist is in a dire predicament — losing money and attracting the wrath of the Russians, having to leave Wall Street hastily, and finding a way to repay the loss. The story is edgy. It is emotionally compelling. I pitied the protagonist and wanted to see what will happen to him, but the author cleverly introduces twists where I never saw any coming. The Psychs of Manhattan is fast-paced, a story with strong plot lines that explores crime from a fresh perspective. I loved the characters as well as the plot. This is a page-turner for fans of crime and psychological thrillers.