Book Review: A Guilty Mind by: Kellie Larsen Murphy

Rating: 3/5

Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

Publication Date: September 10, 2012

Origins:  From Author for Review

Format:  Trade Paperback

Order Links:  Amazon / Barnes & Noble

Synopsis: "I believe a man's worth cannot be defined solely by his goodness but also by his desire to battle that in him which is not good."

George Vandenberg is in the midst of that battle, a broken man with a volatile temper and haunted by the memory of the young woman he once loved and "accidentally" killed. Wrestling with the guilt and pushed by his psychiatrist to confess the circumstances of her death, he teeters on the edge of a nervous breakdown.

The past collides with the present when the doctor turns up dead, brutally stabbed to death in his office. Stunned and confused, George emerges as the primary suspect even as he becomes a target himself. To prove his innocence, George must face the police, his manipulative wife, and the past he's been unable to forget. When the truth is finally divulged, no one, including George, is prepared for the collateral damage or the shocking identity of the killer.

Review: George Vandenberg is a man with a troubled past and who is a violent blackout drunk. George has been under a lot of pressure from his nagging wife and Dr. Michael, his therapist, has been pushing him to come forward about his past.  When Dr. Michael turns up dead, George isn’t sure if he did it because he doesn’t remember anything during the timeframe of the murder. While Detective Cancini is searching for Dr. Michael’s murderer, George is flashing back to his past. Yet, things are not quite as they seem all around…and the murderer may be closer than anyone suspects.

‘A Guilty Mind’ is a good mystery, but it seemed to go very slowly as you are led through George’s past and Cancini’s investigation. I did not like George or his wife and George only redeemed himself at the end of the story. As the mystery unravels, it is a corker which will leave your jaw dropping. I didn’t really like any of the characters, except the detectives, but there was something compelling about the story which kept me reading.


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