Could you tell…
When four-year-old Mia Edwards goes missing on a play date, everyone suspects Jessica Green knows what happened, especially Mia’s mother, Holly…
But Jess won’t tell anyone.
Psychiatrist, Dr. Oscar de la Nuit, is perceptive and determined to save Jess from the same regret and secrets he lives with.
Oscar thinks he has Jess figured out, but will she lead to Oscar’s redemption, or will she be his downfall?
Two complex characters – Dr Oscar de la Nuit, forensic psychiatrist at Whitner Psychiatric Hospital and his patient, Jessica Green. Jess is keeping secrets and can Oscar get her to trust him enough to reveal what they are.
Because a child has gone missing – Mia Edwards – and everyone believes Jess knows where she is, or maybe even killed her and hid the body.
But Jess is not the only one shrouded in mystery. Her husband Clay was almost killed by an intruder but the police believe it was Jess who tried to kill him. But what was her motive? She swears she didn’t do it. Is she telling the truth?
Then we have Holly who has tried to infiltrate her way into Jess’s friendship group, succeeding with Jess’s sister Niki. Their children all go to the same school and Mia has attached herself to Zoe, Jess’s five year old daughter. Mia also has secrets of her own. Is mummy hurting her? She is too scared to tell. And her daddy Ray is dead according to Holly, but Holly is the worst liar of all, claiming that Ray beat her up, but is that the truth? Even Zoe has secrets. Does she know what happened the day Mia went missing?
This is the main story, but this is also about Oscar. He is trying to get over a tragedy in his own life while rebuilding a new one. Can he form a relationship with a colleague and overcome his own feelings of guilt? And can he prevent Charles from discretiting him?
A lot of questions to be answered and secrets to be revealed in this exciting debut from a new author. 3.5/5 stars.
Many thanks to @zooloo2008 for inviting me to be part of this blog tour.
About the Author
MQ Webb has always believed in the transformational nature of words, and a medium to utilise them. How to Spot a Psychopath is the first book in the Oscar de la Nuit Psychological Thriller series.
Born without a Middle name, Q is such an undervalued letter of the alphabet, only appearing with u, so thought they would give it some respect by acknowledging it in their name.
A fascination with human behavior and motivation led them to study psychology. They once worked in a building that was converted from a gaol and is a marketing consultant for NFP’s, universities, and the public sector.