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Shiny Water (Michael Stone #1)
by Anna Salter
In the suspense-charged tradition of Patricia Cornwell, Anna Salter draws from her professional expertise to introduce forensic psychologist Michael Stone, a sharply witty, courageous heroine who champions the victims of the most devastating crimes. Called to testify in a high-profile custody battle, Michael delivers a professional assessment that shocks her Vermont commun ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published May 1st 1998 by Pocket Books
(first published 1997)
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Dr. Michael Stone is a forensic psychologist who champions the victims of crimes. In this case she has become involved in a custody battle. When Michael delivers her testimony which accuses a prominent, well-liked surgeon with child abuse, the community is shocked. The judge ignores her accusations and gives full custody to the father charging the mother with leading her children to a wrongful accusation. The very next day the children are murdered and none other than the mother is jailed.
Great debut novel for Anna Salter, although if reading about child molesters bothers you this would not be a book for you. Dr. Michael Stone (female) is a forensic psychologist who evaluates children who have claimed to have been molested prior to court cases. She also has a private practise where she counsels molested children. Sometimes like in the case of the Southworths divorce there isn't a really good parent to award custody too but she must make decisions. Dad was the molester but Mom is ...more
Actually a good crime novel which centered around the dark topic of child-abuse about as well as possible. (Not a spoiler-alert to the plot.) One frequent word usage error that proofreaders should have caught: The protagonist drank "ice tea" throughout the novel.
Dr. Michael Stone is a forensic psychiatrist. She evaluates children who have been abused and testifies in court on their behalf. She goes to court and recommends two children be given to their mother for custody but two days later they are dead, found at the mother's house after the father was awarded custody. Michael is horrified and wonders what went wrong and she investigates. Her life is complicated by her own issues: her extended family in North Carolina has their own issues and Michael is ...more
I shall give this book three stars because I like the fact that it is mostly set in Vermont--in the area where we have family. The title seems not to fit--shiny water is mentioned twice, but it seems as though a different title would be more suitable. The main character is Dr. Michael Stone--a woman, not a man. In the tv show Walton's Mountain, there was an actress named Michsel. If the character is going to be a woman, why not give her a feminine name. Supposedly, her father was drunk, thought ...more
Feb 04, 2013 Peggy Walker rated it really liked it
This is the first review? I LOVE Anna Salter. Her heroine, Michael Stone, a female forensic psychologist is a fascinating character. My favorite thing about her is that after a devastating personal event she saves her sanity by simplifying her life. She lives out in the woods, and never allows herself to own more than 250 things. I just love playing with that idea...what would be essential...what I could live without. Her storytelling is wonderful as well. Highly recommended.
By turns gripping, horrifying and funny, this debut novel is worth reading just to hear a truly new voice. A lot of the story takes in the main character's head, and I enjoyed listening to her self-deprecating inner dialogue. I could have done without the too-frequent basketball references, and I would have preferred more character development. Not a bad read, but not great either.
Anna Salter writes intense and fast-paced investigation novels filled with the kind of psychological details that fans of Jonathan Kellerman often enjoy. This is the first of two books featuring Michael Stone.
Jan 30, 2010 Lauriek rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: teens and adults
Recommended to Lauriek by: no one
A very serious subject and reality check set in a mystery. The characters are intriquing and have depth. It was one mystery I didn't solve at the beginning. I want to read more of her books
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