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Ian comes home from work one day to find his mother huddled in the bottom of the wardrobe clutching a pink baby's blanket, convinced that someone is out there, watching her.
No one is able to give Ian a reasonable explanation. The psychiatrists tell Ian that Corinne is suffering from severe memory loss, odd behavior, and paranoid delusions.
After all, who would be hiding outside watching his mother? And why?
As a last resort Ia ...more
It's a book about a mother and son. The mother has a traumatic episode and blocks everything out. The son hires a psychiatrist to find out the reason(s) why and what cause ...more
Although it starts slow, the book picks up toward the end. The author explains the mysteries, but everything comes together too fast for me…it felt choppy and incomplete.
“Hit List” is the November book-of-the-month for our Psychological T ...more
Those among you familiar with these authors can appreciate the mastery with which they craft their books. Most of the books written by them would get 10 out of 10 from me.
When I started reading “Hit List” by Darcia Helle, I quick ...more
What would you do if you came to visit your mother one day and found her huddled in the closet, rocking back and forth, clutching a baby blanket tightly in her hand? And how does the confused and fearful woman connect to a mafia like-gang, drugs, a baby ring, sleazy cops, and an unknown assassin? These are questions which send Ian McCormick on a quest to find out, and he's scared to death he won't figure out the answers in time.
After he found his mother, Corrine, that fateful day, Ian moves in w...more
Ian McCormick's mother, Corinne, has had a bad fright. Now she has gone into periods of mental withdrawal. She thinks she sees people watching her and lives in periodic denial of reality.
The psychiatrist Ian had been bringing Corinne to doesn't seem to be helping so in despiration he hires a private investigator, Lucinella "Lu" Martel.
During this time we overhear two men, Nico and one of h ...more
Ian’s mother, Corrine, chanting and rocking, sometimes catatonic, appears to suffer from mental illness. She presents al ...more
Without giving away too much, I will say that this story is filled with suspense, surprises, wonderful, believable characters (good & bad)- all set within a great plot.
I particularly liked Lucianna - a good strong female lead, clever, resourceful, kind, and with a huge heart, yet down to earth enough to know what needs to be done, however distasteful.
Certainly a book worth reading if you love a fabulous ...more
He hires private investigator Lucianna, to find out exactly what happened that last sane night. Ian begins to find that his mother may not be the "crazy lady" she appears to be.
Just when you think you have it all figured out a new surprise pops out at you. Fast pa ...more
“Hit List” was the November book selection for the Goodreads Psychological Thrillers Group.
In “Hit List,” Ian McCormick’s mother, Corinne, suffers a psychotic break. He moves in with her to help her recover, but when Dr. Endicott, the psychiatrist he hires, isn’t able to help her, Ian hires a private investigator, Lucianna Martel, to figure out what happened to her. Sparks fly immediately between Ian and Lucianna, adding a romantic element to this tense thriller. As the mystery unfol ...more
Sanity is not something you lose, like your car keys or that elusive sock in the dryer. That's what Ian believed before his mother stepped over the edge from sane to crazy. No one is able to give Ian a reasonable explanation. Corinne suffers from severe memory loss, odd behavior, and paranoid delusions. Or at least Ian had been told they were delusions. After all, who would be hiding outside watching his mother? And why? Ian hires private investigator Lucianna Martel to retrac ...more
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I have to admit that I was not expecting too much out of this book...and I was surprised. I found the story to be well written and offered plenty of twists to keep me off balance. There is a twist or two that may be consider ...more
This book starts where mother seems to be losing her mind, forcing her son to move back home and wonder if he should her into an institution. How can a parent go from “normal” to a babbling child hiding in a closet in just one day? Follow Ian along while he tries to save his mother, with therapists and a private detective agency. Trust me; this book takes you places you never expect to go. There are surprises all the way to the end. This is the first book of Darcia Helle I have rea ...more
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I am originally from Massachusetts and now live in the Tampa Bay area of Florida. I'm married, with 2 sons, a beautiful new granddaughter, and 5 very spoiled animals.
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