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“Lovesick” by Spencer Siedel Book Review


About the Book

Late one night out on the Eastern Promenade Trail in Portland, Maine, the police discover an incoherent teenager sitting in a pool of blood, holding the body of his best friend and the murder weapon. The girl they both love has been missing for weeks.

The kid’s jealousy clearly drove him to murder. He says the missing girl is the love of his life. She also happens to be the girlfriend of the murder victim.

It’s an open and shut case, or so most of Portland thinks.

Dr. Lisa Boyers, forensic psychologist, receives a call from an old friend, a connection to her troubled past. Attorney Rudy Swaner wants her to interview the young killer Paul Ducharme, who is claiming he doesn’t remember the events leading up to the murder.

In her jailhouse interviews, Lisa helps Paul to recover his memories. But something about Paul’s disturbing love story shakes Lisa to the very core of her being. To understand Paul, she is forced to confront her own ugly violent secrets.

Media attention mounts. Reporters stream into Portland. All eyes turn to the psychologist who seems intent on exonerating the vicious teen killer. Soon Lisa finds herself the focus of an over-zealous reporter with a knack for digging up dirty secrets.

But the killer who has Lisa in the crosshairs already knows them all.

The Review

This book is something that is right up my alley.  I am not sure who to compare the authors writing style too – Dean Koontz maybe?  My time is limited and I don’t try to commit to too many books if I can help it.  I wasn’t sure I was going to have time to read this book but I picked it up and couldn’t put it down.  It was finished in one sitting (well almost, with laundry and dishes in between).  Truly a page turner.

Following Paul’s journey through this book was something I really enjoyed.  He was so well written and easy to relate to.  Just another case of a good kid getting involved with the wrong crowd? Maybe.That’s for Dr. Lisa to determine.  Adding fuel to the fire are Paul’s best friend Lee and Wendy, the girl he loves.  Each of them have their own issues that are discovered as the plot unfolds.  This trio is what kept me turning the pages to see if I could find out more about their dysfunctional relationship.

Sharing Lisa’s memories and thoughts outside of the main story just added to the overall enjoyment of the story.  I highly recommend it!

About the Author

Spencer Seidel’s love of reading and writing began as a child after he discovered Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. His first novel, Dead of Wynter, was published in 2011 and was well-received by critics and readers alike. When he’s not writing novels, Spencer enjoys playing loud rock guitar, something he’s been doing for over twenty-five years.


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