Sunday, October 6, 2013

Separation Anxiety-Michael Lister

Separation Anxiety

Michael Lister

Pulpwood, Sep 13 2013, $26.99

ISBN 9781888146356

Near Tupelo, Florida, sixteen year old Shelby Summers vanishes eight years to the date that her twin sister Savannah disappeared at a time when a hurricane in the Gulf threatens the Panhandle. Her aunt renowned artist Taylor Sean and her lover novelist Marc Hayden are enjoying their tryst as he marvels over how she transformed her traumatized body into a work of art. She, on the other hand, knows all the tattoos on her epidermis will not conceal the survivor guilt she feels after the surgery to separate her from her conjoined twin left her sibling Trevor dead.

When Taylor receives the call that Shelby failed to go to school, she panics as she hysterically recalls how Savannah vanished during the short walk from the bus to the cabin. Taylor prays that her niece skipped school to spend time with her boyfriend Julian, but the artist also fears he may be the lesser of two evils.

The sequel to Double Exposure is an exciting thriller with several shockers (too many) including ties back to the aftermath of WWII. Fast-paced, readers will empathize with the heroine as she struggles to cope with one trauma after another when she never recovered emotionally from the surgery. Although not a John Jordan bloody investigation (see The Body and the Blood, Flesh and Blood, Power in the Blood and Blood of the Lamb), Separation Anxiety is a taut twisting tale.

Harriet Klausner

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