DON'T LOOK IN by Tom Saric
Category: Adult Fiction (18 +), 230 pages
Genre: Thriller, Mystery
Publisher: Severn River Publishing
Release date: October, 2020 | Tour dates: Nov 9 to Nov 20, 2020
Content Rating: PG-13 + M. No gratuitous sex, profanity or violence.
A PSYCHIATRIST BECOMES PRIME SUSPECT IN THE MURDERS OF HIS PATIENTS IN A NEW THRILLER
The patients of psychiatrist Gus Young are turning up dead in Tom Saric’s new thriller, DON’T LOOK IN (October 6, 2020; Severn River Publishing), and he is the main suspect.
Gus fled the big city to escape the shame, gossip and glares of his family, friends and colleagues after he tarnished his reputation. He ends up in a small, backwater rural town in Maine where no one will know him and he can start his life over. But someone is out to get him, and is framing him for the murders of his patients.
Wanda Flynn, the sexy town prostitute who is having an illicit affair with the married mayor, is demanding that he leave his wife for her. Her brother has just been released from jail after a ten-year sentence, and is back in town. It was Wanda’s testimony that was pivotal in sealing his conviction. Suddenly she is found dead, shot in the head in front of her apartment, shortly after she had unburdened her secrets, fears and desires to Gus Young. Because of patient-client confidentiality, Gus cannot reveal that she is his client, nor what she revealed to him, even if it will help to solve the murders, or clear his name as a suspect.
Then another patient, Ned, who is suffering from paranoia and is sure he knows the identity of Wanda’s killer, is found dead in his home after he had an altercation with Gus that left him bleeding on the floor. The police find bullets in both victims that match a rare gun, the Lee-Enfield No.4, which has mysteriously vanished from Gus’s basement. And they find Wanda’s turquoise necklace in his possession.
All the evidence point to Gus. He is the prime suspect in the murders, but in order to protect his clients’ confidentiality, even after they are dead, Gust doesn’t reveal information that can prove his —Over— innocence. Gus puts his own life in jeopardy in a desperate effort to clear his name and track down the real killer. When his estranged daughter comes to visit him, her life and the life of his trusted friend Sheila, are in jeopardy from the real killer who wants to do them harm. As a sinister plot unravels, Gus discovers a horrible secret about his past.
Tom Saric, who is a psychiatrist, packs his thriller with quirky characters: the cross-dresser, the married couple who don’t enjoy sex, the psychopath who is a petty criminal, the town sex-worker, and a love interest, the tall beautiful blonde who shares his love of country music and is the first woman to show an interest in him after his messy divorce.
DON’T LOOK IN is the first in a series featuring psychiatrist Gus Young who uses his acuity in understanding the human psyche to solve murders. Fans of the HBO series, In Treatment starring Gabriel Byrne, will relish the character of Gus Young as he solves murders using psychological, not forensic, evidence.
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Author: Tom Saric/DON’T LOOK IN
I love to read, but I am a terribly slow reader. I've met people who can plow through a book in a day, and read three to four books a week. The fastest I've ever read a book was forty eight hours, The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende. It was required reading for grade twelve english class and I'd left it to the last minute. So, how quickly can I read? I'm embarrassed to say that I average about a book a month.
I can't really tell you why I read so slowly, it just seems to be how I am. I've definitely slowed down as I've started writing. I can't seem to read a book without paying attention to how the author is telling the story, how they lay out the setting, and how they weave in the backstory. I almost enjoy noticing the craftsmanship more than simply enjoying the story!
I read a lot of mysteries and thrillers. I love how John Grisham can write backstory that is as immersive as the most exciting chase scenes. I love how Michael Connelly has created characters that are cooler than anyone I've met. I'm a big fan of twists. The best one I've read recently was The Silent Patient by Alex Micheledes. I'm not sure how any of those writers come up with their ideas or their writing process, but I enjoy seeing how they construct the book to keep the pages flipping.
My friend Brian Shea, a bestselling author also with Severn River Publishing, is an extremely productive writer who pointed me toward a book called 2,000 to 10,000 by Rachel Aaron. This short manual has really improved my efficiency in writing. The biggest change to my writing process was that at the start of any writing session I spend 5-10 minutes writing down what I am going to write. Details like 'Gus is going to walk into the hardware store and say 'Hi' to Denise, who he will thank for giving him cookies. He'll proceed down the aisles, until he reaches customer service where Sheila is standing....' After writing this out, I have a clear path of what needs to happen, and also gets me into the tempo and vibe of the scene. My words per hour easily doubled with that one change to my process.
I'm hoping that with this new process I will be able to complete the next two Gus Young thrillers in 2021. I am part way through book two, and I think that I will have it submitted to my publisher by March of 2021. I hope to have book three completed by fall of 2021. If all goes well, by the end of 2021 there will be three Gus Young books out there (with hopefully more to follow).
Meet the Author:
Tom Saric, a pseudonym, has been practicing psychiatry for ?? years. He has written several thrillers, including, Indicted, and Compromise. DON’T LOOK IN is the first in a series featuring psychiatrist Gus Young. Saric lives in Canada.
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