Beach Murder Mysteries
EVIL NEVER WINS
PSYCHIC STAYS A STEP AHEAD IN
DEADLY BATTLE TO OUTWIT
Sarah Tazewell, a cerebral, highly intuitive woman, knew from an early age that she was psychic. When she and her husband David buy a confessional booth from The Governor’s Antiques in Mechanicsville, VA and convert it into a phone booth for their Queen Anne Victorian, Sarah senses a presence in the confessional. Later, the voices become only one voice: that of a murderer that rapes and strangles his victims. Though consumed with fear and anxiety, Sarah refuses to be a victim and sets out on a journey to learn more about the confessional. Sarah’s antagonist is a brilliant, charismatic sexual psychopath who conforms to a ritual of murder and confession. The confessional in the 100-year-old church where he confessed was an integral part of the ritual. When he comes to confess after another murder, he finds “his” confessional gone and begins a frantic search to find it.
- Series: Beach Murder Mysteries
- Paperback: 200 pages
- Publisher: Koehler Books (June 1, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1940192730
- ISBN-13: 978-1940192734
Reiny Pierson has her PH.D. in Educational Leadership/English Education from Old Dominion University in Virginia. She is an award winning educator who taught 12th Grade Honors English at First Colonial High School in Virginia Beach and was an adjunct associate professor at Old Dominion University. She is the recipient of Numerous awards including the Virginia Technology Teacher of the Year award from IBM and Technology & Learning Magazine. She lives in Virginia Beach, VA and is working on a new historical novel about the Norwegian Resistance Movement during World War II, called Night and Fog, and a second psychological thriller, called These Hands.
Sarah and her husband David live in a Queen Anne Victorian home. A church confessional was for sale by a renovator, so Sarah and David decide to buy it and make it into a phone booth. Sarah has always known that she could sense things that others couldn't. As Sarah uses the phone in the confessional for the first time, she has the feeling that someone is near. Soon the only voice she hears coming from the confessional is that of a murderer. Sarah is soon consumed by fear but starts investigating the confessional.
The confessional was part of the murderer's confession and ritual he went through. The confessional had been in a 100 year old church. One day as Sarah is leaving the phone booth she sees initials that have been carved in the confessional. The murderer's confessions in this particular confessional set him free to go and murder again. After one of his murdering rituals, he returned to confess, but the confessional was gone.
The story was well written with the book starting out with a touch of mystery. Why would anyone buy a confessional to use as a phone booth? I found that a little eerie, but unique. I wasn't sure if it was done for religious purposes or aesthetic purposes. Then when Sarah sensed the presence of someone in the confessional, confessing sins of rape and murder, I found it interesting that they didn't get rid of it right away. She was psychic, so she knew this wasn't right. I thought that the confessional had an evil aura about it. I didn't quite know if the murderer was like a ghost of the past and since it was evil, it kept killing or was it just the knowing of what had been going on for years in the confessional.? I felt the interest and mystery right from the first time Sarah heard the voices. The author had my total interest when the initials were discovered. Who put them there? The murderer of course, but when and where did he carve his initials? I felt this was a clue that the author put in so that the murderer could be discovered and his sins laid to rest finally.
I think the author put in the disappearance of the confessional so that the murderer would not be able to carry forth his ritual as he did every time he murdered. His confessional was gone.. I took the murderer as being the same as sin so each ritual was not a cleansing but a sinful freedom to do it again. The book was mysterious, well written and interesting. I stopped several times to try to figure out just what the confessional stood for and what the murderer stood for. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes mysteries.
I was given a complimentary copy of THE CONFESSIONAL by Reiny Pierson and Smith Publicity for my view of the book. No other compensation n took place.
I would give this book 4 STARS.