Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Review & #Giveaway: Voices by Clarissa Johal

Welcome to the Review Tour for VOICES by Clarissa Johal

"Sometimes the ghosts from your past…
are real."

Book Details:

Genre: Paranormal Psychological Suspense
Author: Clarissa Johal
Editor: Bobbie Metevier
Published by Permuted Press May 19, 2015
ISBN: 9781618685698
Pages: 264


Sometimes the ghosts from your past…are real.    
Moira Flynn is arrested for attacking a door-to-door solicitor with a knife. She claims a voice told her the man was intent on assaulting her. The trouble is, she was the only one that heard that voice. Moira strikes a plea bargain and is sent to a psychiatric hospital for voluntary treatment. Dr. Richard Cassano is hesitant to treat her as schizophrenic, as she does not show the standard symptoms. As their sessions progress, Moira confesses there are two voices—and they aren’t voices in her head, but the voices of ghosts. Are they imaginary? Or are they actual spirits, attached to her for reasons of their own? As Moira’s doctor uncovers more of her past, he begins to realize that her ghosts are real. And one of them is determined to drag Moira into the afterlife with him.

Saph's Review:

Being haunted by two separate ghosts, Moira finds herself committed to a local mental health facility when of them decides to force her into violence.  While there, the reader gets a fully developed explanation of who Moira is, who is attached to her, and why they are there.  Moira's upbringing is less than ideal; until she and her brother were placed in the last foster home, there were problems aplenty.  There is so much pain and tragedy and the author does an exceptional job of making them so realistic in the novel.  

The whole structure of Voices is so different and unique from anything else I've read.  I was pulled in from the very beginning from Clarissa's vivid imagery, great writing, and suspense.  The character development and world building is executed nicely - not too fast, not too slow and with only the information that the reader truly needs to know.

Moira is a strong character - anyone else in her position may have cracked long ago, not endured as she has.  The spirits that plague her have also isolated her.  Moira keeps most people at arm's length because getting too close causes issues with some jealous dead people.  

Moira's doctor, Richard Cassano, isn't the traditional type that pushes meds on all of this patients because it's easier than actually treating them.  There aren't any signs of schizophrenia other than her admittance of hearing a voice or two.   Richard must also confront his own demons, so-to-speak, when he realizes that Moira isn't just hearing voices; she's hearing the voices of real ghosts who happen to be attached to her.  With his belief system tested, Richard must now dive deep into her past and figure out who is attached to Moira and why.

Adam Blackwood is a regular at the facility.  He also sees and hears ghosts but his brother keeps having him committed against his will.  Adam sees the entities attached to Moira and, after a time, begins instructing her on how to keep the spirits at bay.   He's snarky and smart-mouthed; his coping mechanism for the hand he was dealt.

The connections that are built between Moira & Adam and Moira & Dr. Cassano will keep the reader guessing as to whom will be the knight in shining armor - if there even is one.  With the malevolent entity attempting to control Moira, there may not be anything anyone can to do save her - especially when the evil grows out of control.

An excellent book, Voices will keep the reader up at night or from being productive at anything until the very last page is read.  I highly recommend Voices to anyone who loves the paranormal combined with psychological ties, and rounded off nicely with suspense.  You won't be disappointed!

Review copy courtesy of the author, at no cost, in exchange for an honest review.

Saph's Rating:

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About the Author:

Clarissa Johal has worked as a veterinary assistant, zoo-keeper aide and vegetarian chef. Writing has always been her passion. When she’s not listening to the ghosts in her head, she’s dancing or taking photographs of gargoyles. She shares her life with her husband, two daughters and every stray animal that darkens the doorstep. One day, she expects that a wayward troll will wander into her yard, but that hasn’t happened yet.

*Member of the Author's Guild
*Member of the Horror Writers Association

(May 2015) Permuted Press

(January 2014) Musa Publishing 
(March 2015) Clarissa Johal
*Second place in the Preditors and Editors Readers Poll 2014
*Winner of the Indie Book of the Day Award

(December 2012) Musa Publishing 
(March 2015) Clarissa Johal
*Second place in the Preditors and Editors Readers Poll 2012

(2010) Clarissa Johal
*Second round finalist in Amazon's Breakthrough Novel Award Contest 2012

Short stories: 

Susurrus Literary Journal


The Sacramento Bee Newspaper 

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Clarissa Johal said...

Thank you for taking the time to read/review VOICES :)

Sapphyria said...

You are very welcome! I loved VOICES!!! It's one of the best books I've read.