This first-in-series, character driven psychological thriller pits integrity against DNA, women's intuition against evidence, testing both a woman therapist protagonist and her divorced client, and culminating in consequences both cataclysmic and bittersweet. Read more
"A thoughtful, balanced novel, and a great mix of courtroom drama and psychological thrills." - Kirkus Review; "In her debut novel, Kraus, a therapist and mediator, brings acute psychological observation to her storytelling." - Kirkus Review; "... provides multilayered characters, with realistic contradictions and back stories." - Kirkus Review; "She does a great job of explaining the plot's many technical and forensic details." - Kirkus Review; "A therapist becomes the target of a carefully calculated setup in Kraus's debut thriller." - Kirkus Review;
When a custody case turns from issues of parental rights into a battle for the soul of a child, mediator and therapist Grace McDonald finds her skills and intuition tested and her heart almost broken when the unimaginable unfolds. Read more
"A fast-paced, involving family drama that tackles a headline-grabbing religious sect." - Kirkus Review; "Kraus displays a tremendous talent for making even the most unsympathetic characters three-dimensional." - Kirkus Review; Grace is a "compelling fictional creation: a woman who patiently and skillfully explores the tense pressures beneath the surface of the Phelps-Flores case..." - Kirkus Review; Grace also explores "the subtleties of her own relationship with her adult daughter." - Kirkus Review; The author "weaves a great deal of background information into the story." - Kirkus Review;
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What is it that I most miss about Germany? ... the bads, the thermes, the hot mineral springs, the saunas. The infusions. Picture about 35 naked men and women, all shapes and sizes, from their 30s to their 80s. Everyone is very circumspect, every tushie neatly settled on its own individual towel.
The bull was about eight feet away, not quite close enough to touch but definitely close enough to smell, to hear the panting exhale of his bull-breath, to have a second, make that 1-2-3 seconds of eye contact. He was black and big, over five feet at the shoulder. His horns extended out to the tips capped with something gold--I assume so he could not rip open a belly with one toss, yet maul whatever humans were in his path. There was a rope around his neck, the other end held two blocks down the village road by six men in flowing white shirts and black hats... as if six men could ever stop a charging bull.
Exquisite sand beaches, swaying palm trees, turquoise seas, impossibly blue skies, darting fish and pulsating coral reefs. After spending three weeks in Fiji, I found that all these stereotypes were, amazingly, true. But don't go all that way just for scenery. If what you crave is a pool with a swim-up bar and a beach with palm trees, there are picture-perfect places a lot closer. But if you have a sense of adventure and want to experience a culture totally different from home, Fiji is definitely worth the trip. It was the people of Fiji, not the beaches, who made my visit so memorable.