THE OEDIPUS MURDERS by Casey Dorman
Publisher: Black Rose Writing
Released: September 5, 2019
Genre: Psychological Fiction, Murder Mystery
When a woman is murdered, her wealthy husband and his troubled psychiatrist both become suspects. The dreams of the husband and the neurotic obsessions of the psychiatrist criss-cross in a plot that has both the police and the psychiatrist wondering who is the real killer.
She saw a van she thought she’d parked next to in the morning. Probably her car was behind it. Behind her she heard footsteps, hurrying across the floor. She froze, then stole a glance over her shoulder. She thought she saw someone moving behind a car off to her left, but no one emerged from the other side of the car. She quickened her pace, her anxiety beginning to turn to panic. Then the sound was there again, this time as if someone were running. She stopped and stared, but could see nothing. She thought about screaming, hoping someone would hear her.
When you have a gut feeling that something just isn’t right about someone, what do you do? Do you distance yourself and shake the feeling off? Do you look for logical explanations for why someone may act strange? If it is a loved one, chances are that you discard the feeling and chalk it up to a bad day or an illness? But what if it was your boss, a friend or a complete stranger? Bottom line is that you just don’t know what someone is capable of, even if you think that you know them better than anyone else…they could have a very dangerous secret just under the surface. Dorman engages readers in this story that has been spun around older concepts of psychological study and the fickle semblance of this thing called trust.
In this story, Regina Bonaventure is the wife of a wealthy man and the daughter of an even wealthier man. When she disappears from a bar one night, everyone is on high alert. As the days go by, the police know that the chances of finding Regina alive are slim, even though the pressure is high and the reward to find Regina’s whereabouts is even higher. Lucas Bonaventure, Regina’s husband, becomes suspect number one. Lucas has this demeanor that screams psychopath, but no one seems to be able to touch him. There is no evidence of his killing his wife, except the fact that he has started seeing a psychiatrist. The police become suspicious after the psychiatrist becomes professionally and somewhat romantically involved with their own hired specialist, Susan Lin. Not only do they have eyes on Lucas, but now some new evidence has started to showcase the psychiatrist as a man of interest once Regina’s body is found. How will the police ever find the real killer when every turn leads them do another mystery and both men have something to hide?
According to lore, Oedipus was a very disturbed Greek king of Thebes. There isn’t much within Greek Mythology that isn’t disturbing if you think about it, but you can definitely give the creators an A+ for creativity. Oedipus was said to have fulfilled a prophecy, albeit accidentally, where he killed his father and married his mother. His tale symbolizes the flawed nature of humanity and the role one plays in his or her own destiny within the world. Through this tale comes the terminology of the Oedipus Complex which is explored in this story. Dorman’s way of introducing these concepts may come across as bizarre or frightful, but it is useful in understanding the patterns for why specific characters are crippled or limited with their physical, psychological, and neurological control. The mind is a powerful tool and can be very dangerous. While the concepts and plot are very strong, Dorman does keep aspects of character development shrouded or hidden until certain peaks within the story. It is understandable, but at the same time, this may or may not cause confusion once the transference scenes appear. One thing is certain…the reader may always think they know who the killer is, but there will always be an inkling of doubt in the back of their mind that they could very well be wrong. The story is well-written with little to no grammatical or spelling errors present and the originality of the story is unparalleled. If you are a reader of psychological thrillers, this may be perfect for you.
An electronic copy of this book was provided to Turning Another Page by Reedsy Discovery and in no way affects the honesty of this review. We provide a five-star rating to The Oedipus Murders by Casey Dorman.
Casey Dorman has a Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Washington. He had a long career as a neuropsychologist, university professor and dean, and in running clinical and training programs in the public sector. During his academic career, he published approximately two-dozen research papers in academic journals, and co-authored, Cognitive Effects of Early Brain Injury, a volume in the Johns Hopkins Series on Psychiatry and Neuroscience.
In addition to his academic career, Casey has written ten novels, a collection of poetry and short stories, and a book on philosophy. He was also the editor, for seven years, of Lost Coast Review, an online and print literary magazine, which continues as an online magazine to this day. He recently published an article in Civil American, the official journal of the Society of Philosophers in America, of which he is a member.
Casey’s novels include Pink Carnation (Publish America, 2003), I, Carlos (Seven Locks Press, 2004), Murder in Nirvana (Black Rose Writing, 2015), Finding Martin Bloom (Avignon Press, 2016), 2020 (Avignon Press, 2017), and the soon to be published The Oedipus Murders (Black Rose Writing, 2109), as well a several others. He is currently working on a science fiction novel, Ezekiel’s Brain, which will be published by NewLink Publishing in late 2020.
Casey lives in Newport Beach, California with his wife, Lai, and has two children, Andrea and Eric, and five grandchildren.
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