Paperback & ebook, 143 Pages
April 6, 2021 by Burns and Lea Books
Hardcover, Paperback & ebook, 300 Pages
February 4, 2019 by Burns and Lea Books
Life for Patient 29 is full of medicated day dreams of a life outside the walls of Soothing Hills Asylum. But fantasies are not all that consume her. A monster roams the halls of the sanitarium she reluctantly calls home and three girls have been found dead. The dead girls share one common thread . . . each was 29’s cell mate. As the investigation gets under way, she retreats into her mind, listening to the voices that call to her. She is endowed with the cursed gift of perception. Through it, she hears messages carried upon the notes of music, discerns words hidden among the strokes of paintings, and minds pleadings for help from the corn field outside.
“This man is an employee of Soothing Hills Asylum. I insist on seeing him.” Grayjoy’s voice wafts down the hallway and I stand, gripping the bars of the cell.
“And I says, Dr. Grayjoy, that he is our prisoner and is awaiting trial.”
“Talk to my barrister. Langley—please instruct the chief inspector as to your client’s rights.”
Grayjoy swiftly moves past the other inmates, arriving in a moment.
“Thank Providence, Jonathon. Trumped up charges, the lot of them.”
“Yes, I know. This will be difficult—I cannot say if Gentile will speak on your behalf.”
Heat suffuses my face. “What? It’s no matter. Listen to me. The asylum board—they have Jane slated for ablation next week.”
Jonathon’s face alters to the color of spoiled milk. “They are trying to pin the killing of the latest victim from Ward Thirteen on Jane. But I saw the document. She was scheduled for the ablation weeks prior to the girl’s disappearance. They are trying to cover up something—and Jane is their bloody scapegoat.”
I grip the bar tighter, chest heaving. I fight the blackness that threatens.
Jonathon’s hand ruffles his hair, over and over, till it resembles a black headdress.
About the Author
Born and raised in western Pennsylvania, Brynn Chapman is the daughter of two teachers. Her writing reflects her passions: science, history and love—not necessarily in that order. In real life, the geek gene runs strong in her family, as does the Asperger’s syndrome. Her writing reflects her experience as a pediatric therapist and her interactions with society’s downtrodden. In fiction, she’s a strong believer in underdogs and happily-ever-afters. She also writes non-fiction and lectures on the subjects of autism and sensory integration and is a medical contributor to online journal The Age of Autism.
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