Author: Alan Russell
Performed by MacLeod Andrews
Released: December 2012 by Brilliance Audio
An intriguing concept for a murder story. Helen Troy has a multiple personality disorder and her ‘other selves’ originate in classical greek mythology.
The story begins with the murder of Bonnie Gill, the owner of the gallery where Helen exhibits her sculptures. Orson Cheever, the homicide detective leading the investigation who, against his better judgement, finds himself wanting to help the disturbed and vulnerable young woman after he witnesses her crying tears of blood.
The intricacies of multiple personality disorder are handled with thoughtful consideration and, along with the references to greek mythology, have been well researched.
Helen is a probable suspect in Bonnie’s murder and the case evolves into Something Cheever has never witnessed, or had to deal with, before. Cheever and Rachel, Helen’s psychologist become close and unite in trying to help Helen. As Helen’s past is revealed slowly bit by bit Cheever can’t help but be moved and angered by the sad and shocking truth.
The descriptions of Helen’s psychotic episodes are very well written. Suspenseful, complex and captivating it’s also a story of love, loss and suffering told with flashes of humour and a lot of emotional turmoil.
MacLeod Andrews alternates brilliantly between the gravely voiced Cheever, Holly and the varied voices of her personalities, not to mention an array of other characters.
This is a gripping psychological murder/thriller, full of suspense which doesn’t let up.
I couldn't help but feel for Holly. It's a very deep and involved story and also unique, at least I haven't read or listened to anything quite like it.