A pool of blood is discovered by an old woman with a metal detector on a lonely stretch of beach in Texas. No body is found, and it appears the victim suffered exsanguination. A jogger, a newspaperman and a seasoned detective become the leading characters in this compelling story about an evil mind and its intent to impose control and incalculable suffering on its victims. More
A young woman jogging on a stretch of beach, a chance and brutal encounter with a gifted but evil stranger, and the plot begins, twisting and turning through strange realms of reality conjured by the tortured mind of a brilliant Machiavellian.
The story begins in a Texas town on a beautiful barrier island. An old woman with a metal detector finds a large pool of blood near the water’s edge, suggesting that a horrific murder took place. No body is found, and it appears as though the victim was exsanguinated before vanishing.
So begins a suspenseful mystery that unravels the deeds of a twisted mind, part evil, part genius, reveling in the torture and suffering of its victims. Not a story about good pitted against evil, The Freak exposes the transcendental notion that both forces exist concomitantly in every human mind.
Shakespeare wrote, “All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players; they have their exits and their entrances, and one man in his time plays many parts…”
And thus, Nicki Anderson and Tom Dawson become victims of their roles as they attempt to pursue the truth through rational means, only to discover that some truths must exist in that realm beyond, the supernatural, the frenzied imagination and the complex darkness of the unknown and unknowable.
The novel’s plot leads the reader through a convoluted series of events, pitting the rational against the unreal, and ushering to a conclusion that is as much a mystery as the story itself.
Through it all, hope, love and the resilience of the human spirit become the guiding force to those who do not fight against what they cannot comprehend, even when pitted against the ravages of an unhinged mind and a darkened soul.
It is only experience that is real, whether it evolves from the logical mind or from the depths of emotional turmoil. Experience provides a voice to the inner self. Sometimes it is only a whisper.
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