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The Mangled Spoon Joan Mauch Thriller/Horror Heat Rating: 3

Cello-playing psychiatrist Marcus Rukeyser has a problem: Miss Jane, his newest patient, is catatonic. Discovered foraging for food in a dumpster clutching a curiously damaged antique spoon, Rukeyser learns she’s connected to three dead or missing nuns from a prominent Chicago parish. With only two weeks until she’s committed to a state mental institution, authorities make it clear they’ll go to any lengths to prevent him from uncovering the ugly truth—including destroying his career, his home and potentially his life. Review: I was so into this storyline and then a few odd things started happening. First, the relationship between the main character and his wife. There is so much going on here that I just do not understand. I get being a woman I can be mad and then turn on a dime but there is usually an explanation, which I then explain to my husband (if he doesn’t already know). This however seemed really weird. Markus is dealing with a LOT of stress and his wife doesn’t support him in most of the book. And then she calls his patients names which totally threw me off. He’s a psychiatrist and they have a 15-year-old son. It’s not like he just started talking with patients. Instead of trying to talk to him she really pushes and pushes him and at a time when he is really trying to help a girl that is helpless. Nearly every part with her pissed me off. BUT! The beginning is really interesting. The characters even with questionable motives are also interesting. Maybe things could have been done differently but the way Joan Mauch wrote the book kept me on my toes and kept me wanting to read, even with all the questions in my mind. It was a lot to get over but I’m a curious person so I decided to stick with it. In short: Dramatic and sometimes just plain weird but all in all a really interesting read with a mystery that isn’t finished until the very end! | Reviewer: Christina Torretta | September/October 2014 | 141

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