One of Us - A Psychological Thriller with Giveaway

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One of Us 
  Written by Tawni O'Dell
  Hardcover, 304 Pages
  August 2014, $25

Dr. Sheridan Doyle—a fastidiously groomed and TV-friendly forensic psychologist—is the go-to shrink for the Philadelphia District Attorney’s office whenever a twisted killer’s mind eludes other experts.

But beneath his Armani pinstripes, he’s still Danny Doyle, the awkward, terrified, bullied boy from a blue-collar mining family, plagued by panic attacks and haunted by the tragic death of his little sister and mental unraveling of his mother years ago.

Returning to a hometown grappling with its own ghosts, Danny finds a dead body at the infamous Lost Creek gallows where a band of rebellious Irish miners was once executed. Strangely, the body is connected to the wealthy family responsible for the miners' deaths.

Teaming up with veteran detective Rafe, a father-like figure from his youth, Danny—in pursuit of a killer—comes dangerously close to startling truths about his family, his past, and himself.

Tawni O’Dell is the New York Times bestselling author of four novels, including Back Roads, which was an Oprah’s Book Club pick and a Book-of-the-Month Club Main Selection. She is also a contributor to several anthologies, including Becoming Myself: Reflections on Growing Up Female. Her works have been published in more than forty countries. Find her online at

My Thoughts
This was an interesting read about mental illness, families, traditions and superstitions.  As with her other books, the location is set in the coal mining region of Pennsylvania.  Danny did not have a good childhood.  Abused by his father and losing his mother after she killed his baby sister, things weren't so good for him.  Even though, he grew up and became a famous author and forensic psychologist.

When he goes back to his hometown to check on his 96 year old grandfather, things start happening.  People are dying and it may have to do with his own family!  A lot of secrets are finally revealed, but some things can't be changed...  I Rated This Book:  4/5 Stars ****

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