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The Halo Effect (Butterfield Institute, Bk 1)
The Halo Effect - Butterfield Institute, Bk 1 Author:M. J. Rose At the Butterfield Institute Dr. Morgan Snow, one of New York's top sex therapists, sees everything from the abused to the depraved, from couples grappling with sexual boredom to twisted sociopaths with dark, erotic fetishes. — Cleo Thane is one of those special patients Morgan connects with immediately. A high-priced prostitute, Cleo is desp... more »erate to reconcile her successful professional life with her neglected personal one. When she asks Morgan to read her unpublished tell-all book about her exclusive clientele, Morgan realizes that what she has in her hands could be explosive.
Then Cleo Disappears
Detective Noah Jordan is trying to stay one step ahead of a serial killer who has been targeting prostitutes, killing them with ritualistic precision. When a missing person's report is filed on Cleo Thane, Noah wonders if she, too, has fallen prey to the psycho's wrath. He approaches Dr. Morgan Snow for insight, but Morgan refuses to breach patient confidentiality. Instead, she begins her own investigation into Cleo's disappearance and is shocked by how much the intimate sexual details of another woman's life affect her own. Too late she realizes she's ventured into dangerous -- even deadly -- territory.« less
I am conflicted on just how to rate this book. I liked the story just fine, it was engaging and interesting. I liked the main characters, I wanted to know more about them and thought they were constructed really well. But the way the author kept switching from the Dr.'s first person perspective and jumping to some other person every few chapters, and usually waited at least a few paragraphs to tell you who we had switched to, and then jumping right back to Dr Snow with no warning; well it was irritating. I found myself having to spend half my time trying to figure out who was telling me the story at this moment rather than enjoying the story. Then it all reached a heavily predictable conclusion that made Dr Snow seem like an absolute imbecile for not figuring it out. Making your intelligent main character look stupid is a very bad idea. Confusing your readers with who is telling the story is also a very bad idea. Ultimately I just couldn't get into it and just wanted it to be over. As I write this I realize, I don't want to give this the 3 stars I had originally intended because I didn't like it so that was being too generous.
*This review is also posted on my Goodreads account, not copying from someone else.