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The Chameleon's Shadow
The Chameleon's Shadow
Author: Minette Walters
When Lieutenant Charles Acland is flown home from Iraq with serious head injuries, he faces not only permanent disfigurement but also an apparent change to his previously outgoing personality. Crippled by migraines, and suspicious of his psychiatrist, he begins to display sporadic bouts of aggression, particularly against women, especially his e...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780230015661
ISBN-10: 0230015662
Pages: 400
Edition: 1st ed/1st printing
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Publisher: MacMillan
Book Type: Hardcover
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When British lieutenant Charles Acland returns home from Iraq, his serious head injuries are the outward manifestation of a profound inner change: he may be suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, or it may be, as his psychiatrist suggests, "the prolonged destruction of a personality."

Though previously well adjusted and known as an extrovert, Acland now withdraws into himself. As he begins his recovery in a dismal provincial hospital, crippled by migraines and suspicious of his doctors, he grows uncharacteristically aggressive--particularly against women, and most particularly against his ex-fiancée. Finally, rejecting medical advice to undergo cosmetic surgery--opting, instead, to accept his disfigurement--and cutting all ties to his former life, he moves to London. There, alone and unmonitored, he sinks into a quagmire of guilt and paranoia--until an outburst of irrational, vicious anger brings him to the attention of the local police: they are investigating three recent murders, all of them apparently motivated by the kind of extreme rage that Acland has exhibited.

Now under suspicion, Acland is forced to confront the issues behind his desperate existence before it's too late: Has he always been the duplicitous chameleon that his ex-fiancée accuses him of being? Can he control this newly apparent sinister side of his personality? And why, if he truly hates women, does he in the end seek help from a woman--someone as straightforward and self-disciplined as he is unsure and seemingly out of control--to repair the damage to his mind?

In its timeliness, its psychological complexity, and its unstoppable suspense, The Chameleon's Shadow is a thriller of the first order.

My Review
Minette Walters is one of the best psychological criminal writers and this book is a great example of that genre. She has a way of getting into the heads of very disturbing people and is able to show us their capabilities. Acland is a very complex and fascinating character study and Walters has us riveted to this dark story from start to finish. I look forward to reading another of her books and I highly recommend this book to those who enjoy psychological mysteries.
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