I’ve written a novel titled, ANIMUS, and while it’s not published yet, and at the moment is being evaluated by an agent — I got a positive review on ReadersFavorite.com, a book review site. Apparently when the book is published, I can use their 5-star seal when I promote the book.
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Rating: 5 Stars
“Reviewed by Stephanie D. for ReadersFavorite.com
Animus by Joseph Eastburn is subtitled, A Jungian Mystery. Eastburn explains: “It’s a mystery/thriller driven not by the conventions of the genre, but by the world of Jungian thought — or both.” But you don’t need to be a Jungian therapist, like Gar Moody who is the hero of this story, to be able to read or understand this book. The Jungian element simply adds another intriguing layer to a very exciting thriller that keeps you on your toes to the very end.
However, it is helpful to know that animus means not only ‘motive’ and ‘hatred,’ but also, in Jungian theory, ‘the masculine inner personality of a woman.’
The action begins when two of Moody’s patients are kidnapped and their hair washed. One is returned alive, confused and traumatized. But Deanna is murdered. Moody discovers another connection between them, other than his being their therapist. As he investigates further, things become darker and more dangerous.
I enjoyed this fast-paced novel, set in Los Angeles, and peopled by a cast of complex, interesting characters. These include Moody himself, his troubled patients, law enforcement officers, a Mythologist, a pathologist, a psychoanalyst, one or two cats, and above all, the mysterious Watcher, who perpetrates the crimes. And there is also Finn, Moody’s girlfriend who committed suicide, but whom he still sees and hears. It’s an exciting read, packed with emotion, but it’s also a somewhat complicated story. The Jungian mystery is a new genre that this author has invented. Thank goodness he has, because Animus is a very successful, innovative and satisfying book that challenges and entertains in equal measure.”
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