Monday, August 2, 2021

A Familiar Sight by Brianna Labuskes

To solve the darkest crimes, it takes a psychologist with a past just as dark…

A shocking murder carries echoes of the past for a psychologist in a startling novel of suspense by a Washington Post and Amazon Charts bestselling author.

Psychologist and criminologist Dr. Gretchen White is a specialist in antisocial personality disorders and violent crimes. She’s helped solve enough prominent cases for detective Patrick Shaughnessy that her own history is often overlooked: Gretchen is an admitted sociopath once suspected of killing her aunt. Shaughnessy still thinks Gretchen got away with murder. It’s not going to happen again.

When a high-profile new case lands on Shaughnessy’s desk, it seems open and shut. Remorseless teenager Viola Kent is accused of killing her mother. Amid stories of childhood horrors and Viola’s cruel manipulations, the bad seed has already been found guilty by a rapt public. But Gretchen might be seeing something in Viola no one else does: herself.

If Viola is a scapegoat, then who really did it? And what are they hiding? To find the truth, Gretchen must enter a void that is not only dark and cold-blooded, but also frighteningly familiar.


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A Familiar Sight by Brianna Labuskes

Book 1
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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Avid Reader☆☆☆☆
M/F Psychological Thriller
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Gretchen is no stranger to the closed off and non-empathetic. She thrives on it. But when she is faced with her friend's death, a case that intrigues her and a few detectives who, begrudgingly know she's worth it, Gretchen dives into a teenage mind as twisted as her own.

This is a case of who did it, who deserves what. and will there be justice? You'll be pulled into the lives of each character and see how they ended up where they are within the current story. The format of this book isn't my favorite. It jumps back and forth between the then and now. And while it does give great context, I just have a more difficult time with this format.

You'll want to see justice, but also see that nobody else can get hurt. Gretchen will struggle with her own impulses and need to tease out the truth from everyone who has something to gain by lying.

In this game of cat and mouse, the mouse ends up with the power and the cat is just along for the ride. I'm intrigued to see what comes next.



Author Bio

Born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, BRIANNA LABUSKES graduated from Penn State University with a degree in journalism. For the past eight years, she has worked as an editor at both small-town papers and national media organizations such as Politico and Kaiser Health News, covering politics and policy. Her historical romance novel, One Step Behind, was released by Entangled Publishing. She lives in Washington, DC, and enjoys traveling, hiking, kayaking, and exploring the city’s best brunch options.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of A Familiar Sight (Dr. Gretchen White #1) by Brianna Labuskes to read and review.

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