Psycho-analyst Lara lives in a near-future resource- poor Seattle where she tries to restrict her use of psychic abilities to the minimum. But sometimes she’s pushed too hard to keep her powers down. Sometimes her skills reveal too much… And sometimes there’s more to life and dreams than the everyday world can imagine. When Lara is attacked, a patient’s life is in danger, and shared dreams bind people together, it’s time to understand all those Jungian symbols and work out what “the collective” is trying to say. Lara’s lover may not understand her skills, but he understands danger and the changing world; he knows how to keep the people he loves safe; and he loves Lara. But is he ready to help her find a psychic? Backstory of a world without oil, spiraling dangerously out of control is well-timed, all too plausible, and naturally told in this scary paranormal suspense. The romance between Lara and Trevor is sweet, and their backstories come together too as more of the past is revealed. Add a mysterious house, the Mexican mafia, a wise cop, and ancient evil eager to see the extinction of life as we know it, and you’ll see this novel’s full of excitement and surprises. The author’s familiarity with psychology is reflected nicely in Lara’s dealings with her patients. Occasionally heavy, but always fascinating, the analysis adds depth and history to Lara and Trevor’s relationship. Meanwhile an energetic puppy and sensuous lovemaking add fun and a future. Local foods and beers add authenticity, and the whole is a nicely intriguing tale of Gaia, human folly, mythology, and hope.
Disclosure: I was lucky enough to win an ecopy of this novel after reading a lot about the series.
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