James Gault reviews The Haunting of the Harlequin Goat by Richard Savin
A refreshingly fun book! If you like mysteries, here’s a book you won’t be able to put down until you get to the end. Author Richard Savin has woven a complex and intriguing plot that will keep the cogs of your brain whizzing round at full speed as you try to unravel all the possibilities and work out exactly what is going on.
Dr Lydia Kroll, a New York psychiatric counsellor, takes on a new patient. His symptoms – a recurrent dream of meeting a scarecrow, a young girl and a goat wearing a blanket with a multi-coloured diamond design. Is it just a dream? Is it a hallucination? As she starts to unravel the case, she herself is subjected to visitations from the mysterious trio. Are the symptoms due to some repressed trauma in her patient’s past life? But why then is she too having the visions? Are we concerned here with the supernatural, or is there a logical explanation?
As the story progresses, the reader is thrown new clues, red herrings and possible explanations faster than the mind can handle. Are we dealing with reality or fantasy? Have dastardly deeds been done? Are deep hidden secrets being concealed? Keep going, because all will not be resolved until the final page.
This book is pure entertainment; don’t look for deep messages, for illuminating character insights or for scintillating poetic language. The book is written in a professional, no-nonsense reportage style and races along as our psychiatrist/journalist/detective heroine uncovers fact after fact in this masterpiece of the literary puzzle.
Read and enjoy!