This story starts out with the gruesome murder of a child, but the psychological elements of
the story save this book from being just morbid entertainment. It is a decidedly different
murder mystery with a twisted plot and lots of action.
Seven-year-old Naya Hastings, adopted from an orphanage in India by white parents, begins
having nightmares that have her sleepwalking and endangering herself. She is taken to a child
psychiatric ward for evaluation and put in the care of Peter Gram, a bright young doctor.
When Peter realizes that Naya has dreamed about the actual murder and dismemberment of a
child, and the details of this murder had not been released prior to her dreams, he suspects
that she may be communing with the spirit of the murdered child. The elements of Naya's dreams
may lead to the killer, if Dr. Gram can just interpret them correctly.
While this novel has some hard-boiled crime and police procedural elements, it demands that
you suspend belief and read with an open mind. The doctor's conviction that there is another
dimension is reflected in his certainty that his own soul is the reincarnated essence of a
child who was murdered at the moment of his own birth. Even though the murders were many years
apart, the similarities of the details point to a serial killer.
Grandhi's debut novel is a gripping psychological thriller that stretches its genre, with a
surprising but satisfying climax. It really gave me some things to think about.