A Circle of Souls - Preetham Grandhi A first-reads win. Three and a half stars

A Circle of Souls is best described as a supernatural thriller. It is a pretty good psychological suspense novel dealing with the murder of a child by a ritual killer. At the same time, a young girl is admitted to a children psychiatric center and may have the knowledge from her dreams to solve this crime.The strength of this novel lies in the interaction between child and her psychiatrist. The author, Preetham Grandhi, is a psychiatrist specializing in children and adolescent behavior and his knowledge of this is what makes this story come alive. Having worked in psychiatric facilities, I can attest to the authenticity of these scenes. However, once away from that setting Grandhi is not on solid ground. His action scenes are awkward and the secondary characters such as the polices and detectives seem one dimensional. Yet he has an imaginative story and when the hospital scenes are on center stage, the book sizzles. I also like the addition of Indian mythology and metaphysics within the storyline. Overall, it is a solid debut novel and an entertaining supernatural suspense tale.