Donna Thompson © ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
Author Donna J. Thompson
Reviews for Donna J's books
Lost Causes: Silent Scream
reviewed by Cianna Reider for Rebecca's Reads
Mental facilities are something that I think really sparks our interest as a culture. I can't count the abandoned asylum photos I've seen which incorporate this sinister place. Obviously, we know not all mental health facilities are houses of terror, but there's always that one out there. Thompson has found that one in this novel.
This book grabbed me. I did have to slug into the first chapter or so, get my feet wet, but as soon as the action started happening, I was hooked, and this really only took a few chapters.
"Lost Causes" has secrets, cover ups and deaths. It's quite a story. Casey West, the main character, decides to try and figure out what's lurking below the surface at Lakeview. Casey decides to look into this and it really throws her world for a curve-ball. Her friend dies, she's not sure who she can trust, and she really needs to try to save the people she cares about.
There's the family friend who helped her get the job, and his involvement with what 's going on, there's the fact that she discovered two of her relatives in this place, plus there's a detective that might believe Casey's story. Murders, liars, and all around creeps in this book, but they make for a very compelling story.
"Lost Causes" by Donna J. Thompson has just the right level of fiction to go with the elements that might be a bit closer to nonfiction. I thought technically this book was well written, it's got solid organization from beginning to the end, and I didn't fall into any giant plot holes that left me confused. I got into the book pretty easily, and once I was interested, I read this book quickly. I liked how the secrets developed. It took time, it wasn't rushed and I think it really delivered better that way.
Lost Causes Silent Scream
Five Stars *****
The premise of this novel attracted me immediately when it came across my review pile. A murder in a psychiatric hospital? A conspiracy in which someone places their own life on the line to work with the police? It sounded like a winner...and it was.
The story-line immediately begins to pickup within the first few chapters of the book, and it does not let up. In fact, I found this novels to be so unpredictable and fast paced that I literally finished it in one day as I found myself unable to put it down. Would the police uncover the real murderer of Trudy Madison? How far did the hospital conspiracy reach? Was there anyone the heroine Casey West could trust? Thankfully, all of these questions (and) more were answered over the course of the novel in a way that more than left the reader satisfied.
There is little doubt in my mind that the author spent considerable time on this novel as not only were the characters well developed, each with their own flaws, their own agendas and quirks, but the descriptions of the hospital were also obviously well planned. I felt like I was there as I read this novel-that I had been transported to Lakeview and was watching events as they unfolded. I felt Casey's pain, her anger, and yes, even her fear and confusion. All of the emotions one would expect to feel when confronted with the types of situations depicted in the novel.
Over all, Lost Causes Silent Scream is a fantastic blend of murder, conspiracy and intense story-telling that I would definitely recommend!