“Sometimes the ghosts from your past…are real.”
Author: Clarissa Johal
Genre: Paranormal Psychological Suspense
Release Date: May 19, 2015
Tour Host: DRC Promotions
Sometimes the ghosts from your past…are real.
Moira Flynn is arrested for attacking a door-to-door solicitor with a knife. She claims a voice told her the man was intent on assaulting her. The trouble is, she was the only one that heard that voice. Moira strikes a plea bargain and is sent to a psychiatric hospital for voluntary treatment. Dr. Richard Cassano is hesitant to treat her as schizophrenic, as she does not show the standard symptoms. As their sessions progress, Moira confesses there are two voices—and they aren’t voices in her head, but the voices of ghosts. Are they imaginary? Or are they actual spirits, attached to her for reasons of their own? As Moira’s doctor uncovers more of her past, he begins to realize that her ghosts are real. And one of them is determined to drag Moira into the afterlife with him.
HEARING VOICES GOOD OR BAD?
I received an ARC from the author CLARISSA JOHAL-in exchange for an honest opinion. This is Mismousey’s very honest opinion of her book VOICES.
Having never read anything that Clarissa Johal has written. I was unsure of what to expect. But- I can say this- from the very first page of the book. You are held hostage! Voices is a edge of your page /seat read. You have to know what is going to happen next.
Ms. Johal is an exceptional author with her writing. When she takes her pen to paper- she creates such a creative -mind blowing story. One that will make you think. Can or does this happen ?
As our story opens we find our main character Moira Flynn in a mental hospital. It was part of her plea deal with the judge. If she went there and seeked help for voluntary treatment. Then the charges would be dropped. So here she is. Now Moira and her 2 friends (voices that no one hears or sees) basically stay in her room. That is until a new kid comes by the name of Adam Blackwood. They seemed to have something in common. Except Adam could actually see her ghosts. And he knew that one of them is not good at all. Adam decides to hang out with Moira. The doctors are trying to medicate him -however her doctor doesn’t feel it would be in her best interest to.
As Moira starts talking to her therapist Dr. Cassano. He finds out more and more about her and her childhood. He also finds out about the voices she is hearing. Dr. Cassano is starting to think that she is not schizophrenic-but is actually hearing voices in her head. If that is possible. He has a friend that deals with superstitions and how to rid them.
As time goes on Richard (who is Dr. Cassano) finds out that the little girl Isabella was one of the children at the foster home where she lived. Some thing happened there and to her. Now -I’m not gonna tell you what or how Isabella leaves Moira alone for good. As that would be giving away a spoiler. Let’s just say YOU NEED TO READ THIS AMAZING BOOK!!
Now Adam get away from the hospital and gets Moira also. Together they escape to a new place. Although she is still being bothered by that one ghost Jack. He wants to make her his. He keeps taking her back to the last night he was alive. Poor Moira- she keeps thinking that its her fault that he died. When Adam is around – Jack isn’t. Although he is starting to get stronger .
When Adam and Moira are in the forest hiding out together. Some things start to happen. Richard is looking for her as she is in danger not from Adam but from Jack.
Will Adam be able to save Moira from Jack? What about Richard ? Can Richard save both Adam and Moira ? And what happens with the hospital?
This story has so many twist and turns in . It keeps you on your toes! You never know what to expect. From the very first page it captures your attention. And holds it till the very end. I can say this -it is a edge of the seat/edge of the page turner. I recommend this book to all readers- especially those that paranormal. Mismousey gives it a firm 70 out 5 stars.
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They got their food and sat at one of the dining room tables in the corner. Moira pretended not to notice a couple of raised eyebrows from the other patients.
“How long have you been able to see them?”
“For a while,” Moira replied vaguely.
Adam picked up his dinner roll and took a large bite. “My guess is longer than just ‘a while.’”
Moira’s attention was captured again by his green eye, so sharply contrasting his brown one. He was almost too intense to look at. Almost.
“How did you get the scratches?” His gaze settled on her cheek.
“One of the other patients started a fight,” she said, covering her cheek with her hand. “I guess she doesn’t like me.”
“What’s not to like? You seem okay to me.”
Oddly, his statement made her stomach do a flip-flop. “Thanks.”
“You know how some people are, quick to judge.” He dropped his fork and bent to retrieve it.
Moira pictured herself reaching over and brushing back the lock of dark hair that fell across his forehead. She glanced nervously over her shoulder. Jack and Isabella were strangely silent. Isabella was probably just trying to figure out what childish thing she could say, but Jack…she knew that Jack was sizing Adam up; he did it with every man she came into contact with. And she knew he wouldn’t appreciate her noticing how handsome Adam was either.
“I’m sure they upped her meds,” Adam said as he tossed the fork onto the table again. “This place sucks. It won’t do a damn thing but make you spill your guts, drive you crazy or turn you into a zombie. Last pills they sent me home with made me feel like my skull was being split with a meat cleaver.”
“So you stopped taking them?”
“How did you end up back here?”
“My brother called the cops. Lying asshole, I should be used to it by now,” Adam muttered. “I was staying with him until I got my shit together, but he walked in on me as I was flushing my pill down the toilet and freaked out.” A look of distress crossed his face. “Whatever, I’ll be out soon enough.” He finished his roll and started on an apple. “What did your doctor put you on? Who is your doctor anyways?”
“Um, he hasn’t put me on anything yet. I see Dr. Cassano.”
“Ahh, Dr. Cassano.” He raised an eyebrow. “I hear the nurses talking about him all the time.”
“He’s nice enough.”
“I see Dr. Leo. He’s an asshole.” He spit out the bite of his apple and without getting up, tossed the rest of it into the garbage, basketball style. “Have you spoken to your ghosts about leaving?”
“You want me to ask them for you?”
“Seriously?” She stayed an initial surge of hopefulness and reminded herself that Adam was in here because he was crazy. Not like her at all.
“I can try.”
He settled back and stared right at Isabella. That’s a fluke, she thought. He just picked an empty spot next to me.
“You need to go,” Adam said simply. “Moira doesn’t want you around her.” He waited a beat. “Wow, she’s hostel. Kids can be such brats. I’ll try your other one.”
He looked right at where Jack stood. The other empty spot next to me, she reminded herself.
“Leave. Your time is done, tall guy. You have no business being here anymore.”
She felt Jack’s presence crackle with anger.
“He’s even more hostel than she is,” Adam said. “Sucks for you.”
Moira felt her hopes deflate. Well, it’s not as if he can really see them, she thought. “Thanks anyways.”
He aimed his plastic cup towards the trash and tossed it. It missed and rolled towards the kitchen door. “Damn. No points for me.”
The cook leaned out the kitchen door and waved his ladle at them. “Stop tossing your garbage everywhere, you’re getting milk on the floor. Somebody’s got to mop that up.”
“I hate that a culinary genius like you has to do that,” Adam called back with a straight face.
“Smart ass,” the cook replied. “You lucky I don’t spit in your food.”
Adam held his hands up in mock surrender. “I know you say that with love, Nathan.” He picked up his tray. “See you around.”
Moira watched him swagger away. It suddenly dawned on her that she hadn’t mentioned Isabella was a child or said anything about Jack.
About The Author:
Clarissa Johal is the author of paranormal novels, THE ISLAND, VOICES, STRUCK, and BETWEEN. When she’s not listening to the ghosts in her head, she’s dancing, taking pictures of gargoyles, or swinging from a trapeze. She shares her life with her husband, two daughters, and every stray animal that darkens their doorstep.
*Member of the Horror Writers Association