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Truth Catcher: A Novel [Kindle Edition]

Anna Salter
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“Fascinating. . . .Handles this touchy material with integrity, tugging on our hearts even as she ties our nerves in knots. Salter writes with a chilling authority.” —Marilyn Stasio, New York Times Book Review

Forensic psychologist Breeze Copens has a gift. She not only hears the truth, she also sees it, through the rare psychological condition synethesia. So she knows when Daryl Collins—a born-again but remorseless con jailed in Seattle for armed robbery—is lying. What she doesn't know is the identity of a little girl in a blue dress with yellow daisies who appears suddenly in her line of vision during her interview with Daryl. And Daryl isn't telling.

A heart-stopping thriller, its twists unexpected, its suspense mounting as the steely Breeze attempts to make hard evidence of her intuition, Truth Catcher sets the lovely, red-haired forensic expert on an increasingly treacherous course. Matching wits with devious and deviant criminal minds, Breeze tracks her quarry fearlessly, only to discover, chillingly, in Edgar nominee Anna Salter’s compelling fifth novel, that she’s the prey.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1781 KB
  • Print Length: 281 pages
  • Publisher: Pegasus; Reprint edition (1 Oct 2006)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001OW6NZY
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but not as good as her non-fiction 24 Aug 2008
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Having read Anna Salter's non-fiction work, `Predators', and knowing about her background as a forensic psychologist I was really excited about reading `Truth Catcher.' In the novel Dr Breeze Copens is sent to assess Daryl Collins, a violent criminal who has also committed a horrific sexual offence. Breeze has the rare condition synaesthesia, a mingling of the senses which means she can see voices in vivid colours. So, when she thinks she sees a little girl from the corner of her eye during the assessment she wonders if a vision has come about because of the synaesthesia. However, the reaction of Collins when she mentions a little girl makes her think she may have made an important discovery that is worthy of investigation.

The wonderful thing about this book is that it has an air of complete authenticity to it, not surprising as Salter herself is a forensic psychologist who interviews sexual offenders. The plot is interesting and incorporates a second storyline which involves Breeze looking after the teenage daughter of a childhood friend. The only issues I had with the book were firstly, that it seemed to lose pace in the middle and secondly, that the ending seemed a bit abrupt. It also comes across quite clearly that Salter experiences quite a lot of frustration with the red tape surrounding her job and seems to work this frustration out in her writing!

This was an enjoyable read, but I think it's in her non-fiction writing that Salter really shines.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting... 2 April 2007
By Lisa Hopcroft - Published on
Is what I'd have to say about this novel. I've read other Anna Salter books and liked them all, including this one.

Truth Catcher introduces us to forensic psychologist Breeze Copens who steps into a bit of trouble while interviewing prisoner Daryl Collins. During the interview she knows he's lying, she can "see" it in his voice. He's not born again into the Lord, no big surprise there. What is a surprise is the four-year-old girl in a blue dress with yellow daisies that appears at the corner of her eye. The response Breeze gets when she mentions the child to Daryl starts off a chain of events that she's not prepared for.

Added to that is Lily, the teenage daughter of an old friend. After trying to help her friend out of a bad situation she ends up having Lily to look out for, at the worst possible time. Lily is complicated in her own right, not to mention having Daryl and his murderous drug dealing brother Trash gunning for her.

Having read Salter's other books, also with a main character that's a forensic psychologist, I thought I knew what to expect. But Breeze is a very different character from Michael Stone, softer some how. Breeze is a synesthete. She doesn't just hear sounds she sees colors and designs that add layers to her perceptions. She sees when people are lying by the changes in those colors and designs when they are talking. She gave up working with victims because their pain affected her so deeply. Since she feels little sympathy for offenders that's the arena she chose to work in. But somehow with all her training, and all the things she's seen, she still manages to be surprised by the threat these type of people pose, to her personally. She's not as damaged or as cynical as Stone but she's still a smart strong character.

This book opened up a door into new and different world then Michael Stone lives in. With interesting new people, I really liked Betsy for one, but it isn't fully realized. I'd like to see more of these people and hope she continues this series. Because even with the different storylines, this book felt unfinished. I'd like to see these people fleshed out more in another book.
5.0 out of 5 stars When does the movie come out!! 21 Sep 2012
By Richard J Ernst - Published on
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Couldn't put it down, I will hope that someone picks this up for a good movie. I liked it so well, that my wife read it and agrees.
2.0 out of 5 stars Not up to her usual standard 5 Mar 2009
By Jean Speiser - Published on
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Anna Salter has written some really good mystery books about the very nasty world of sexual predators, their victims, and the law enforcement community that works to stop them. They are well worth reading if you can tolerate the setting.

This book, unfortunately, is a disappointment. The lead character is a psychologist who gets ESP flashes of a little girl while interviewing a sadistic rapist. Based on the knowledge she gets from her flashes she investigates and finds out that her perceptions were accurate. It inhabits the same ugly world as her earlier books, though with a different main character, but I could not accept the underlying premise and just found this book goofy. By all means read her earlier books, but don't bother with this one.
5.0 out of 5 stars Riveting! 29 Nov 2008
By Marion - Published on
I discovered the talented Ms. Salter just a few weeks ago ("Prison Blues")and wanted to read every book she's written after that first one.

This new book is not a part of the former series.

The mysterious loner who lives on an island on the Outer Banks, Breeze, is a force to be reconned with and after she discovers her best childhood friend is being maliciously abused by her devilishly handsome and manipulative husband, she sets out to help her and her daughter and thus begins the meat of the plot.

Breeze has a special gift and can see auras around people and the colors help her judge the characters she comes in contact with as an independent forensic psychologist. There's a subplot involving two violent murderers that just makes the story even more riveting.

This book was a delicious thriller and I highly recommend it along with all of her earlier books.
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1.0 out of 5 stars The usual 7 May 2011
By D. Logue - Published on
Unfortunately, her fiction books are too much like her alleged non-fiction book. It seems Anna Salter struggles to separate fiction from reality. Art imitating life, or vice versa? Maybe instead, these books are reflective of how Salter sees herself. It makes for decent fiction, but what does it say about her non-fiction work? That is scary indeed.
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