Psycho Analysis by V.R. Stone

Psycho Analysis 
By V.R. Stone
Publisher: Silverwhite Press
Pages: 269
Genre: Thriller


A serial killer who wants to quit. A detective struggling to keep his personal life out of a murder hunt. And a celebrity psychiatrist facing an incredible challenge. Three damaged individuals, linked by their traumatic histories. They’ve chosen very different paths. Now those paths are about to cross.

Sarah Silver is a hedge fund manager – from Monday to Friday she makes a killing in the markets. At weekends, though, she hunts men, not profits. Martin White used to be a brilliant detective. But his family, judgement and self-control are deserting him. And Karl Gross has sold millions of books on serial killers. However he’s a controversial figure in the medical community.

Can Martin keep it together and catch a killer who commits almost perfect crimes? Is Karl capable of unravelling Sarah’s psyche and putting an end to the killing? Or will she disappear when she realises that the hunter has become the hunted?

PsychoAnalysis is a psychological crime thriller that explores the grey area between good and evil. Why would a woman kill for fun? Can she be understood? Can she be stopped?

“The mind is like an iceberg. Most of it lies beneath the surface, a subconscious universe of thoughts we can’t observe. It contains memories too painful to remember, elicits emotions we don’t want to feel, and makes us do things we don’t understand.”

First of all, let’s just take a minute to admire this cover! Exceptional. As chilling as it is befitting. I admit that it succeeded in grabbing my fullest attention. Pair that with the promise of an exciting female serial killer and picking this up is an effortless process.

The story unfolds through the eyes of three individuals.

We meet Sarah who not only kills it in the market, but also on the weekends, literally. She is young, wealthy and beautiful. She is everything a man could desire in a woman, aside from one teeny-weeny bad habit. She hunts and kills men. However, Sarah has decided she wants to stop. But can a serial killer be rehabilitated?

Detective Martin White’s home life is falling apart. His wife is leaving and he is struggling to maintain his grasp. Tasked with tracking down an elusive killer, he is no longer sure of his own capabilities. Can he keep his personal life and work separated long enough to finish the job?

Dr. Karl Gross makes his living treating sex addicts and extreme clients and then selling their stories. His methods have managed to create a less than positive stir in his field. So what happens when he takes on a new client that may be too difficult even for him?

I wanted to love this book, and yet I found myself unable to fully do so. A female serial killer, broken detective and questionable psychiatrist seem like a sure recipe for a fantastic thriller. But it failed to fully come together and fall into that perfect harmony. The pieces just didn’t fit well. For that reason, this will be a briefer summary of my time with the book.

The characters felt flat. I am not even going to soften this because it was my biggest challenge with Psycho Analysis. For as flawed and unique as they were, there was little to nothing extraordinary occurring with each of them. Sarah was mildly interesting, but just not likable in that disturbing sort of way. I wanted to secretly admire some small aspect of her. If you have watched Dexter, then you know what I mean. It is possible to love a serial killer. But not this one. In fact, later events completely turned me off of her.

Detective White and Dr Gross both offered little in terms of engagement of engaging the reader. There is one interesting side of Gross that is presented and then completely dropped?! I felt it could have been a huge addition to the story. Ultimately, I felt as though there was a lot of untapped potential within each of them. This was a dysfunctional trio, so there should have been much more happening beneath the initial surface. I wanted there to be so much more.

The setting and world building were solid though. The author easily transports us back and forth through time as memories are called to the surface and effortlessly paints an immersive image of each encounter. The writing is seamless, allowing the multiple PoVs to go off without a hitch. But it was not without some predictability. A few twists were foreseen and revealed far too early for my personal taste. While the ending did not disappoint, it failed to sincerely surprise me.

The end result was a fun but not so memorable experience. I don’t regret my time with Psycho Analysis, but I am not jumping to fully recommend it either.  If you are in search of a more simplistic thriller or a somewhat mindless read, this might be the one. So if curiosity has you, pick it up and formulate an opinion.

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45 thoughts on “Psycho Analysis by V.R. Stone

  1. Awesome review Danielle! Each of those characters sounds completely dysfunctional yet fascinating so it sounds like the author just didn’t pull them together to create what you were expecting. Flat characters are never a good thing! I enjoyed reading your thoughts, I always wondered about this one. FYI your like button isn’t there, it just says loading?

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    1. Oh not sure about the like button. I have had a ton of issues with WP this week 😦 Hopefully it will resolves. Thanks for the heads up!

      I would be curious to see your take on this. Some of my favorite bloggers seem to have enjoyed it much more than myself 😉

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  2. I agree- that cover is awesome!! And that premise did sound fantastic- shame it didn’t totally live upto that!! I get what you mean about thrillers that are good but unsurprising- they always feel like a bit of a letdown to me. Great review though! 🙂

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  3. Man, that premise was just so good! Even to me, and I mean I don’t read books about killing. But it just sounds different. It’s really too bad it didn’t quite deliver. That’s the trouble with a great premise – it sometimes raises the expectations a tad too high.

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      1. Yeah, the high expectations never really helped anyone. Been there done that with quite a few books. Maybe we should just purposefully lower them before reading 😀 although that also tends to backfire… But it’s just so hard not to have expectations when something sounds so exciting!

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  4. I have read this one a while ago and I’ve put together half of a review so far… I can only say that I share your feelings, some serial killers are great, you can sympathise with them on some level but not with Sarah. I had perhaps higher expectactions as well. Great review darling!

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    1. Ah I am so glad it was not just me! It isn’t that we should ever be able to fully relate to the serial killer, but when they are a main character we do need some form of connection don’t we. We need to maybe appreciate how clever they are, or sympathise more with why they are as they are. Thank you Inge ❤

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  5. *sobs* ohhh… there is nothing more heartbreaking than potential that hasn’t been reached! I mean, the blurb sets you up for something completely mind blowing, but then… I sigh… I definitely won’t be rushing to try this book out… maybe in the future 😉

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  6. Fantastic review! You’re right, the concept around the characters sounds engrossing! It’s unfortunate that the characters themselves didn’t quite pan out for you though. This was a beautifully written review, as always. Thank you for posting!

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  7. Fantastic review, Danielle! “dysfunctional trio” really does sum it up perfectly. I swear, the whole female serial killer who wants to stop reminded me of Dexter, and I’m glad you brought that up! On a side note, have you tried reading that series? I’ve been collecting the volumes whenever I spot them in second-hand bookstores/good will stores, but I have yet to land on the first volume to finally start it (I did complete the TV series though). It sucks that Psycho Analysis didn’t satisfy your cravings with all its potential soooo, sooo visible!

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  8. Fab review!!! I liked Sarah but all lacked some depth, and what really irked me was the “intuition” of Martin to follow her, founding his research and beliefs on thin air!!!! The police work really lacked consistency in this one, and the doctor in the end had no real purpose. But that cover ❤

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  9. That sucks that this one ended up being a bit disappointing, especially as far as the characters go. It’s never fun when a book has so much potential but fails to deliver is some way. Glad there were some aspects you enjoyed though. Great review as always, Danielle!! 😊💕

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  10. Sounds like such a promising premise! Unfortunately the idea of a female serial killer throws me, only because being a massive true-crime fan, they’re much less common than male serial killers. I would have loved something like a Brenda Spencer situation, a woman commits a horrendous crime and then the psycho-analysis is the follow up but I’m sure there’s a book out there like that!

    Do love the cover and your review! Not sure if I’ll give this one a try as it sounds like it might be a bit of a let down.

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    1. I love true crime! Female serial killers are so rare. I think that is actually what appealed to me and ultimately disappointed me with this one. She wasn’t enough. Have you read about Aileen Wuornos? She is the only female serial killer that pops into my head at first though. Netflix has 2 documentaries up about her at the moment.

      The cover is stunning! But it was the best part of the book. For you, I say skip.

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      1. I’ve watched those! Aileen is fascinating. I honestly believe that she really believed herself to be in danger, at least to a degree, whether she actually was or not. Or maybe it was payback for what she suffered growing up, who knows! She wasn’t in her right mind by the time of her execution.

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