|A dramatic psychological mystery|
A psychoanalyst visiting Guatemala accepts a desperate plea to visit the makeshift shelter of a native couple. In broken Spanish, the man and woman beg for help for a girl they say is their daughter.
When Jerry Simpson arrives, he finds Inez locked inside a windowless shed no larger than a box and tethered to a chain. She appears autistic. She is semi-feral. She likely was abused by Marxist guerrillas and government soldiers who are fighting in the hills. And she is mute.
The couple also believe Inez is cursed.
Jerry brings Inez to Canada with him and begins treatment. Four months later, Jerry’s long-time lover, journalist Caitlin Shaughnessy, receives a call. Jerry has been murdered, and Inez was found covered in his blood.
In a gripping series of flashbacks, Sheila Dalton’s The Girl in the Box (Dundurn, 2011) takes readers on a twisting journey of drama and psychological mystery as Caitlin seeks to understand how Jerry was killed—and why.
With a well-researched, fast-paced plot and powerful descriptions, Dalton deftly weaves Guatemalan customs and shamanism with glimpses into the inner workings of the human mind. Readers will be as compelled as Caitlin to discover the mystery that is Inez.
Complex, fascinating, subtle and intensely emotional, this is a book that, like Patricia McCormick’s Sold, will profoundly impact its readers.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Born in England, Sheila came to Canada with her family when she was 6 years old. She lives in Newmarket, Ontario, with her husband, son and two cats.
For many years she worked as a freelance writer and editor and is currently an adult services librarian for the Toronto Public Library. Sheila has traveled to Latin America, Morocco, England, France and Holland.
Visit Sheila on her Facebook fan page or her Goodreads author page.
The Girl in the Box is available for pre-order on Amazon.
ENTER TO WIN A COPY OF THE GIRL IN THE BOX
Would you like to have your own copy of this powerfully gripping book? Sheila will be holding a giveaway contest on Goodreads Sept. 15 through Nov. 18. To enter, go to http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/12043711-the-girl-in-the-box.
Be sure to watch for Thursday’s interview with author Sheila Dalton.
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