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Compelled is a private investigator mystery novel written by Inge-Lise Goss. Sidney was fit and healthy, so her sudden attack in the middle of the night came as a total surprise. The agonizing tightness of every muscle in her chest and difficulty in breathing had her convinced she was having a heart attack. Chas, her husband, made the call and the EMS rushed her to the nearest Nassau County, Long Island, hospital, but the doctors found nothing wrong with her heart or any other physical system in her body. No one could explain the pain that remorselessly coursed through her body. Bernice was a medium in Florida whose dreams were nightly punctuated by the screams of a woman who kept on repeating a man’s name. When she was discussing the problem with a friend, she was visited by a woman’s spirit who claimed her husband, Aden, was innocent and told Bernice she needed Sidney to help her. Contacting Sidney, a Nassau County police officer and former CIA agent, was Bernice’s desperate attempt to help her ghostly visitor and get some sleep. Wracked with pain and worry over her health, Sidney’s first inclination was to ignore the pleadings of the strange female caller, but then she discovered that her pain eased when she spoke to Bernice. It seemed like she would have to solve the mystery of Aden and his wife’s murder or be doomed to a lifetime of agonizing pain.
Inge-Lise Goss’s contemporary paranormal sleuth mystery novel, Compelled, is a taut and absorbing story that follows a former CIA agent’s attempt to find the murderer of a San Diego woman. Goss weaves tantalizing traces of the paranormal throughout this well-told tale as Sidney travels to San Diego and tries to piece together a puzzling and complex crime that makes little sense, with the help of Sam, a local private investigator. Aden and Mara were deeply in love and had two children, in spite of their recent crisis and turmoil over his having had a one-night stand with a co-worker while away on business. Even Mara’s parents are certain Aden would not kill his wife. Sidney is a multi-faceted and highly competent sleuth whose combination of brains, ingenuity and superb physical conditioning make her a match for anyone. Goss’s plot includes numerous blind alleys and red herrings for mystery lovers to mull over as they try to figure out the identity of the killer. Compelled is well-written, suspenseful and action-packed, and it’s hard to put down. It’s highly recommended.