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Reviewed by Karen Pirnot for Readers' Favorite
Gray Turner is a famous author who has just been arrested after police found sixteen taxidermied bodies in her basement. To make things worse, the bodies all relate to persons Gray valued in some way in her life. Gray pleads innocence as she tries to discover who other than her father would have the skills and evil nature to pull off such a horrendous deed. Since Gray has experienced recent blackouts, she is hard-pressed to assist in her defense until psychiatrist Maggie Talbot decides to hypnotize Gray in the hope of uncovering deep psychic secrets. But, even then those out to get Gray appear determined to frame her as the killer. After all, the books she has written appear to give step-by-step directions on how to kill people in just the manner the victims were killed.
In "Gray,", R.L. Jackson gives the reader all the horror imaginable. She offers brutal killings, stuffing human beings, homosexuality, pedophilia, necrophilia, a psychiatrist crossing ethical boundaries and horrible descriptions of childhood abuse. For this reader, it was all just a bit too much at the cost of the development of the major characters. I would like to have seen the depth of the psychological costs to Gray due to her horrendous childhood. But instead, we see Gray being all too willing to assume the victim role. But as a thriller, this should do the job for most fans of gore and mutilation.