The Girl in the Freezer


Fiction - Suspense
260 Pages
Reviewed on 08/07/2021
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Reviewed by Lisa McCombs for Readers' Favorite

When Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Shawn Shaw visits his favorite haunt, looking for sustenance and creative inspiration, the owner shoves the day’s headline at him. “French Professors Raise Gifted Children in Dungeon.” Enough to elicit conversation between the two friends, but not enough to animate Shaw’s latest investigation of insider gambling in professional baseball. Enter James Berk, a well-dressed stranger to Parnell’s, but obviously interested in conversing with Shaw. As a Trustee of The Destiny Foundation, Berk has tracked down Shaw to represent and help the foundation in finding the one great mind that offers the key to medical magic. The three-hundred-year-old Foundation facilitates the work of the world’s greatest scientific minds and, with the help of Shaw’s award winning investigative skills, they are willing to compensate the journalist with a hefty monetary prize. With the assistance of Parnell’s owner and his illegal alien wife, Shaw and his idiot savant ward, Emma, a.k.a. Miss Tinsley, are thrown into a story to beat all stories. But how he was chosen for the role does not become clear until all the smoke clears.

Packed full of witty dialogue and fast paced across-the-country action, The Girl in the Freezer by Douglas Keil is clearly overlooked if not on the best seller list NOW. With a story sure to attract the attention of mystery, sleuth, and crime readers, do not allow the genre to sway your decision in picking up this fun read. Fall in love with Emma, root for the underdog, and be surprised at the inner workings of the genius population existent in our world. Flawless! An excellent read!

Marta Tandori

The Girl in the Freezer by talented writer Douglas Keil is an intriguing and intelligent story that will leave readers shuddering at the chilling possibilities the story invokes. Shawn Shaw is a Pulitzer prize winning reporter and columnist for The Chronicle, who’s on the hunt for his next great story. He thinks he may have found it when he’s approached by billionaire tech entrepreneur, James Berk. Berk is a trustee of The Destiny Foundation, an organization he touts as facilitating the work of the world’s greatest scientific minds. Berk convinces Shawn to help him find Chuti Tiu, a prostitute who is also allegedly the smartest person ever to exist. If her intelligence lives up to its promise, then there’s a 50-million dollar prize waiting for her. Berk uses strong arm tactics and imminent blackmail to get Shawn to help him, neither of which endear him to the reporter. Shawn, together with the help of his friend and ex-cop, Paddy, Paddy’s wife, Kathleen, and his eccentric research assistant, Emma, set out to find Chuti Tiu; a mission which eventually takes them to Vegas. When Shawn finally meets the elusive Chuti Tiu, he quickly learns that his initial distrust of James Berk was well-founded and that the esteemed Destiny Foundation isn’t all it’s touted to be. Even more disturbing is an unexpected discovery in Shawn’s own back yard, so to speak…

The Girl in the Freezer is well-written and one hundred percent compelling. It seamlessly combines computer intelligence with human experimentation and takes it to a whole other level of chilling “ickyness,” While Keil’s protagonist, Shawn Shaw, is presented as the jaded and flawed reporter/columnist, it’s the supporting characters of Paddy and his wife, Kathleen, that give Shawn his substance. And the real star of the book, if you will, has to be Emma Jarvis, a.k.a. Miss Tinsley, Shawn’s talented, yet bipolar schizophrenic research assistant. With her reverence for roller skates, tutus, tattoos and street vendor pretzels, she steals the show, so to speak. However, it’s her inner core of vulnerability, her history of mental issues, and her constant mental tweaking that give her such humanity and make the story so chilling. The Girl in the Freezer may very well be fiction. However, for any reader who’s ever read of the atrocities performed on prisoners-of-war by Hitler’s doctors during the Second World War, the elements in this story sadly become all too real. This book is well worth the read and then some!

Susan Sewell

The Girl In The Freezer by Douglas Keil is a thrilling suspense novel unveiling the plot of a centuries-old obscure society founded on advancing science. Shawn Shaw is a reporter and writer of a Pulitzer Prize-winning column for the New York City Chronicle. He is approached by a stranger purporting to be associated with a three-hundred-year-old foundation which is searching for a missing young genius. The organization wishes to award her a fifty-million dollar prize. Coercing him into using his reporter's research abilities, Shawn is commissioned to locate the young woman with a staggering I.Q. However, during his search, Shawn realizes that there is more at stake than just money. With his integrity in jeopardy, he no longer wishes to participate in the hunt. But, if he chooses not to co-operate, how will it affect those that he cares about the most? Can he quit? Or will they be in danger too?

The Girl In the Freezer by Douglas Keil is rich in intrigue and subterfuge. This suspense novel is a breathtaking, thrilling ride that embraces new, mind-blowing technology. The plot is well-written, and the characters are interesting and give the story a solid foundation. The book is engaging insomuch that the reader won't be able to put it down until the end. I enjoyed the book immensely. The story is full of twists and turns that were riveting and kept me captivated to its conclusion. I would recommend this book for those eighteen and older as it has mild adult content.