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Truth of the Shadows by Slade Templeton is a psychological thriller/horror fiction that revolves around Dr. Joseph Hoffman. He was the head psychiatrist at Cottage Grove Hospital who relied on logic and his vast knowledge seconded by science. In front of his patients, who talked about furniture moving at its own will, a dead son coming back, hallucinations of angels, etc., Joseph was the calm and composed psychiatrist who had a logical explanation for their delusional paranoia. However, underneath his confident demeanor resided ever-consuming guilt and sorrow. Ever since his wife died in an accident twenty-five years ago, he assumed a life of solitude. Lately, however, peculiar memories from his childhood began surfacing, filling his mind with confusion, and images of his dead wife. To add to his growing list of strange phenomena, a new patient, nineteen-year-old Jennifer, caused apprehension with her challenging words and unsettling wisdom. With each passing day, his sanity began slipping through his fingers and so did the peace of Cottage Grove Hospital. Something dark and sinister lurked inside him that threatened the peaceful life -- albeit a monotonous one -- that he had created for himself.
The tug of war between Joseph's psychiatric analyses and spine-chilling episodes of patients challenges readers to pick a side. Did the workaholic doctor finally begin hallucinating? Or, was a dark shadow hellbent on tormenting the good doctor and his patients? As the plot thickened, the patients and descriptive narration morphed into a hair-raising voice. The authentic writing of Slade Templeton painted Joseph in the most credible light as a psychiatrist. Joseph's gnawing guilt humanized him, while his flashbacks established an emotional connection with readers. The tangled web of his seemingly unrelated past and present made the storyline all the more engrossing. Templeton has created fascinating conversations between the psychiatrist and his patients. In addition to an intriguing plot and gripping narration, Truth of the Shadows has spooky graphics and interesting chapter titles to further enhance the reading experience. Psychological thriller fans would enjoy Truth of the Shadows by Slade Templeton.