Monday, April 4, 2016

NetGalley Review: The Dolphin by Craig Bennett Hallenstein

29755581Title: The Dolphin
Author: Craig Bennett Hallenstein
Published: April 1, 2016
Publisher: Storyville Press
Pages: 330
Genre: Murder, Thriller
Review: ebook provided by publisher and NetGalley
Buy Links: Amazon, Amazon.uk 




A PSYCHOLOGICAL THRILLER SET IN NEW ORLEANS
Former child prodigy and aspiring psychologist, Sean Jordan, moves to New Orleans, putting his past behind him, until a conservative radio station in a bid for higher ratings outs him as a dangerous sex offender. When the thirteen-year-old daughter of the station's nationally celebrated talk show host disappears, police scramble to take down Jordan, unaware that he too is a victim of the kidnapper, terrorizing the city on the eve of Mardi Gras. Jordan has a chance to save the girl but only if he meets the kidnapper's demands. Refusing could cost him his life.
Agreeing could cost him his soul.



I received this book via NetGalley to give an honest review.

I don't even know how to write this review. I felt for Sean and everything he was being put through. As a young child he has always been able to help people with their problems when tragedy hits his life early it almost starts a train of events in his life. 
Fast forward to the present Sean is a register sex offender who was almost done with being registered when something occurred and he was given another 10 ten years. His marriage is already on the rocks because of it so when a radio host comes into town outing sex offenders his life gets turned upside down even more. With that going on there has been a young girl murdered and an explosion that has happened within New Orleans this brings trouble down on Sean but what exactly is he hiding? I really liked how we got bits and pieces of Sean's life growing up and when we got to how his uncle treated Sean I really felt for him on that.  Because what happened when he was 18 has haunted him ever since and has him questioning himself on a daily basis of is he truly a sex offender. Is he a dolphin caught in the net full of sharks or is he shark caught in the net with dolphins? 
It is up to Lt. Dupree to figured out who is behind it all but he seems to uncover a lot and he is on a time limit. Mardi Gras is right behind the corner and he knows something big is planned.
I never even heard of the word Dolphin being used before except to name an animal. So for me this was a new term being used but I understand it now. 
Everything comes together at the end and the true murderer comes to light but will it be too late for Sean, those close to him and the young girl who has been kidnapped? 
The one Lt. Dupree is hunting for is connected to Sean but will Dupree find it in time? Heck will even Sean figure it out is the question as well. 
To me the plot line was steady, the characters were well developed and you either liked them or hated them. I liked this author's writing style and hope he writes more. I have to say the cover is beautiful and dark and I probably won't look at another pinwheel again without thinking of this book. 





Craig Bennett Hallenstein
Craig Bennett Hallenstein is a psychologist, writer, and father of five, whose blog, Let's Talk Sex, is a guide to conscious living and sustainable relationships. The Dolphin is his first work of fiction.
Craig attended Beloit College and the California School of Professional Psychology, earning a PhD in clinical psychology and prompting a study of contemporary sexuality. Writing classes followed at Chicago Dramatists and the University of Iowa. His writing has appeared in such diverse publications as The Journal of Professional Psychology and The National Enquirer. Among his writing credits is a People Finders magazine cover story that was optioned by Dick Clark Productions for a made-for-TV movie.

When not writing, Craig manages a successful career as a business broker and restores old houses in Chicago and New Orleans. His favorite holiday is Mardi Gras. The Academy Awards claims a close second.


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