Hypnotist Johanna Schell has founded "The Haven", a sanctuary for those suffering from different types of mental illness. When she comes across a man, Quentin Forster, lying in an apparent drunken stupor near her Haven, she decides to take him in, deciding she has to at least try to help him with his alcoholism. It soon becomes apparent that is not what they are dealing with. He has had episodes of amnesia for years. Johanna begins to hypnotize him to try to get to the core of his pain & find out if his claim to werewolf blood is just a delusion, as she thinks. What she discovers when he is hypnotized is terrifying and she is not sure she can handle this case. But she has to try.
This report prepared by Kim Mills
Berkley, Oct 2001, 6.99, 416 pp.
Near her family's vineyards in Napa Valley, Dr. Johanna Schell provides a haven for those plagued with mental anguish. Suffering Quentin Forster stumbles into Johanna's sanctuary, but suffers from amnesia with some glimpses of his past. Quentin knows he is on the run, but why and from whom remains blank. She offers the tormented yet compassionate man refuge and he grasps at her overture.
Joanna and Quentin begin to fall in love even as she tries to help him with whatever hidden tortures wrack his mind. However, his past arrives in her shelter causing perilous havoc for everyone there and under her hypnotic spell THE SECRET OF THE WOLF is released. If Johanna and Quentin somehow survive his past, can two extraordinary individuals cross specie lines find a lifetime of happiness even as love flows freely between them?
The third Susan Krinard werewolf romance (see TOUCH OF THE WOLF and ONCE A WOLF) is an exciting supernatural tale that will haunt readers long after the novel is done. The story line is loaded with plenty of otherworldly action that will thrill horror fans yet finds room for a strong ardent relationship between Johanna and Quentin. Ms. Krinard has another howling success that will send her back to her normal spot on the bestseller lists.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner