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ISBN13: 9781582344966
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Paul Skoglund gets a call from his aunt. She wants him to come repair her damaged home in the country. Paul has Tourettes syndrome and a spotty history of employment. Paul is horrified at the extent of the damage: no human could have done it – or could they? Paul's girlfriend Lia is addicted to risk: skydiving, exploring caves, basking in adrenaline's fierce glow. Lia may end up with more than she bargained for this time. Skull Session explores the dichotomy between our conscious, rational selves and the instinctual, unconscious layer below. The relationship between Paul and Lia is engrossing and accurately portrays the kind of struggles we know only too well.
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Back in print and accompanied by its prequel Puppets, the bestselling Skull Session is a classic tale of suspense. Despite his brilliance, Paul Skoglund hasn't held a steady job for years, partly because of his Tourette's syndrome. When his eccentric, wealthy aunt asks him to take on the repairs of her magnificent hunting lodge, he is in no position to refuse. But then he finds that the rambling old house has been savagely vandalized: he discovers a scene of almost superhuman destruction, a violence mirrored by a series of disappearances and grisly deaths haunting the region. Paul delves into the wreckage, wondering what dark passion — and what strength — could cause such chaos. As state police investigator Mo Ford pursues the mystery through official channels, escalating events force Paul deeper into his family's past and into the darker aspects of his own nature.

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"Vividly atmospheric, rich with twists and turns." Jonathan Kellerman

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"Skull Session is a story that keeps the reader guessing till the very end....A narrative that's populated by believable characters and infused with healthy doses of medical science and psychology." New York Times Book Review

Review:

"A marvelous mix of modern Gothic horror and romance, with a generous helping of bioscience, this is a guaranteed page-turner..." Library Journal

Review:

"Stunning....This stylist thriller reminds us why we're so afraid of the dark — especially the kind that lurks within." People

Review:

"[M]ore disturbing than satisfying. An earnestly wrought, meandering tale that, despite some gripping scenes and lots of facts about neurophysiology, adds up to less than the sum of its parts." Kirkus Reviews

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"Emotional....Enticing....A thriller of the mind....Hecht transcends cliché and raises valid and timely questions." New York Daily News

Synopsis:

Back in print and accompanied by its prequel Puppets, the bestselling Skull Session is a classic tale of suspense. Despite his brilliance, Paul Skoglund hasnt held a steady job for years, partly because of his Tourettes syndrome. When his eccentric, wealthy aunt asks him to take on the repairs of her magnificent hunting lodge, he is in no position to refuse. But then he finds that the rambling old house has been savagely vandalized: he discovers a scene of almost superhuman destruction, a violence mirrored by a series of disappearances and grisly deaths haunting the region. Paul delves into the wreckage, wondering what dark passion—and what strength—could cause such chaos. As state police investigator Mo Ford pursues the mystery through official channels, escalating events force Paul deeper into his familys past and into the darker aspects of his own nature.

About the Author

Daniel Hecht is the author of the bestselling Skull Session and Puppets; The Babel Effect; and two novels in the Cree Black series, City of Masks and Land of Echoes. He lives in Montpelier, Vermont.

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Tara McDaniel, May 5, 2009 (view all comments by Tara McDaniel)
Bottom line: this book is great. I don't usually read thrillers because sometimes they're not well written. Hecht's book, however, struck the perfect balance between fine writing and page-turning action suspense. The characters were all real and believable--even funny, sad, fascinating. I loved Paul's and Mo's close-third narrative; what wonderful, interesting minds! This narrative quality coupled with the book's exploration of abnormal psychology and anatomical science makes it compulsively readable.

It might not be 'literature' but it'll probably keep you up at night. You'll *have* to read just one...more...chapter!
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Shari Bitney, January 1, 2009 (view all comments by Shari Bitney)
"Skull Session" is the type of book that stays with you long after the last page. It's a complex novel, a well-written thriller that leaves the reader questioning how much we really know about the capacity of the human brain. The main character in the story, Paul Skoglund, has Tourette's syndrome and has battled for years to control his own mind and behavior. When Paul is asked to do some work for his eccentric aunt, he becomes drawn into family mysteries that are anything but predictable.
In spite of its nearly 500 pages, I couldn't put this book down!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781582344966
Author:
Hecht, Daniel
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Subject:
General
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Psychological
Subject:
Suspense
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - General
Subject:
Psychological fiction
Subject:
Hudson River Valley (N.Y. and N.J.) Fiction.
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Publication Date:
20050711
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
496
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.50 in

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Product details 496 pages Bloomsbury Publishing PLC - English 9781582344966 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

Paul Skoglund gets a call from his aunt. She wants him to come repair her damaged home in the country. Paul has Tourettes syndrome and a spotty history of employment. Paul is horrified at the extent of the damage: no human could have done it – or could they? Paul's girlfriend Lia is addicted to risk: skydiving, exploring caves, basking in adrenaline's fierce glow. Lia may end up with more than she bargained for this time. Skull Session explores the dichotomy between our conscious, rational selves and the instinctual, unconscious layer below. The relationship between Paul and Lia is engrossing and accurately portrays the kind of struggles we know only too well.

"Review" by , "Vividly atmospheric, rich with twists and turns."
"Review" by , "Skull Session is a story that keeps the reader guessing till the very end....A narrative that's populated by believable characters and infused with healthy doses of medical science and psychology."
"Review" by , "A marvelous mix of modern Gothic horror and romance, with a generous helping of bioscience, this is a guaranteed page-turner..."
"Review" by , "Stunning....This stylist thriller reminds us why we're so afraid of the dark — especially the kind that lurks within."
"Review" by , "[M]ore disturbing than satisfying. An earnestly wrought, meandering tale that, despite some gripping scenes and lots of facts about neurophysiology, adds up to less than the sum of its parts."
"Review" by , "Emotional....Enticing....A thriller of the mind....Hecht transcends cliché and raises valid and timely questions."
"Synopsis" by ,
Back in print and accompanied by its prequel Puppets, the bestselling Skull Session is a classic tale of suspense. Despite his brilliance, Paul Skoglund hasnt held a steady job for years, partly because of his Tourettes syndrome. When his eccentric, wealthy aunt asks him to take on the repairs of her magnificent hunting lodge, he is in no position to refuse. But then he finds that the rambling old house has been savagely vandalized: he discovers a scene of almost superhuman destruction, a violence mirrored by a series of disappearances and grisly deaths haunting the region. Paul delves into the wreckage, wondering what dark passion—and what strength—could cause such chaos. As state police investigator Mo Ford pursues the mystery through official channels, escalating events force Paul deeper into his familys past and into the darker aspects of his own nature.
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