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Multiple Wounds By Alan Russell
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This is the first Alan Russell book I have read. It was kind of deep. But I did enjoy Multiple Wounds. You will meet Catlin, Eurydice, Pandora and a host of other characters through Holly Troy. Holly has multiple personalities, also known as Dissociated Indentity Disorder. Through Holly, you will meet those mentioned plus several others.

Holly is a sculptor. She meets Homicide Detective Cheever who is investigating the murder of art gallery owner, Bonnie Gill. Holly claims not to know where she was when Bonnie Gill was killed in the garden of the art gallery. But she could tell the detective that a young girl who had been missing and found dead was fine. The spirit was fine. As for the night the gallery owner died, Holly is very unsure. Was it Holly or one of her disorders? How about someone else? Why would it have to be Holly or her crew? How about that?

Psychiatrist Rachael Stern works with the detective to help him understand Holly's disorder. It appears to be a battle of wits as their professional fields butt heads. As in fiction as in real live, there is a budding relationship amidst the book. And Rachael has the developement of her own cancer.

But who killed Bonnie Gill? Why? Was it the mean disorder, or has the frightened very young girl had enough and had to committ the crime. Helen doesn't know who she was that night. She doesn't remember where she was, if she was, at all, at the art gallery. Did she kill her breadwinner? She just doesn't know. Are there more killings to come? Why, oh why, does she, Holly Troy, have to deal with these personalities?

Like I said, Multiple Wounds was a deep book. For me, at least. The imagination was awesome with Holly ordering several plates of food at a restaurant to tears of blood. The why of her personalities could be close to the truth for anyone, or is true for someone since, as said, truth is stranger than fiction.

The writer, Alan Russell, features his other books and tells of the longevity of writing Multiple Wounds on his website. He surely did his homework. I would definitely read another of Alan Russell's books, be it on a slightly lighter side or another with deep, dark thoughts. My copy of Multiple Wounds is a paperback and printed in 2005. Alan Russell's copyright is 1996. For a wild, imaginative ride, this book will give that to you. Thoughts and more thoughts.


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