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What is happening at Lakeview? When beautiful Psychologist Casey West goes to Detective Karl Larkin with a wild story about the mental hospital where she works, he quickly dismisses it. He has worked in Springfield for twenty years and Lakeview has never had a complaint lodged against it. But when Casey's friend, a nurse named Trudy Madison, is brutally murdered and the ma What is happening at Lakeview? When beautiful Psychologist Casey West goes to Detective Karl Larkin with a wild story about the mental hospital where she works, he quickly dismisses it. He has worked in Springfield for twenty years and Lakeview has never had a complaint lodged against it. But when Casey's friend, a nurse named Trudy Madison, is brutally murdered and the management's story doesn't agree with the evidence, Detective Larkin begins to think Casey's story doesn't seem so far-fetched anymore. Having friends in high places, Jerry Connors, who runs Lakeview, uses his influence to stop the detective's investigation. Casey then begs Larkin to allow her to become his eyes and ears inside of the place. Will she help him crack the case, or will she wind up dead like her friend?


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What is happening at Lakeview? When beautiful Psychologist Casey West goes to Detective Karl Larkin with a wild story about the mental hospital where she works, he quickly dismisses it. He has worked in Springfield for twenty years and Lakeview has never had a complaint lodged against it. But when Casey's friend, a nurse named Trudy Madison, is brutally murdered and the ma What is happening at Lakeview? When beautiful Psychologist Casey West goes to Detective Karl Larkin with a wild story about the mental hospital where she works, he quickly dismisses it. He has worked in Springfield for twenty years and Lakeview has never had a complaint lodged against it. But when Casey's friend, a nurse named Trudy Madison, is brutally murdered and the management's story doesn't agree with the evidence, Detective Larkin begins to think Casey's story doesn't seem so far-fetched anymore. Having friends in high places, Jerry Connors, who runs Lakeview, uses his influence to stop the detective's investigation. Casey then begs Larkin to allow her to become his eyes and ears inside of the place. Will she help him crack the case, or will she wind up dead like her friend?

42 review for Lost Causes: Silent Scream

  1. 5 out of 5

    S.L.

    Reviewed by Sheri Bebee for Reader Views I was drawn to “Lost Causes: Silent Scream” by Donna J. Thompson because of the possibilities created by such a title. Murder and conspiracy at a psychiatric hospital? Something’s not right. What’s going on? I had to find the answers. Casey West, our heroine, finds out she is adopted after her parents die in an automobile accident. The information she discovers about her real family leads her to Lakeview Psychiatric Hospital, where she has just obtained a p Reviewed by Sheri Bebee for Reader Views I was drawn to “Lost Causes: Silent Scream” by Donna J. Thompson because of the possibilities created by such a title. Murder and conspiracy at a psychiatric hospital? Something’s not right. What’s going on? I had to find the answers. Casey West, our heroine, finds out she is adopted after her parents die in an automobile accident. The information she discovers about her real family leads her to Lakeview Psychiatric Hospital, where she has just obtained a position, courtesy of her “Uncle” Jerry, the hospital administrator and close family friend. Casey’s learns that her real sister was a former patient and her nephew is a current patient at Lakeview. The questions begin when Casey pays a visit to her sister, a woman Casey believes to be an imposter. The plot thickens as they say, with the brutal murder of Nurse Trudy Madison. The murder story as told by the hospital staff just doesn’t add up to the evidence and Casey is determined to discover what really happened to her friend and colleague. When the local authorities are officially pulled off the case, Casey works “undercover” with detective Karl Larkin to solve the case. As I said earlier, the possibilities of this book were limitless but did not deliver up to my expectations. The story line itself was exciting - the plot was intriguing and the characters had great potential. The potential to impress was everywhere. What took this book from a 5 to a 3 for me was the writing itself. The story did not read like it was written by someone with a novel already under her belt. The characters were not well-developed, but rather pieced together with tidbits of information thrown in throughout the story sometimes seemingly out of nowhere. The book needed some serious editing as well. The second paragraph of the book was one sentence with sixteen words and five commas. I thought it was going to run-on forever. If you can get past some of the editing issues and can relate to the particular writing style of the author, “Lost Causes: Silent Scream” is a good quick and easy read.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Krystal

    The premise of this novel attracted me immediately when it came across my review pile. A murder in a psychiatric hospital? A conspiracy in which someone places their own life on the line to work with the police? It sounded like a winner... and it was. The story-line immediately begins to pickup within the first few chapters of the book, and it does not let up. In fact, I found this novel to be so unpredictable and fast paced that I literally finished it in one day as I found myself unable to put The premise of this novel attracted me immediately when it came across my review pile. A murder in a psychiatric hospital? A conspiracy in which someone places their own life on the line to work with the police? It sounded like a winner... and it was. The story-line immediately begins to pickup within the first few chapters of the book, and it does not let up. In fact, I found this novel to be so unpredictable and fast paced that I literally finished it in one day as I found myself unable to put it down. Would the police uncover the real murderer of Trudy Madison? How far did the hospital conspiracy reach? Was there anyone the heroine Casey West could trust? Thankfully, all of these questions (and more) were answered over the course of the novel in a way that more than left the reader satisfied. There is little doubt in my mind that the author spent considerable time on this novel as not only were the characters well developed, each with their own flaws, their own agendas and quirks, but the descriptions of the hospital were also obviously well planned. I felt like I was there as I read this novel - that I had been transported to Lakeview and was watching events as they unfolded. I felt Casey's pain, her anger, and yes, even her fear and confusion. All of the emotions one would expect to feel when confronted with the types of situations depicted in the novel. Overall, Lost Causes Silent Scream is a fantastic blend of murder, conspiracy and intense story-telling that I would definitely recommend! DISCLAIMER: I received an advanced copy of Lost Causes Silent Scream in exchange for my honest review. This has not reflected on my review in any way.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Gayle Pace

    REVIEW: This is a novel about a murder that takes place in a psychiatric hospital. The first chapters set the pace and it doesn't slow down from there.. I found that I couldn't even close to guessing what was going to happen next. You just never knew. I couldn't put the book down. The pages couldn't be turned fast enough. I found myself trying to figure out who really murdered the nurse, Trudy Madison. Was there a conspiracy going on in the hospital.? The characters were real even though they wer REVIEW: This is a novel about a murder that takes place in a psychiatric hospital. The first chapters set the pace and it doesn't slow down from there.. I found that I couldn't even close to guessing what was going to happen next. You just never knew. I couldn't put the book down. The pages couldn't be turned fast enough. I found myself trying to figure out who really murdered the nurse, Trudy Madison. Was there a conspiracy going on in the hospital.? The characters were real even though they were fictional. They weren't perfect, they each had little oddities and faults just like everyone in real life. Ms. Thompson did a wonderful job of describing the hospital, you could picture every detail. Lakeview was like a hospital you might go to visit someone. Yes, I know it is a psychiatric hospital, but you can still have friends and loved ones who need your support in that situation. The book is full of emotions that you can actually feel. Once you open the book you are stepping into the world of Lakeview and the murder of the nurse. Can you figure out who murdered her before Casey the Psychologist does.? This is one book you won't want to miss. I'm, glad I didn't. Pick up the book and I'm almost positive you won't put it down until you're done. I thought it was a very good job of writing by Ms. Thompson. I would give this book 4.5 STARS. I was given a complimentary copy of the book, LOST CAUSES, Silent Scream from the author Donna J. Thompson For my honest review.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Michael Richan

    In Lost Causes: Silent Scream, Dr. Casey West is working her way through a labyrinth of characters and clues, all set inside Lakeview Hospital, where she works. She's discovered that two of the patients there are probably her relatives (she's 100% sure, although those around her aren't) and they've been left in squalid, inhumane conditions. In the case of her nephew, she feels he's being deliberately over medicated; he's in a perpetual zombie state. And the head administrator of the hospital, a In Lost Causes: Silent Scream, Dr. Casey West is working her way through a labyrinth of characters and clues, all set inside Lakeview Hospital, where she works. She's discovered that two of the patients there are probably her relatives (she's 100% sure, although those around her aren't) and they've been left in squalid, inhumane conditions. In the case of her nephew, she feels he's being deliberately over medicated; he's in a perpetual zombie state. And the head administrator of the hospital, a family friend she's known all her life and who helped get her the job at Lakeview, is behind it all - but Casey can't believe he'd betray her and her family that way. There's great side characters in Lost Causes, including a woman administrator who orchestrates murders on other's behalf's (I imagined her looking like nurse Ratchet!) and a no-nonsense detective who is one of the few people who believe Casey's story. And there's plenty of suspense, including a great scene of being stalked while sneaking through the dark corridors of Lakeview, trying to find more evidence. I was only a couple of chapters in before I wanted to keep up with Casey and see if she could unwind the secrets in Lakeview. She does, but of course I won't tell you what they are! It's got a page-turner quality that's a lot of fun. Want to curl up with a good mystery? Join Casey West as she tries to save her sister and nephew!!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Mr Bill

    Lost Causes: Silent Scream by Donna J. Thompson is a good suspense novel about a young psychologist who finds out after her "parents" deaths that she was adopted, searches for her biological family and finds out about a sister and nephew that reside in the local mental institution. She gets a position at this institution from a friend of the family she grew up with and this is where the story begins. She believes her biological family is not as insane as she has been led to believe which leads h Lost Causes: Silent Scream by Donna J. Thompson is a good suspense novel about a young psychologist who finds out after her "parents" deaths that she was adopted, searches for her biological family and finds out about a sister and nephew that reside in the local mental institution. She gets a position at this institution from a friend of the family she grew up with and this is where the story begins. She believes her biological family is not as insane as she has been led to believe which leads her into trouble and a new friend is murdered in the process of trying to discover the truth. The reader is led through the story but I felt there were no real surprises, no twists and turns, nothing really left to the imagination. I didn't really have to guess about anything because there was no big mystery. Everything was explained immediately through the police's investigative unit or character actions. It was suspenseful only to see when and how the bad guys would be caught, but not that they would be. The reader will know what is coming.

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