ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
ABOUT THE BOOK
Chicago, Winter, 1891
Rachel is in danger. She s seen too much.
She creeps along the cement walls through the dank underbelly of the asylum. She d never planned to leave her quiet farm life, never thought she d find a place in the city, never imagined she d be in the kind of danger that would have her cowering in Dunning s cold, labyrinthine basement.
Jenny has finally found her place. After a childhood of abuse, she has friends, a real job, and her only wish is to give her adopted son the kind of life she never had.
A life of stability, without the risk and uncertainty of a father.
But when Jeremy, Rachel s brother, stumbles into their warehouse, asking for help to find his missing sister, Jenny s carefully constructed life begins to crumble.
“Trust me to value your gift. You paint for a reason. You don’t have to understand that reason before you put brush to canvas, and I don’t have to understand that reason to believe it exists.” (p. 264)
Miriam’s gift has matured…grown into a gift of seeing not only faces she doesn’t know, but she can now images that prove vital to situations that reveal themselves in her own life. Cara Luecht has written another fascinating tale that, sadly, is based loosely on the mystery that mental illness represented during the late 1800’s. Because mental illness was so misunderstood, it became a dark covering for some rather depraved behavior.
Luecht explores all of this and more through the relationships of a very broad range of characters. There are rich, privileged characters, poor, working-class characters, and those who have struggled to find their way and now want to help others. There are many different kinds of relationships that are explored in this novel, as well as a mystery that is finally resolved in a courtroom setting.
This is truly a fascinating tale, and one that will keep your imagination captive from beginning to end. Michael and Miriam have become even more precious to me as I’ve grown to know them better. I can honestly say that I can’t wait to see what flows from Cara Luecht’s imagination next! She is a gifted author!
If you would like to read the first chapter of Soul's Prisoner, go HERE.