The Hypnotist : Special Edition for Readers with Dyslexia
When, on an afternoon outing in Bayou Vermillion, Lafayette, LA, teenager Amanda Wilcox has her fortune read by Madam Zu-Zu, she and her classmate, Tom Lassiter, never thought it would lead to her having a nightmare in which she dreamed she was being choked to death. Under hypnosis, Amanda reveals to Tom that she once was a woman named Kyla Decker, who disappeared 25 years earlier after being stopped by a policeman while driving home early one morning after partying with her girlfriends. An Internet search reveals the name of another woman, Cindi Lathrop, who disappeared some years after Decker under similar circumstances. As their relationship blossoms, Amanda and Tom uncover evidence linking a former Lafayette, LA, policeman and a funeral home employee to the abductions, men who they suspect murdered the two women. But then, in what appears to be a real-life enactment of what the fortune teller told Amanda, the teenagers find their lives threatened by one of the two men they think was responsible for the murders committed 25 years earlier. Can the teenagers survive, knowing the last of the five tarot cards read to Amanda by Madam Zu-Zu was Death?
- Paperback | 314 pages
- 152.4 x 228.6 x 18.03mm | 539.77g
- 01 Jul 2015
- Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
- United States
- Special edition
- black & white illustrations
About Alyssa Devine
I'm concerned about YA literacy, which is one reason I link my Website--Alyssadevinenovels.com--to the Marine Corps' T4T Literacy Program. I could have written the book as an adult novel but wanted to appeal first to YA readers. That said, all of my adult reviewers and editors loved the story. As to the story, I love exploring how people cope with the cards they're dealt, tarot and otherwise. A lot of what we face every day is unexpected, which is why I write intuitively...just take an idea, write an initial scene, and let the story evolve. I'm often amazed where my characters take me. You will be, too. Finally, you might find it interesting that I dabbled in hypnosis in high school. In fact, I almost was suspended two weeks before graduation when I was caught hypnotizing a friend in the hallway. When I saw the cover art, I knew instantly I not only had to write a YA novel on the subject of hypnosis, but also, had to use this photo.