The Halo Effect (Butterfield Institute)
The Halo Effect (The Butterfield Institute). MJ Rose. 2004.
What do you get when a respected, New York sex therapist gets tangled up in an SVU-style serial killer case? One damn fun summer read. And at 99¢, The Halo Effect (The Butterfield Institute) Kindle edition is pretty much a steal.
Dr. Morgan Snow, a sex psychiatrist at the Butterfield institute, is forced to make some difficult decisions when police ask her to help them find a serial killer with a penchant for murdering prostitutes and dressing them up as nuns.
When Cleo, a prostitute and one of Dr. Snow’s clients, suddenly goes missing, Snow can only imagine the worst. What’s more, the tell-all book Cleo wrote and left with Snow may be the key to solving Cleo’s disappearance and finding the Magdalene Murderer. However, Snow is unwilling to breach patient confidentiality and instead begins her own undercover investigation.
While secondary themes such as Snow’s relationship with her daughter and her romantic interest in Detective Jordain detract from the book at times, overall The Halo Effect is mystery and suspense done right.