The Stone Circle
Gary Goshgarian's skill as a writer of supernatural suspense is on full display in this terrifying thriller combining Native American and Celtic mythology.Peter Van Zandt is a professor of archeology, trying to put the death of his wife behind him by immersing himself in a potentially significant excavation. On an island in Boston Harbor where a new casino resort is about to be built, workers have uncovered the remains of a peculiar stone edifice. The law requires that it be uncovered, but Van Zandt has little time to complete the project before construction begins.As a circle of stones eerily reminiscent of Stonehenge emerges from the ground, Van Zandt finds himself assaulted by disturbing dreams of the death of his young son, the burning of an accused witch at a stake, and a woman who seems to be his wife calling him from beyond. The discovery of a skeleton at the site adds a very real sense of menace that surrounds the project and his work.Soon the lines between this world and the next begin to blur, and along with them Peter's sense of reality. As his mind weakens, he becomes convinced that it is his wife who beckons him from the other side, and what she most needs is his ultimate sacrifice--his son.As Robert B. Parker says, The Stone Circle ?is storytelling at its best.' Gary Goshgarian has created a good man that could be every man in the grip of evil.
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The Stone CircleUser Review - Book Verdict
Peter Van Zand, an archaeologist, takes six-year-old son Andy on a summertime "dig" on Kingdom Head, an island in Boston Harbor, hoping that together they can recover from the violent death of Connie, Peter's wife and Andy's mother. Peter is directing a crew in assessing the historical meanings of huge stones uncovered by construction workers excavating to build a casino on the island. The stones, on part of the island called Pulpit's Point, seem prehistoric to Peter, who is troubled by violent dreams of Andy's death, of a woman burning at a stake, and of Connie calling to him from the grave. Those around him question Peter's sanity, and Andy is suddenly terrified of his formerly loving father. But the woman burned on Kingdom Head in 1692 never seems evil enough to bring about the book's concluding events, nor does the present-day "bad guy," Fane Hatcher, seem bad enough to cause the island's longtime evil history to boil over into modern times. Still, overall, this is a good purchase for libraries wanting more reads like King, Saul, and Koontz.--Alice DiNizo, Raritan P.L., N.J.