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Fifth Reflection
by Ellen Kirschman
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Oceanview, 2017 (2017)
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* *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

The Fifth Reflection by Ellen Kirschman is the third in a series. Dr. Dot Meyerhoff, a police psychologist, is brought into a case of child abduction. The child's mother is a successful photographer who has just held an exhibit of photos of small naked children. There are those who feel that the mother should have known better than to flaunt unclothed children when there are so many pedophiles on the loose.

The missing child's parents are not married but are both deeply active in their child's life. The father's wife claims to love this wee girl as though she were her own. The doctor tries to help with her expertise but only manages to upset everyone even more. The father is belligerent and expects the police to drop everything and find his little girl.

As you can imagine, emotions are running full blast. On top of all this, the good doctor has a dilemma of her own. At fifty something, she is stalling a second go at marriage – the first marriage didn't work out – and her fiancé seems to be spending more time with a photographer in the guise of helping his good friend and teacher through a very rough patch.

I found The Fifth Reflection to be very interesting as well as a heart-wrenching mystery. Discussions of psychological problems and statistics of those with related stress prove that the author knows what she is writing about. Ellen Kirschman is indeed a police psychologist and has been for thirty years.

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