Book: Saints in the Shadows (The Madame Budska Series) by Alana Cashcategories: Book, Mystery, Paranormal, Psychic, Women's Fiction, Literary Fiction, New Orleans, Manhattan, Physics, Awareness, Carl Jung, Tarot, Psychological
Alana Cashabout this book: Saints in the Shadows is set between Manhattan and New Orleans, the dream state and memory with elements of the descent of Persephone.
Maud Strand has moved from New Orleans to New York because she is mourning the loss of her father in an accident. She has a secret about the day her father died, a secret buried so deep in her psyche that she can't even remember it, but it's running her life. The novel begins with Maud sleepwalking from her apartment in Manhattan to the Chinatown Police Precinct in her bare feet and pajamas.
Maud is drifting in New York when she meets Lina Sandór (aka Madame Budska) a physicist turned psychic-to-the-elite. Some of Madame Budska's clients are a billionaire hedge fund manager, a political kingmaker, a TV celebrity, and a crazy Princeton professor. Is she a "real" psychic or a charlatan? Well, as Madame Budska says, "How can I be wrong…They pay me to make a decision they can make for free. I make decision. I do what I get paid for." [Saints in the Shadows pg. 128]
After a few months' acquaintance, Lina asks Maud to take over the Madame Budska business while Lina goes off for what she calls "the big reveal." She trains Maud to "listen until you hear," "look until you see." It's the acts of listening and watching that help Maud unlock her mind and remember the secret that has kept her adrift in grief.
Beyond revealing secrets and the process of grief, Saints in the Shadows dabbles in provocative subjects such as psychic phenomena, economics, morality, masochism, color, history, and a bit of romance with an NYPD detective.
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