(From the publisher):
Mallory Hastings has been a "difficult" patient from the moment she opened her eyes in a hospital in Oneonta, New York following a minor automobile mishap. Terrified, hostile, and unaccountably mute (so that she must be retrained to use her own voice), she recognizes neither friends nor family and seems bent on rejecting every effort to help her back to her former condition of normalcy. Then a mysterious message reaches her from afar:
- FIRST: YOU'RE NOT MALLORY HASTINGS AT ALL.
- SECOND: YOU DON'T KNOW HOW YOU GOT WHERE YOU ARE.
- THIRD: YOU'RE AFRAID TO SPEAK THE TRUTH TO THE PEOPLE AROUND YOU.
Though she's never heard of the man who sent it, she grabs this lifeline and allows herself to be pulled out of the hospital into a world that is as unfamiliar to her as the woman who claims to be her mother.
The man on the other end of the lifeline is Jason Tull, a man whose story is almost as strange as hers. The scion of a wealthy and powerful family, he could have had any kind of life he wanted. But when he left school, there was only one thing on his mind. Of all things, he had conceived a fascination for the phenomenon known as reincarnation.
After spending a decade investigating the many alleged instances of the phenomenon that occur annually worldwide, Jason has zeroed in on his true objective: to find and develop a "Golden Case"—a case that even hardened skeptics will be unable to dismiss. And he believes "Mallory Hastings" is that Golden Case.
The secret he must have from her is, of course, her true identity. If she's not Mallory Hastings, who is she?
But pulling this secret from her proves to be like pulling the pin from a hand grenade. The explosion that follows opens a crack in the smooth surface of his world that no one will ever be able to paper over.
Original title: After Dachau
Genre: Fiction→ Fantasy→ Alternate and Parallel Worlds
Fiction→ General Fiction