Psychic Passion

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Psychic Passion: A Tale of Betrayal How can you trust someone you have never met face to face? By putting his faith in the psychic Andrew Morris, Detective Stephens sets himself up for failure in Sara Herrington’s Psychic passion, a novel of mystery, lust, and betrayal. Ultimately, Herrington’s book is about manipulation, and how easy it is to influence a trusting soul. Detective Stephens is a small town cop trying to make it in the big city of Birmingham, Alabama. He is haunted by his past and suffering accordingly. His wife left him, his kids hate him, and he struggles with a crippling urge to drink. To help cope with these urges, he phones Andrew Morris, who soothes him and feeds him generic psychic dribble: “…I see a change in…show more content…
Adams tells Stephens that they have been watching Morris remove items from the scenes for days. He had been posing as a current detective and using Stephens name to get information. They were just waiting for enough information to “make the arrest stick” (171). Everyone was in the know except Stephens. Andrew Morris was just an ex-detective who wanted to relive his glory days. Without his psychic wife, he needed a new way to get unwarranted attention. His way of doing that was to commit heinous crimes and use Stephens to get into the thick of things. Even after he is caught and exposed as a sick serial killer, he still attempt to manipulate Stephens into believing he’s insane, screaming from jail that his dead wife had framed him and that he was innocent. Stephens sees him for what he is at last, and realizes that serial killers all have something in common, “a [desire for a] sick thrill, and a vivid imagination” (179) Detective Stephens’s was a mistake any of us could make. When you are desperate, any voice of comfort can become a friend, someone you trust, and it doesn’t take someone of terrible cunning to manipulate you. It is obvious that Andrew Morris was not a very smart man, but he was smart enough to control a desperate, trusting man. That was the point Herrington was ultimately making, that anyone can be manipulated, if you want to believe something bad
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