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"A Circle of souls" is an Award-Winner in the General Fiction category of the National Best Books 2009 Awards and 2010 Nautilus Book Silver Award.

The sleepy town of Newbury, Connecticut, is shocked when a little girl is found brutally murdered. The town s top detective, perplexed by a complete lack of leads, calls in FBI agent Leia Bines, an expert in cases involving children.

Meanwhile, Dr. Peter Gram, a psychiatrist at Newbury s hospital, searches desperately for the cause of seven-year-old Naya Hastings devastating nightmares. Afraid that she might hurt herself in the midst of a torturous episode, Naya s parents have turned to the bright young doctor as their only hope.

The situations confronting Leia and Peter converge when Naya begins drawing chilling images of murder after being bombarded by the disturbing images in her dreams. Amazingly, her sketches are the only clues to the crime that has panicked Newbury residents. Against her better judgment, Leia explores the clues in Naya s crude drawings, only to set off an alarming chain of events.

In this stunning psychological thriller, innocence gives way to evil, and trust lies forgotten in a web of deceit, fear, and murder.



The Story Behind This Book
It was a few months post 9/11, and I was looking at the biographies of the people who had lost their lives. I began to wonder if there was a larger meaning to their lives. All of a sudden, a story flashed into my mind, and I quickly wrote it on a piece of paper. I knew then that I needed to write a story that was larger than life. It needed to communicate the essence that there is a bigger purpose and meaning to our passage on earth. I knew that in order to capture and convey such a message, the book needed to be captivating, interesting, and thrilling. I realized that a story based on the work I do would be the right place to begin. I am a child psychiatrist and had just started a new job. During my fellowship, I worked with children with numerous psychosocial issues and had many life stories to tell. It was at that moment that I decided I could write a book that would capture all these thoughts. That was how A Circle of Souls was born. It is a murder, mystery, thriller with a paranormal twist. This book will keep you on the edge until the very end and will leave you thinking about the larger sense of individual purpose and destiny.

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Praise and Reviews
Linda Fairstein, NYT Bestselling Author: "A fascinating debut - this novel takes the reader to the darkest places in the human soul, from a writer with the authenticity to lead us there.  A stunning thriller and an important read."

Judge Judy Sheindlin, star of the Judge Judy Show: "The seminal work of this fine author kept me glued to my chair until the adventure was over and the mystery solved. A great read!"

“A Circle of Souls is a rare combination of horror and hope. Preetham Grandhi has seamlessly sculpted a fierce page-turner.” Paul Castro Original writer/creator of the hit feature film August Rush & UCLA screenwriting professor.


“A Circle of Souls is pure psychological suspense. A novel that opens the reader up to the mysteries of the human spirit and the darkness of the human mind. A compelling novel that does more than make you turn the pages, it makes you  think.” International Bestseller, M.J. Rose.  Author of “The Reincarnationist” & “The Memorist”


“What a crowning achievement for a new novelist to transform his vivid imagination into a unique & captivating thriller. A superb page turner!” Balasa Prasad M.D. Author of the book series “Stop Smoking for Good” “Stop Gambling for Good” “Stop Overeating for Good”





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Preetham Grandhi
Preetham Grandhi, an India-born immigrant, explores his life parallels in a new kind of psychological thriller and debut novel, A Circle of Souls. Born and raised in the city of Ba More...