Are you familiar with Stanley Milgram’s shock experiment? If not, here’s a two-minute video that will tell you the haunting results:
The major antagonist of The Purgatorium Series, Dr. Hortense Gray, was adopted by a psychologist and a contemporary of Stanley Milgram, Philip Zimbardo, and other psychologists in the wake of World War II who wanted to know how good people can commit horrible atrocities against others.
Dr. Hortense Gray, also a psychologist with an impeccable record of curing troubled patients, has a different question: If we force suicidal people to fight for their lives, will the survival instinct overpower the suicidal tendency?
She has created a compound called The Purgatorium on an island off the coast of California where she uses experimental therapy on unknowing patients. Sent to the island by her parents, seventeen-year-old Daphne Janus, who feels responsible for her sister’s death and her brother’s mental illness, is Dr. Gray’s newest patient.
Does Dr. Gray go too far? Or, do the ends justify the means? Read the series, and tell us what you think!
Additionally, here is the Goodreads blurb:
Seventeen year-old Daphne Janus is floored when her parents agree to let her accompany her best friend to a getaway resort on an island off the coast of California. She doesn’t know her parents have sent her to the Purgatorium as a last-ditch effort to save their child.
Her best friend and life-long neighbor takes her to a mostly uninhabited island with a wildlife preserve on one side and Chumash Indian ruins on the “haunted” side. The resort might be beautiful, the beach pristine, and the views from the headland amazing, but strange things begin to happen that soon have Daphne running for her life. At first she finds the therapeutic games thrilling: the ghosts that visit her room, the dropping elevator, and the kayak incident are actually kind of fun once she recovers from them. But when her horse bucks her off during a trail ride and she becomes lost on the haunted side of the island, it’s not fun anymore, and she wonders if her parents have sent her there to help her or to punish her.
Today (Sunday, April 27th) we are celebrating the cover reveal of the second book in the series, Gray’s Domain, with a huge Facebook event. We would love for you to join us for fun games and prizes.
First a word about the title. If you’ve read The Purgatorium (and if you haven’t, click on the pic above to see purchase links), you know that Dr. Gray refers to herself as Prospero, a character from Shakespeare’s The Tempest, and she refers to the island as her domain. So there you go: the reason for the title. (Btw, the third and final book in the series is called The Calibans.)
Expect fun games and fantastic prizes. One prize will be the silver bracelet seventeen-year-old Daphne is given in the first book to represent both the bonds (of fear and guilt) she must overcome and the new bonds of friendship she fosters with the other characters.
Although this novel is not based on Greek mythology like The Gatekeeper’s Saga, because it’s so popular, Athena will give away one of her lockets. She’s relevant to this series because her words of wisdom in the locket are as important to Daphne as they are to Therese: “The most common way people give up their power is by believing they have none.” Inspired by Alice Walker (author of The Color Purple), this inscription motivates Therese to keep fighting against all odds.
There will be other prizes, too, including a cool beach towel and bright yellow beach tote (the story takes place in the summer on a beautiful island). And, because the book is about therapy (albeit a very frightening experimental sort) you can also win a box of chocolate therapy (Russel Stover’s French Chocolate Mints), and a bottle of aromatherapy (Bath & Body Works Aromatherapy Stress Relief Eucalyptus Spearmint).
Pleasant reading all, do check out the party, and have fun!