‘Notes in a Mirror’ author coming Dec 8

I’m looking forward to interviewing Helen Macie Osterman, author of the new thriller “Notes in a Mirror” on December 8.

This compelling book, released November 15th by Weaving Dreams Publishing, is set in a grim, 1950s mental institution where the treatments are as archaic as the dark. cold buildings.

The author worked as a nurse for 45 years. During her training, her rotation took her to such a hospital for three months where she witnessed hydrotherapy, Insulin coma therapy and electroshock. These were once accepted treatments for the mentally ill, and they are part of the world protagonist Mary Lou Hammond and Kate Stephens are plunged into at the fictional Hillside State Mental Hospital.

But there’s more. Somebody is trying to contact the sensitive Mary Lou. Is it her imagination, a former patient, or perhaps the mad house is driving her mad. This 213-page mystery will keep you guessing while making you thankful you were never committed to Hillside–or the real-life institutions on which it is based.

As the Osterman writes in her introduction, “The treatments provided were primitive and sometimes dangerous, but at the time, considered state of the art.” The author’s experience as a student nurse in such an institution gives her the knowledge to make this an accurate and chilling novel.

Malcolm, author of “Jock Stewart and the Missing Sea of Fire” and “The Sun Singer”

Author: Malcolm R. Campbell

Malcolm R. Campbell is the author of "Sarabande," "The Sun Singer," "At Sea," "Conjure Woman's Cat," "Eulalie and Washerwoman," and "Lena."

2 thoughts on “‘Notes in a Mirror’ author coming Dec 8”

  1. I love the way you presented Helen’s Book, Malcolm. The first time I read the manuscript I couldn’t put it down. One of the people who endorsed her book, Harley Jane Kozak, said the same thing. She didn’t think she would get time to read it. Turned out, her glance turned into a full reading. Helen really hooks the reader.

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us.

    1. Thanks, Sue. I hope a lot of other people find this book and get pulled into the story.

      I’m looking forward to Helen’s interview to get “her take” on the novel–so to speak.


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