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Dyed Souls by Gary Santorella – Book Review

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PUBLISHERS BLURB

Described by John Lloyd of The Bookbag as “Catcher in the Cuckoo’s Nest,” Dyed Souls is a gritty coming-of-age literary novel, set in a residential treatment center in 1980’s California.


Charlie Lyle loves science, natural history, and the world of the mind, and it is his refuge and salvation as he copes with his drug-addicted mother and a world of circumstances well-beyond his grasp. More a work of philosophy than psychology, “For the teen it has a galling coming-of-age, redemption quest. For the adult it has that, as well as a literary look at a singular fictional life.”

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MY REVIEW

This is a marvellously written story of a young man called Charlie.

He had to go to the Hawthorne Residential Treatment Centre for troubled young people. Charlie is very intelligent and reads constantly, this makes him different amongst his peers.

His drug addicted mother, tends to treat him badly as though she feels he is to blame somehow for her situation….but he’s very close to his grandparents..

This story tells of Charlie’s life at Hawthorne, there are many incidents, even Charlie fighting with another child.

But then he meets Margo, a pretty girl he falls in love with and he feels a happiness he hasn’t known before…..but will this end well?

This is a coming of age story which is wonderfully written, heartbreakingly sad at times but a compelling read….

Thank you to Rachel’s Random Resources for the opportunity to participate in this blog tour and for the promotional materials and a free copy of the ebook. This is my honest, unbiased review.

Purchase Links


Troubadour – https://www.troubador.co.uk/bookshop/contemporary/dyed-souls/
UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Dyed-Souls-Gary-Santorella/dp/1788038096
US – https://www.amazon.com/Dyed-Souls-Gary-Santorella/dp/1788038096


Author Bio

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Gary Santorella, Owner, Interactive Consulting is a Lean implementation, ..organizational development, conflict resolution, and team-building specialist. He has a BA in Behavioural Psychology from Providence College, Providence, RI (1980), a Master’s Degree in Occupational Social Welfare from UC Berkeley (1990), and is a licensed cognitive-behavioural therapist in the State of California. His book: Lean Culture for the Construction Industry: Building Responsible & Committed Project Teams 2nd Edition was published by Productivity Press (a division of Taylor & Francis) in 2017. His first novel, Dyed Souls, was published by Matador Publishing in 2018.


Social Media Links –
https://www.facebook.com/Dyed-Souls-577806782579433/?modal=admin_todo_tour
https://twitter.com/dyedsouls
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/38451700-dyed-souls
Dyed Souls has won two awards:
Silver in the 2018 Global eBook Awards – Young Adult Fiction Category
Chill With a Book Readers Award.

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