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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (387 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Daniel Hecht Narrator: Christopher Lane Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Despite his brilliance, Paul Skoglund hasn’t held a steady job for years, partly because of his Tourette’s syndrome, a neurological disorder that forces his body into wild swings and to blurt out tragically inappropriate words. When his wealthy aunt asks him to take on the repairs of her magnificent hunting lodge, he is in no position to refuse. But inside the lodge lies a mystery involving disappearances and deaths that haunt the region.

Meanwhile, Paul’s ex-wife is using his condition to wrest away custody of their young son, but for Paul, nothing and no one is going to come between him and Mark. Then quickening events lead him deeper into his family’s past, and as Paul faces the darker aspects of his own nature, he must brave the possibility that in saving those he loves, he might well destroy himself.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A mesmerizing glimpse into the world of psychopathology.”

    Kathy Reichs, author of Déjá Dead

  • “A narrative that’s populated by believable characters and infused with healthy doses of medical science and psychology. Skull Session is a story that keeps the reader guessing till the very end.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Gripping and disturbing.”

    Sunday Telegraph (London)

  • “Hecht balances diverse elements with impressive artistry, all the while making us care for the fate of his characters.”


  • “An impressive debut…Christopher Lane gives a masterful performance. Skoglund’s character is not an easy one to portray, yet Lane does so with intensity and sensitivity. In addition, Lane delivers the other characters with a graceful sense of timing, permitting the reader to remain focused on the many nuances of the novel and its characters.”


  • “This 1989 novel, a first-rate mix of horror, suspense, and mystery, holds high listener appeal.”


  • “Newcomer Hecht spins a sticky spider web of intricate metaphors that boil down to the fact that appearances are deceiving.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Martin Paul | 2/12/2014

    " Thought provoking, but never going to be a 5-start read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Linda Branham Greenwell | 2/7/2014

    " An age old mystery and a man with Tourettes "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Terri | 2/4/2014

    " I liked it, but not as much as the first Hecht book that I read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by krin | 1/10/2014

    " I liked this thriller about the "monster" inside and what happens when it's released without control. I liked Paul's interactions with Lia, his son Mark, and his aunt Vivian. "

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About the Author

Daniel Hecht was a professional guitarist for twenty years. He took up writing in 1989 and received his MFA degree from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop in 1992. His first novel, Skull Session, was a bestseller. He lives in Montpelier, Vermont.