|Reviews for THE BUSINESS OF SAVING SOULS|
| Teeheehee123 chapter 23 . 3/23/2013
My word, what a way to leave the story!
I really felt for Horatio, what a horrible call to have to take, he was so happy with the news that Kyle was due to return home and now his son is missing in action. Lauren's concern for Horatio was justified, it must have been quite scary for her to see him so shaken by the news of his son. What makes it worse is that he doesn't even know if his son is dead or alive, how much more pain and heartache will Horatio have to suffer in his life? It seems as though he has never really caught a break, he's found happiness with Lauren but fate has turned on him and threatened to take away his son.
I'm going to have to start reading the next story to find out what happens now. Great story!
| Teeheehee123 chapter 22 . 3/23/2013
Such a sad ending to the whole sorry affair, Lewis killing Savannah didn't solve Lee-Ann's problems and in fact made them worse. Perhaps the church could have survived the scandal about her daughter but there is no way they'll be able to recover their reputation after what Lewis has done. I like that Horatio tried to make Lewis realise the damage he had done by killing Savannah and the sense of depression he feels when he realises that the other man has no remorse for what he has done.
| Teeheehee123 chapter 21 . 3/23/2013
I really enjoyed this chapter, I had a feeling for the last few segments that Lewis was somehow involved in Savannah's murder, it's amazing the lengths people will go to protect the ones they love. A nice little touch to have Horatio's mood change when the subject of a mother's love was brought up, perhaps it sparked something within his subconscious from the bad dreams he experienced the night before. Now to find out how Lewis killed Savannah, I can't wit to find out how!
| Teeheehee123 chapter 20 . 3/23/2013
It seems as if Lee-Ann's past and the choices she made are coming back to haunt her now, perhaps she has realised that you can' outrun your past no matter how hard you try.
It was lovely to see that Frank stayed with Lucy at the hospital and how she remembered the sweet things he had done foe her since the met and his gruff awkwardness at her acknowledgement of his gestures. Could a little love be blossoming between these two?
I particularly enjoyed the scene between Horatio and Lauren, how he finally gave into his need for a little physical comfort with the woman he loves and then the feeling of guilt when he believes that he has used her to suit his own end. Lauren doesn't see,m like the type of woman who would let herself be used, I'm sure she was a willing participant in their bedroom activities. I am glad that she was there to witness Horatio's troubles sleep as it seems like something he has been trying to deal with on his own for far too long. Great chapter!
| Teeheehee123 chapter 19 . 3/23/2013
A very touching chapter that I very much enjoyed!
I thought you did an excellent job conveying the world-weariness that seems to be hanging over Horatio recently. He's having a hard time accepting that his resilience to the horrors of his job are waning with age. Things seem so much easier to take in your stride when you are young and life tends to get harder to deal with as you get older.
I can completely understand his reluctance to share his past with Lauren, to hide it away and compartmentalise it is easier than dealing with the issues head on. I only hope that he eventually confides on Lauren and that in doing so it lightens his load a little. Great chapter!
| Teeheehee123 chapter 18 . 3/23/2013
Wow, what an action-packed chapter! Things really came to a head between Lucy and Jerry and she was fortunate enough to be able to fight him off not once but twice. I'm glad to see that Jerry is dead, even though Lucy had no choice I have the feeling that she will still feel a great deal of guilt and remorse at ending the life of another person no matter how justified she was in doing so.
| Teeheehee123 chapter 17 . 3/23/2013
Oh my word, I can just imagine the look of shock and horror on Lucy's face when she found Jerry standing next to the two young girls. I'm glad to see that Sarah was intuitive enough to sense that something was wrong with Lucy's reaction to seeing her 'brother' and was sensible to say something to her mother about it, I just hope that Helen manages to get hold of Frank in time before something bad happens to Lucy.
I could sense Horatio's bitter disappointment that Quaid's DNA did not match the sample from Savannah's fingernails, he has been so sure that Quaid was somehow involved. Perhaps Horatio is allowing his personal feelings about Quaid and his involvement with Julia to cloud his professional judgement?
| Teeheehee123 chapter 16 . 3/23/2013
Jerry using innocent children to further his sick game of taunting Lucy? The man is pure evil yet so effortlessly charming to the outside world, a definite sociopath.
I really enjoyed the conversation between Horatio and Lauren and the concern she had for his emotional well-being after the incident with Julia. I thought it was sweet that he didn't want to burden Lauren with his emotional baggage and even sweeter when she told him that his problems were hers too. Lauren seems to be the type of woman that Horatio can lean on emotionally which is something that has been so rare in his life up until now. It warms my heart to see how a simple conversation with the woman he loves can lighten his mood so quickly.
Quaid seems to be underestimating Horatio and his intentions for bringing him in for questioning, Brad seems to think that it is all about Julia and hopefully the DNA from the tissues will come back and prove that he had something to do with Savannah's death. I wouldn't envy Quaid being on Horatio's radar as we all know how seriously he takes protecting those he sees as family.,
| Teeheehee123 chapter 15 . 3/22/2013
Poor Ryan and Eric having their lunch break cut short by Horatio, I loved Ryan's line about lying in wait for them, very funny!
Horatio is kicking himself for not checking his voicemail sooner, the man is always taking too much on his own shoulders. It must have been frightening for him to return home and find a pool of blood and a knife on the kitchen floor, it was a good thing that Julia only hurt herself and not Lauren. Horatio was very compassionate when he dealt with Julia, when she is on a 'downer' it is very easy to sympathise with her but then she turns so quickly back into that unsettling and vindictive woman that wants to hurt Horatio. It is yet another burden that he carries, looking after Julia and cleaning up her frequent messes.
So Jerry has decided to not follow Frank this time and is planning to use his old police credentials to gain access to the building, maybe it was a mistake for Frank to return home halfway through the day. I thought Frank giving Lucy the flowers was a sweet thing to do but I have to be honest and say that I thought he bought them for his mother!
| Teeheehee123 chapter 14 . 3/22/2013
It's easy to understand Horatio's dislike of what Lee-Ann Braxton did when she gave away her daughter and left someone else to bring her up. She says that she did it for the right reasons but I agree with Horatio's assessment that she only did it to further herself, supporting her daughter and the family raising her financially is not the same as taking care of her as a mother should. Horatio has very strong feelings on the importance of family and to see someone willingly give their child up is something that he finds very hard to understand.
An interesting plot development in that Savannah was pressuring Lee-Ann into giving her more money to keep her secret away from the tenacious reporter and that Brad was also aware of what was going on. It certainly looks as if Brad was involved in Savannah's demise somehow and I'm sure it will become clear soon enough.
Great work with the scenes between Julia and Lauren, quite an accurate description who is mentally disturbed, not being able to concentrate and jumping from one paranoid delusion to another. To a 'normal' person Julia's thought processes seem quite random but make perfect sense to the woman herself. It can be an unsettling experience to meet an unhinged individual such as Julia for the first time and know how to deal with them. Another great chapter!
| Teeheehee123 chapter 13 . 3/22/2013
So Jerry is trailing Frank now in an effort to find out where Lucy is, I sure hope Frank knows what he's getting into. Jerry isn't just some run-of-the-mill criminal, he used be a cop and so he's going to know a thing or two about tracking people down and keeping out of sight.
I liked the use of Lee-AnnBraxton as a tool for exposition in the story, I was quite taken with her story as she told it to Frank and Horatio. I tittered at Frank's scepticism of Mrs Braxton's faith and belief in her 'church', Horatio seems a little more accepting perhaps because of his catholic childhood?
I'm glad to see that Lauren waited up for Horatio and greeted him in the way that she had promised earlier in the evening! I'm guessing the person at the door is going to be Julia.
| Teeheehee123 chapter 12 . 3/22/2013
It seems as if the curtain cords tie the Harvest Souls Church to Savannah's murder somehow. It is clear to see that Horatio has taught his team well, they had the information he required without him having to ask theme to do it, they instinctively knew what he wanted and provided him with it.
Something definitely isn't right with Bradley Quaid, I can see him becoming quite dangerous in this story, he's clearly had his nose put out of joint by Horatio warning him off Julia, who knows what she will do, as unhinged as she is? The scratches may have come from a cat but I doubt it, I get the feeling that Quaid has been up to no good.
I enjoyed Frank's discomfort at the cat and the teasing from Horatio about being sexist in regards to the receptionist. I don't know why but I've always imagined Horatio to be a cat lover, maybe it is because felines are quite singular and independent creatures too. Mrs Braxton seems to be a much better person than her husband but as we know, appearances can be deceptive. Is she everything she makes out to be?
| Teeheehee123 chapter 11 . 3/22/2013
Poor Horatio, having to put his duty to the crime lab before spending the night with the lovely Lauren, he must be VERY dedicated to his job, I hope she's still there when he gets back!
I liked how you described Jerry's transformation from being an angry husband to a full-on abuser, at first he felt guilty for hurting her but soon realised that he enjoyed the thrill it gave him to see hoper cowering and frightened, he got off on the power he had over her. He sees tracking down Lucy almost like a game now, the thrill of the chase is exciting him and it angers him to find out that Lucy is seeking support from another man, a man that isn't him. I guess it's a case of, 'If I can't have you then nobody can'
Interesting to see that Lucy recognised the dead girl in the bathtub and that the Reverend and Bradley were lying when they said that they had never seen her or met her before, the scratches on Quaid's arms and they way the girl reacted to his name lead me to believe that there is something suspicious about this man.
I liked the way Horatio was concerned about Frank's involvement with Lucy, it was nice to see him showed that he cared about the wellbeing of his close friend
| Guest chapter 7 . 3/21/2013
Good on Frank for comforting Lucy after that frightening phone call, perhaps she will come to see that not all police officers are as cruel and violent as her husband. I'm glad that Frank now has an idea of what might be going on, hopefully Lucy will confide in him and I have no doubt that the big man will see to it personally that he husband will get what is coming to him.
You did a great job with Bradley Quaid and Reverend Braxton, the both seem like oily and slippery customers to me, I have no tolerance for people who use God and faith to suit their own ends. Their condescending tone will do them no favours with Horatio and Frank.
I can't wait to hear the conversation between Horatio and Bradley, even though Horatio no longer has feelings for Julia he will do whatever he can for his son's sake instead. Great job!
| Teeheehee123 chapter 10 . 3/21/2013
What a brilliant chapter, you dealt with Lucy's abuse that she suffered at the hands of her husband with depth and sensitivity. Her harrowing account of what her husband did to her seemed very true and I felt a little uncomfortable reading it which shows how well those negative emotions she must have felt came across. I though it was excellent how Frank made her see that she was brave and courageous for finally breaking the cycle of abuse and getting away from her controlling partner.
Your best chapter yet, and considering how great all of the others are that takes some doing, well done!