The author’s new book “The shadow of the mole” receives a warm literary reception

Readers’ Favorite announces the review of the book Fiction – Mystery – History “The Shadow of the Mole” by Bob Van Laerhoven, currently available on

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Reviewed by Vincent Dublado for Readers’ Favorite

“Bob Van Laerhoven’s Shadow of the Mole is an intense and powerful blend of mystery and history. At the start of the First World War, French sappers discovered an unconscious man whom they nicknamed La taupe. This man claims to have lost his memory, and the psychiatrist in training Michel Denis finds him a medical curiosity. Michel believes The Mole is experiencing front-line trauma – a theory that doesn’t sit well with senior military brass who view The Mole as a deserter. The military think that Michel’s theory is a threat to discipline in the ranks and that a real soldier has no traumas. Michel’s fascination with The Mole increases further when the patient begins to write in automatic writing, a type of writing that involves creating random sentences and retaining the principles of traditional syntax. The writing of La Taupe reveals that he is well acquainted with the development of psychoanalysis, which drives Michel to do everything in his power to uncover La Taupe’s past and identity.

“The novel has dramatic depths which it displays effectively. After all, war can change any man. You can’t help but feel anxious to learn The Mole’s true identity as he begins to display an ease for intelligent concern, and you can’t blame a scientist like Michel for having a curiosity. growing for The Mole as a medical case. . Bob Van Laerhoven never misses an opportunity to flesh out his characters, to give you a glimpse of who they are. Psychology as a discipline plays an important role in the plot, and Laerhoven effectively embeds it into your consciousness through appropriate references. The Shadow of the Mole is as enigmatic as it is powerful. It is skillfully written in the way it weaves scientific analysis with the inner lives of its characters. It’s a must-read for anyone who loves a cerebral story with a great mix of mystery, history and psychoanalysis.

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