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The Gatekeeper [Kindle Edition]

C. Alease
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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First, your writing is absolutely beautiful. I love your style and you are extremely adept at painting a picture that a reader gets into and feels right there. You are extremely vivid and that made it enjoyable to read the language.

I got from this book that it is a story of a woman finding out, learning to accept, and live with all of the many facets of her personality and finding a peace with it…I could write more about the triumph of it. IT WAS TRULY AMAZING!!!!!!!! — Amina Robinson

"The Gatekeeper twist was an excellent one and one I didn't see coming! Great job. And having the Gatekeeper trying to hold it all together ... it was heartbreaking at times. I actually began to imagine what it would be like if something like that should happen to me... the author should be congratulated on a great job." —Monica O'Rourke

After confiding in a friend and coworker who was seeing a therapist, a seemingly normal, middle-aged woman decides to take her teenage son to a psychologist to work on his anger issues. She thinks that she has lived a rather lackluster life, with an understanding that if she feels a bit “touched,” it is only because “everybody is a bit touched.”

During her therapy visits with her son, David, she learns that the therapist is more interested in her, and begins therapy on her own, only to discover that her uninspiring life is that way because of repressed memories, caused by a series of trauma-ridden experiences from long ago. Her therapist introduces her to her Safe Room, a magical place, where she discovers that there exist many personalities wrapped inside of her mind, invading and suppressing it, all with stories of their own intertwining lives to share.

She learns through a combination of hypnosis and extremely vivid flashbacks, just how distinct each of these unique individuals has meticulously maintained her sanity or insanity. She is jolted, tossed, and relentlessly bombarded with one startling revelation after another, until the final revelation, which threatens to send her toppling over the edge into complete insanity.

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About the Author

I was born Cynthia Alease Davis, in December 1953, in New York City, and have three adult children, four grandchildren, and a loving husband. I've always had a passion for writing, although it hadn't matured until later in my life. My love for English and writing actually extended from the third grade, when my teacher, Mrs. Wolf, told me I had a "gift." I decided however, to pursue art for the rest of my elementary, junior high and high school life through drawing and sketching, using various forms of media and managing to win a few awards along the way, including a scholarship to attend the Fleischer Art Memorial in the summer of my eighth grade year, and a Loeb Laboratory Scholarship to attend The Philadelphia College of Art (now the University of the Arts), while in high school. Then, in November, 2008, it hit me. I felt a strong pull to write a novel. By November, 2009 my debut novel, "The Gatekeeper, a Novel by C. Alease" ( (, was completed and published through Createspace, an Amazon company. I chose the pen name, C. Alease, in tribute to my grandmother, Alease Lawson, with whom I share my middle name. In late August, 2010, I contracted with a friend to write her life story. Thelma Wright had the title and an amazing story, but she needed someone to get inside her, to write the way she felt, and in February, 2011, I completed the manuscript for "With Eyes from Both Sides, by Thelma Wright, as told to and written by C. Alease," a true story about the life of the wife of one of Philadelphia's purported kingpins of the Black Mafia during the 1970's, 1980's and 1990's. I believe the term is, "hook, line and sinker." That was the "it" for me. I am hooked, lined and sunk. I love to write! I enjoy being creative, and through the Internet, I can take my art all over the world. That's it. That's me. Of course there's lots more, but for now, I am a mother, grandmother, wife, geek, techno guru, interior designer, furniture builder, student, novelist, writer, author! Enjoy my writing on "Thoughts at the Time,"

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  • File Size: 291 KB
  • Print Length: 218 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1449552641
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars POWERFUL! November 20, 2009
By Jody
The novel `The Gatekeeper' by C. Alease is a brilliant and powerful first novel. It is RIVITING...POWERFUL...ABSORBING...INTRIGING...COMPELLING...and it doesn't stop there.... It gains momentum in the beautiful subtly of description; the characters come to life in the course of giving the reader one of the most realistic accounts of insanity or normalcy. There is a stream that keeps the story moving while the reader remains on edge as the characters unfold and wrestle through their personal crisis.

C. Alease is a master storyteller. She writes with incredible power and insight about the mind and the capacity for survival. She has an `ear' for dialogue and the visual sense of painting a picture and a place. C. Alease's easy flowing style and her skillful use of multiple characters and multiple viewpoints adds to the novel's potency and contributes an intense authenticity to the climax.

I am in anticipation of C. Alease's next novel. She deserves to be recognized as an upcoming BEST Novelist.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars moving August 22, 2013
I was captured heart and soul by this moving tale of a child who was in therapy. Somethings in this book really struck hope for me. It was full of heart and soul, and crafted in a way that everyone can relate to the story.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Gatekeeper October 4, 2010
The traumas of a child and her ability to not only survive but to thrive are described in The Gatekeeper. We come to know how a small child's experiences and her ability to overcome the abusive events in her life, shape her as an adult.

The "gatekeeper" is so unaware of her fragmented personality and the "people" that have been created to allow her to cope, that the reader will rethink your own life experiences.

C. Alease has created a thoughtful novel with such description that I found it hard to put down. This is a story that will keep you thinking about it long after you've finished reading. I'm looking forward to more books by this gifted author.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gatekeepeer January 19, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I really enjoyed this book.Very intense and even a little funny..The author really made me stop and think about how I look at life. Looking forward to reading more of her books.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Survival of the Psychological Fittest January 19, 2013
By Mo--
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
If you ever wonder what's going on inside of some people's heads, then pick up "The Gatekeeper" by Cynthia Alease. What starts off as a loving mother attending counseling sessions with her son to address his anger management issues quickly evolves into a fascinating journey of her psychological self-preservation. Cynthia has woven an intricate and complex protagonist in such a captivating manner that the reader will gasp, laugh out loud, even cry as they journey with her. But more important, the reader will - on some level, at some point - relate. Great book!

Monique D. Clark,
Real Women Read Book Club
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mirror, mirror on the wall May 25, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Author amazingly addresses the erratic mental state of the protagonist by giving names and identities to her mood shifts. The story is brimming with serious imaginative humor and filled with great enjoyable reading.
From one author to another....this is a concept few authors have explored but you nailed it. Great story.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars The Gatekeeper
Intriguing story with the ring of truth..Like life, there is no final resolution, just courage and hope along the path of becoming.
Published 3 months ago by Jane I Webb
5.0 out of 5 stars The Gatekeeper
This book is beautifully written. The author gives a gripping description of her journey using words that draw the reader in and keeps them there. C. Read more
Published on December 30, 2011 by JML -(o_0)/¯
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
The Gatekeeper is such an easy read. Great for beach or travel time. Although I normally do not read books written in first person, this one grabbed my attention early and kept it... Read more
Published on October 30, 2011 by Vicki Brower Jackson
5.0 out of 5 stars Waiting to Read another book from author
This is an impressive debut novel! In "The Gatekeeper" C. Alease writes a riveting, believing, and heartfelt story dealing with a mental disorder. I was very impressed with C. Read more
Published on February 3, 2010 by Dream 4 More Book Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Hats off to C. Alease on her first novel!!
"The Gatekeeper" is a beautifully written story that will deeply affect those who read it. C. Alease gets to the heart of a serious issue with wit and humor and will take the... Read more
Published on January 13, 2010 by INoNani
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping Novel
This book captured me so much so that I completed front to back in two evening sittings! The author does a fantastic job using words to bring to life the characters, their... Read more
Published on December 18, 2009 by CyclingMom
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