“There are a few scenes I will remember forever” Kim Bowden-Kerby


Tal Neilson is convinced the sudden death of his father was no accident, but no one believes him.

His desperate need for revenge is driven by a voice in his head. Is it his father speaking, or the product of his drug addiction?

At stake, his legacy: a billion dollar pharmaceutical empire. Is he prepared to challenge his father’s business partner for control?

When he turns to his lover, Ophelia for support he has no idea that she too is struggling with obsession. A secret family vow going back generations, requiring her to protect and defend him, but not to love him.

A bitter fight ensues between loyalty and betrayal, addiction and independence, ambition and love.

A tense, fast-paced psychological thriller, which will have you hooked from page one.

Ophelia is the second book in a series of mysteries based on Shakespeare’s greatest plays.  Odell’s Fall, was a 2019-20 Amazon best seller.


Canadian Author Norman Bacal receives national recognition through the NYC Big Book Award®!

— The NYC Big Book Award recognized Ophelia: Drowning in Guilt in the mystery category as a Distinguished Favorite.

The competition is judged by experts from different aspects of the book industry, including publishers, writers, editors, book cover designers and professional copywriters. Selected award Winners and Distinguished Favorites are based on overall excellence.

Awarded books included submissions from  Hachett Books, MacMillan, Penguin Random House.

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“Ophelia is a fast-paced international thriller, a winning tale from a strong new talent on the scene”

–Robert Rotenberg
International bestselling author of Downfall (February 2021)

“The manner in which Bacal incorporates the tenets of Shakespeare’s Hamlet character Ophelia satisfies both literary aficionados as well as mystery admirers, the result being … intensification of ideas… that adds to the luster of this excellent mystery. Very highly recommended.”

–Grady Harp, Amazon Top 50 Reviewer

“Norman Bacal and Will Shakespeare know how to tell a good story.”

–Baruch Frydman-Kohl, Rabbi Emeritus, Toronto

“A major psychological drama for Shakespeare fans everywhere… The author’s dark plot and burdened characters are executed in rich, descriptive detail…

The pace is perfect, the dialogue dynamic, and Bacal has a commanding presence on the page… This accomplished author has made his mark in non-fiction and fiction alike. Turning his hand to reimagining Shakespeare is an amazing choice. “Ophelia”, by Norman Bacal, has the feel of an instant classic–not to be missed.”

–Goodreads review

“Hamlet is one of my all time favorite Shakespeare plays. This author took that story and turned it into a unique and nail biting novel! Though it kept true to the spirit of the play, this novel kept me guessing as to what was going to happen next.”

–Goodreads review

“This mystery moves at a quick pace… The motivations, competitions, loves and jealousies read like a Shakespearian drama… For contemporary interest, add in some American/Canadian boardroom competition, an Israeli agent, an illegal Chinese enterprise, and an Australian drug rehab centre. It’s a novel full of intrigue and love, death and life.”

–Rabbi Baruch Frydman-Kohl, Toronto