This is a well concieved and written window into the world of mental health problems. I have read a number of reviews regarding this book. Many of those individuals reportedly enjoyed Dr. Sommer's book, and yet were uncertain as to the best way describe it. A "psychological thriller" is a good description, as it held my rapt attention throughout. However, what this book does very well is to provide a vivid sampling of the stories and lives that psychologists and/or other mental health professionals work with on a regular basis.
It is nice to have stories with a clearly defined "villain." Although, despite what we like to believe, most people in the real world are far too complex to fall in the narrow categories of good and evil. As a psychologist myself, I would argue that one of the most fascinating things that Dr. Sommers accomplishes with his novel is to portray the multiple sides of his characters (including the antagonist). It is easy to dislike some of his characters, but as we learn more about their thoughts, motivations, and histories it becomes increasingly difficult judge them. In my opinion, this is well worth the read regardless of your connections with the world of mental health.
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