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4.0 out of 5 starsIntriguing Examination
Reviewed in the United States on September 23, 2019
Dr. Joiner has elucidated a theory that is quite challenging. While at times I thought he read too much into situations where there was minimal actual evidence as to the perpetrators mindset he presents a thoroughly thought out thesis. I look forward to further research in this area.
Reviewed in the United States on November 29, 2015
Dr. Joined is considered an expert in suicide studies and treatment. One of my co-workers highly recommended this book to our consultation group. When my peer was explaining the traits attributed to suicide risk my first thought was that was taken from Durkheim decades earlier.
It is a narrow book that has a lot of information. If the intended audience was clinicians, the editorial staff was deficient. Much of the first portion could have been summarized. It was a chore to wade through in case you would miss something.
Pages 196 onward are where I started taking notes and thinking of my specific client base. That alone was worth the investment of f time. So I give Dr Joiner a high rating because of the material and his efforts involved. I wish we had his materials in going graduate school. He is a credit to the field. His editors would get a 3 star because they did not reign him in or let his stature intimidate them.
5.0 out of 5 starsJoiner's best book so far! A true masterpiece !!
Reviewed in the United States on April 20, 2014
I love the book! I read it in one sitting and just couldn't put it down. I believe it by by far Joiner's best book so far. Even the concept of suicide itself is more clearly conveyed here compared to his previous books devoted just to this one topic. This book is a must for clinicians and police investigators alike. It is scientifically based yet easily accessible by lay readers as well. Congratulations on a masterpiece Professor Joiner! Please do keep up with the writing- I am eager to read your next book .
It is an interesting read and gives the reader some insight into what goes on in the minds of people who commit murder-suicide. It is a difficult topic but the book helped me understand it a little more.