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A Good Enough Mother

Narrated by: Rebecca Lacey
Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
3.5 out of 5 stars (9 ratings)

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Ruth Hartland is the director of a trauma unit, a psychotherapist with years of experience, wise and respected by her peers. But professional skill is no guard against private grief. 

The mother of grown twins, she is haunted by the fact that her beautiful, difficult, fragile son Tom, a boy who never 'fit in', disappeared a year and a half earlier. She cannot give up hope of finding him but feels she is living a kind of half life, waiting for him to return. 

Enter a new patient, Dan, who looks exactly like her missing son. She is determined to help him, but her own complicated feelings cloud her professional judgment. Boundaries she would never have crossed with another patient are crossed. And before long, events spiral out of control.... 

©2019 Bev Thomas (P)2019 W.F. Howes Ltd

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Fell flat

Kept my interest all the way through. Unfortunately fell flat on its face at the end. Maybe if the character development had been deeper and I could have really felt for them, it would have evoked more emotion. Didn’t happen. Just felt like a huge waste of time.

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Gripping but intense

A therapist friend recommended this book so I believe it was authentic. I found hearing about the work of a therapist hard to imagine and wonder how anyone can deal with others’ traumatic experiences.
Overall a very good read.

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  • Janet biglari
  • 07-02-19

Outstanding

Books like this one come along perhaps once or twice a year that is books that totally grip you to the point you cannot stop listening. I understand that the author is a psychologist and this was demonstrated in the detail she put into the story referencing psychological theories to give substance to the story which is essentially about what happens when the therapeutic relationship goes horribly wrong. It might sound dry but in actual fact, it's a gripping thriller well told with fantastic characters. The excellent narration just made it even better. This rates as one of my favorite books.

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  • Nicola Dealtry
  • 07-30-19

Great story. Well-read

Rebecca Lacey is an excellent narrator but her only fault is that she pronounces “perhaps” as “prehaps” and unfortunately the book seems to contain the word perhaps more than any other I’ve read! So it does get a bit irritating

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-29-19

A compelling listen

As a seasoned mental health professional I often find subjects like this wearisome and inauthentic. Bev Thomas tells a gripping tale, both tense and moving, with deft portrayal of the ambiguities, nuances and human factors faced in these professions where the personal can forcefully collide with the professional. Am already enthusiastically recommendeding it to everyone!

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  • Traceylou
  • 05-16-19

A must read!<br />

This book was engaging, emotional and thought provoking- couldn't wait to read on!
I loved it so much that now I'm sad that it's finished!

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  • Marion
  • 05-02-19

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Loved it. Gripping. Story moved at good pace. I have knowledge of therapy process and enjoyed the unfolding of characters.

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  • S. Patterson
  • 04-29-19

Great book

This book is brilliant. Feels like it’s a true story. Highlighting the importance of boundaries in psychotherapy.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-25-19

First Class

This debut novel had me gripped. As a therapist myself I had a keen interest from the start and so the book was not only entertaining but thought provoking on a professional level. I look forward to future novels! Let's hope there are some.

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  • Dr. E. T. Mann
  • 04-18-19

brilliant

Could not put it down! Sharply observed psychological mystery which continues to surprise till the last page.

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  • Hazel
  • 06-29-19

Very good but....

I'm finding it very hard to believe a 17 year old with crippling anxiety who relies on his parents, decides to burn all his belongings including bank cards and cut off all contact with his family. This plot line l feel was really unrealistically flawed and let the book down.

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