Choose creepy psychological suspense, a psychologist’s fascinating memoir or both! Either way you’ll meet dedicated therapists and some very interesting clients.
Oh clever, clever Aimee Molloy, you are the mistress of misdirection again in your new novel Goodnight Beautiful. It’s true, eavesdroppers often hear highly entertaining and instructive things, as Rhett Butler might say. Our eavesdropper is both entertained and instructed by the therapy sessions conducted by clinical psychologist Dr. Sam Statler. Secrets, childhood traumas, various pathologies – all the patients are just so interesting, but the real fascination for our eavesdropper is Dr. Sam himself. You see, the eavesdropper is Dr. Sam’s biggest fan. You might even say our eavesdropper is Dr. Sam’s number one fan.
In real life there are monsters and tragically some of these monsters are parents. In Good Morning, Monster, therapist Catherine Gildiner explores the effects of childhood dysfunction, neglect, abandonment and abuse on five of her patients. From Laura, abandoned by her father when she was 9 and left to care for her two younger siblings to Peter who as toddler was locked in an attic 18 hours a day while his mother ran a restaurant, Gildiner’s patients have endured horrific abuse and unimaginable trauma. Yet she considers these patients to be psychological heroes – they were brave, they were resilient, they were survivors.