Saturday, April 2, 2016

Dangerous Minds by Priscilla Masters

Claire is a psychiatrist.  She became one to help people.  She enjoys the challenges and the variety, and likes people in general.  But she doesn't like some of her patients...

Severn House and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published June 15th.

Our minds are wondrous.  There are compartments, pathways, and ideas all stored in our minds.  Trying to help someone straighten out the path they are walking is hard to do.  Especially when one of your patients scares you.  Claire knows enough to know he's dangerous, but she can't prove anything.  She finally sets him free so she doesn't have to deal with him.  Then he invites her to his wedding.

It gets creepier when the invitation was left at her house, not her office.  How does he know where she lives and how did he get her home phone number?  Just what does he want? Then she finds out he's manipulating her other patients.  Who in the office is giving him enough information he knows what buttons to push?  He also knows her boyfriend has moved out.  Is she in danger?

She's afraid he's going to kill his new pregnant wife and her parents to get the lottery money they won but they won't listen to her and neither will anyone else.  There's nothing to be done since there is no proof of the incidents in the past.  Maybe he was just telling her stories and all the tragedies in the past were natural events.  But what if they weren't?

This story has a very unusual ending.  Claire was shocked and so was I.  I enjoyed the insights shared by the doctor and the ending was ironic but appropriate.  I'll remember this one for a while.

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