Psychiatrist Patricia Bellows starts this story, holding a session with a youth in her offices, and then she is found murdered, setting off a wide search for her killer among her family, acquaintances and other persons who had sought her professional assistance.
Anya Horvat is sent by her editor to investigate Patricia's murder and write a story in order to save her magazine Clarice, and her job.
Anya finds no one person among the many stands out as suspect. The author does an excellent job of making the reader feel each of the different persons, family, clients and relationships - even Anya - who had connections with Patricia is suspect, right up until the end.
This book is written in an unusual format of short chapters, each with different persons, similar to what a psychiatrist's day of half hour appointment notes might be. Like a psychiatrist might, I found I needed to jot notes to jog my own memory when a name came up again with additional information about that person. The breadth of the characters provided an illuminating insight to the human problems psychiatry encompasses. Even so, the revelation of the actual killer at the end surprised me.
I liked reporter Anya Horvat and her determined search for the killer best of the characters. I saw both the best qualities of each of the characters and their flaws on these pages and became more aware how much other people and things can touch, and even change another person throughout their lives. These characters as a whole, even murdered Patricia, were not likeable, but they and their actions made me think. The book is a close look at how life surrounds, and other persons can affect one's own life and relationships. The book is well worth a read.
Note: I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
*Reviewed by guest reviewer, Delores Goodrick Beggs.
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