This quirky, psychological read kept me turning pages as I tried to decide who was more broken, doctor or patient.
Emma-Jane Glass is a by-the-book psychologist. She has a true desire to help others deal with trauma and loss, but her determination to always maintain a disconnected, professional distance from her patients is over-the-top and she comes off as cold and clinical.
However, when she feels a mother who kills her young son and herself is being villainized, she pens an article sympathetic to the mother she feels is misunderstood. While she means well, I believe it shows Emma-Jane possesses her own streak of narcissism… or arrogance at the very least. Unfortunately, the doctor has no moderate switch, so when she goes in the other direction, it doesn’t end well.
After losing his wife and son in a similar fashion, Drew Rogers sees the article and plots to become Emma-Jane’s patient to kidnap and fix her backward thinking.
I felt bad for Drew… at first but then realized if I looked up narcissist in the dictionary, he’d be there. Nothing is his fault. Ever. He’s always the victim. Even the deaths of his wife and child are something that was done to him. When he takes Emma-Jane hostage, these two are an accident looking for a place to happen.
I was also sympathetic to AJ, one of Drew’s handymen, until I wasn’t. He and Kat, a young woman Drew has a fling with, and another narcissist, got off much too easily.
The story’s bright spot for me is Lucy, a longtime friend of Emma-Jane’s who sets up her first office as a nutritionist in Emma-Jane’s building.
While the young woman needs to work on her self-confidence, especially after she’s shaken by the death of a patient’s boyfriend, she’s still the only one in the story with a clue.
For a story that does not include a serial killer, Dr. Glass has a high body count. I’m looking forward to book 2. What else could happen?
An excellent start to a new series!
Clinical psychologist Dr Emma-Jane Glass falls for her captor when the roles of client and therapist are reversed in a psychologically layered story of revenge and grief. Is it a case of Stockholm Syndrome, or something else?
When Dr Emma-Jane Glass’ interview on local radio is deemed to be sympathetic towards a mother’s actions to kill herself and young child, Drew Rogers hatches a plan to teach the psychologist a thing or two about being left behind as a spouse. Abducted and held captive in an empty property, Dr Glass swaps places in the psychologist’s chair.
Drew puts the motivation of his wife’s actions down to his extra-marital affairs, but then the sordid truth behind his family’s disappearance is revealed.
Hard-hitting and emotional, Dr Glass is the first novel in the Glass Minds Series from the author of Rachel’s Garden, The Entrepreneur, Willow Weeps and Rosie Shadow.