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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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super smart!

i love this as the author writes from deep knowledge of psychotherapy so the characters have real depth. it's the best story i've read that combines this level of psychotherapeutic insight...

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  • Ronald J. Chasse
  • 02-08-2019

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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  • Sally Cooper
  • 21-07-2019

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
  • 02-07-2019

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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  • bizabog
  • 12-06-2020

Loved it!!

Would highly recommend this!! The story was beautifully written and very gripping, and the reader is brilliant at bringing the characters to life!

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  • Lou Lou
  • 08-06-2020

Gripping

Gripping and thought provoking. As a foundation degree counsellor - this couldn’t be more beneficial for my career. Love the truth and roller coaster story. Thank you.

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  • Ellen
  • 17-12-2019

Loved it

Great story. Lots of different elements to it - learning, story, drama and emotion. Well read also.

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  • Ms Henrietta R. Bond
  • 09-11-2019

I just couldn't get into this ...

It's possibly a really good book but I just couldn't warm to the central character, or care about any of the other characters. Maybe I've read too many books about lost sons in recent months.. (why does no-one write about lost daughters?) but I started to struggle with this book and eventually abandoned it. The storyline felt inevitable - but because I didn't read it all, I may have missed some interesting twists. It's a great premise for a story and the author writes well, so you might enjoy this much more than I did.

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  • Mel
  • 08-11-2019

Good enough

Loved this book, insight into a mother/therapist life becoming entwined and the effects. Great read

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  • Nicola Dealtry
  • 30-07-2019

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
  • 29-06-2019

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
  • 16-05-2019

A must read!

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
  • 02-05-2019

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

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