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By all accounts, Thomas Gilbert Jr. led a charmed life. The son of a wealthy hedge fund manager and a financier, he grew up surrounded by a loving family and all the luxury an Upper East Side childhood could provide: education at the elite Buckley School and Deerfield Academy, summers in a sprawling seaside mansion in the Hamptons. He was strikingly handsome, moving with ease through glittering social circles and following in his father's footsteps to Princeton. His friends saw him as a leader; his parents adored him.

But Tommy always felt different, and the cracks in his façade began to show. What started as quiet exhaustion turned into warning signs of OCD, increasing paranoia, and - most troubling - an indescribable, inexplicable hatred of his father. As his parents begged him to seek psychiatric help, Tommy pushed back by self-medicating with drugs and escalating violence. When a fire destroyed his recently estranged best friend's Hamptons home, Tommy was the prime suspect - but he was never charged. Just months later, he arrived at his parents' apartment, calmly asked his mother to leave, and shot his father point-blank in the head.

With exclusive access to sources close to Tommy, including his own mother, author John Glatt constructs the agonizing spiral of mental illness that led Thomas Gilbert Jr. to the ultimate unspeakable act.

©2021 John Glatt (P)2021 Tantor

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  • 03-08-2021

Great book. Tragic Story.

This case is incredibly sad, a person whose mental illness is overlooked because of his good looks and the appearance of financial stability. It's easy to blame the parents, and the parent-son relationship is codependent. Eventually, untreated mental illness and tragedy meet one afternoon.

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  • Ann M. Krieger
  • 13-08-2021

Like listening to a book report

I was compelled to finish because it is an interesting and tragic case but it missed the mark in terms of storytelling.

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  • Mark Regiec
  • 13-09-2021

It's Deppressing

I think the book is well written, it is just a very sad story. The Narrator did not enhance the book at all. I have listened to other books he has done and did an okay job. I think if they would have picked another narrator the book could have been better.

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  • Gina Burcham
  • 10-09-2021

Just O.K.

While the storyline was good the narrator sounded as if he was reading a term paper.

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