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The Dark Side of the Mind

True Stories from My Life as a Forensic Psychologist
Narrated by: Sara Poyzer
Length: 7 hrs and 54 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (18 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Welcome to the world of the forensic psychologist, where the people you meet are wildly unpredictable and often frightening. 

The job: to delve into the psyche of convicted men and women to try to understand what lies behind their often brutal actions. 

Follow in the footsteps of Kerry Daynes, one of the most sought-after forensic psychologists in the business and consultant on major police investigations.  

Kerry's job has taken her to the cells of maximum-security prisons, police interview rooms, the wards of secure hospitals and the witness box of the court room.  

Her work has helped solve a cold case, convict the guilty and prevent a vicious attack. Spending every moment of your life staring into the darker side of life comes with a price. Kerry's frank memoir gives an unforgettable insight into the personal and professional dangers in store for a female psychologist working with some of the most disturbing men and women.

If you enjoyed Unnatural Causes, When the Dogs Don't Bark and My Life With Murderers, you'll love Kerry's gripping account of her experience as a forensic psychologist.  

©2019 Kerry Daynes (P)2019 Octopus Publishing Group

Critic Reviews

"Enthralling and terrifying in equal amounts. A chilling glimpse into a world unseen by so many and perhaps for very good reasons. Kerry guides us gently, but firmly, through her incredible world of miscreants, monsters and the misunderstood." (Professor Dame Sue Black, Britain's leading forensic anthropologist and author of the Sunday Times best seller All That Remains

"Kerry Daynes delves into the minds of psychopaths in a fascinating memoir." (Katya Edwards, Daily Mail)

"Daynes offers fascinating insights into what makes criminals tick and how they might be more effectively treated. Her book is funny, wise and thoroughly gripping." (Jake Kerridge, writer and critic)

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So annoyed - I couldn't stand the narrator

I really wanted to listen to this book, it was very interesting, but OMG the narrator !
Sara Poyzer ....could .....only say.....two or three ........words at a time,..... pausing when..... there was ....no reason. Jerking the.....narration and really ....ruined an interesting book......it was like..... she was .......driving a car .......with ....her foot ........on the .....break!
Speaking like an American Politician pausing every couple of words for effect? Kerry Daynes, you ruined your chance at a great audio book... why oh why did you chose Sara Poyzer ?

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Very interesting

The reason this book has lost a star might be my own fault. Every time I delve into books like this, I always expect it to feature more of the occupation and experiences, less the author's own thoughts and opinions. I fall for it every time... Maybe one day I will learn.
I did find the story interesting, especially the change in her during her occupational journey. Worth a listen.

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  • Eoin O Beara
  • 20-07-2019

Great book

Being a student psychologist, I really enjoyed this book. It is not for the faint hearted, as it goes into graphic detail from the start, but that is part of the story.

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  • Noemie
  • 03-06-2019

Yay, totally human, flaws and all

Love this, sadly it her only book so far, I hope her publisher rea!ises what an absolute gem this is and gets more books!! This seems honest, open and humorous, yes it's a serious subject but like all who work in the emergency services you have to laugh, and the author is honest about this. I absolutely love this book and if you have even a passing interest in the legal systen, criminology or psychology then I highly recommend this to you.

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  • Tara
  • 02-11-2019

Fascinating

Loved it. Was sorry when it ended. Excellent read. Really interesting and gives a great incite

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  • Fiona S
  • 02-11-2019

An Excellent Book

I loved the angle this book takes & Sara Poyzer is an excellent narrator - she sounds very much like Kerry Daynes. I think the few people who have given it low ratings have missed the point, it's recollections & perceptions of Kerry herself not a text book. She highlights the shortcomings of the system which I'm sure nobody can deny & puts forward her feelings & suggestions for improvement. The patient/client studies are fascinating and I would disagree that she is 'on the side of the criminals' as another reviewer suggested, she is just telling the truth. I didn't want it to end.

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  • Mandy Dockery
  • 26-10-2019

A Superb Book

I am very grateful to the author Kerry Daynes for writing this thought provoking book. It carries so many important messages for all of us.
I don't usually read a book twice, but for this work im going to make an exception!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 23-10-2019

My Only Issue with this book is it had to end....

I have lots of books In my Audible library half read. My initial interest soon replaced with inertia or snatched by a new shiny object. I have gobbled this book up in a matter of days. Snatching a listen at every opportunity. I found this book had just the right amount of all things, humour, gravity, compassion, honesty, incite and knowledge. Some parts of the book are challenging, very challenging as I have personal experiences that relate to some of the content. Regardless i'm only sad that it had to end, I have found the book fascinating and the author to be warm and genuine.

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  • PaulPlummer
  • 22-10-2019

Interesting

Narration was good. The stories of her patients was fascinating. Heard it through to the end.

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  • Lynne
  • 22-10-2019

Very interesting book. Enjoyed

Really liked this book. found it very interesting and the author very likable. Would have liked to find out what happened to her stalker though.

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  • raggydolly
  • 21-10-2019

Not what I expected but still relatively enjoyable

Disappointed that the author sympathised with the criminals, did shed a different light though.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 17-10-2019

Great Book!!

what a fantastic book, I am a student in forensic psychology and have really found it an eye opener with lots of insight on the role of a forensic psychologist. Would recommend!!

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  • Lizzie Bee
  • 16-10-2019

Not bad ... could have been longer

Having seen Kerry Daynes on TV she would have been a perfect narrator for this.