Book: Tortured Memory (Brier Hospital Series) by Lawrence Goldcategories: Book, Murder, Psychopathy, Narcissism, Psychiatry, Child Abuse, Rape, Psychiatric Treatment, Psychological Thriller
Lawrence Gold, M.D.about this book: Tortured Memory is a psychological thriller in the Brier Hospital Series.
Abbie Adler is a psychiatrist specializing in the treatment of abuse children, especially sexually abused girls. Her own abuse as a child makes her especially competent in this area.
Abbie is treating victims of the Chabot rapist when they are suddenly kidnapped and strangled. She's devastated by these killings.
The police find Abbie one evening at Inspiration Point in the Berkeley Hills. She's unresponsive...catatonic. She remains refractory to treatment and undergoes shock therapy and awakens. She has, however, no memory of the events of the last month.
As Abbie begins to recover, memories of these event begin to arise, not directly but in flashes and dreams. They torture her,
Gradually, she suspects that someone in her practice may be the rapist/strangler. Will she remember before it's too late?
From a five star review: here are many crazy, as in mental, characters in this book. With so many potential perpetrators, all of which are demented enough to have committed the crimes, the reader is left to their logical devices until the candidate pool is reduced.
The main character is Dr. Abbie Adler, a psychiatrist with a special interest in the sexual abuse of children. Her interest was derived from her childhood, where she was sexually abused over the course of several years. In the immediate past, Abbie has been treating two young female victims of the Chabot Rapist, a man that uses ether to render his victims unconscious before he rapes them. Abbie has also been seeing a therapist for a number of years in order to deal with her past.
The timeframe of the opening is after most of this has occurred; in that section Abbie is discovered in a catatonic, unresponsive state behind the wheel of her car. Quickly shifting to Abbie's childhood and the years of sexual abuse, we get a brief synopsis of her life and then the events begin unfolding. We are introduced to many people that are presented in a way that you put them into your list of prime suspects. Abbie is no shrinking violet; she has studied martial arts and owns a handgun.
What makes this an intelligent thriller is that each one of the prime suspects has a tie to other characters and none of them generates an iota of sympathy in your mind. They all suffer from significant mental problems and you are in the room when their personalities are being examined and dissected. Sometimes when they openly admit to their violent faults and deliberately try to manipulate those around them.
This is one of those books that once I started it my priority list was rearranged. I could not put it down as Abbie and the people around her struggle to make sense of a complicated web of destruction, deceit and manipulation, all while she tries to regain her memory, stay alive and face the world she lives in.
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