Mind Games

Mind Games

Book - 2003
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Dr. Timothy Dare, a forensic psychiatrist for the criminal courts in Vancouver, is on the verge of a breakdown. His wife has left him, and his practice is in disarray. On top of that, his newest patient is a man who murdered his previous shrink and now Dare believes his own life is in danger. The only way forward is to consult a psychiatrist himself and confront the real source of his inner turmoil.
Publisher: Toronto : McClelland & Stewart, c2003.
ISBN: 9780771026782
0771026781
Characteristics: 309 p.

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Interesting plot but character is so neurotic he is not really likable. There are so many breaches of professional code of ethics for therapists it is embarassing that any self respecting psychologist would not have more stringent guidelines. I would not look for this character in another novel.

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nsbookclub
Jul 22, 2012

Read February 2008

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RedLeaf
Jul 21, 2012

The title of the book signals that this story is an unconventional whodunit. Dr. Timothy Dare, a forensic psychiatrist, feel’s his life is falling part along with his ability to make sense of it so he has chosen to submit to talk therapy. HIs current problems include his life partner leaving him over control issues, inner anger over a summary to appear before a disciplinary board, supporting his single mother on her upcoming libel suit, and, lastly, being required to oversee a parolee who killed his last psychiatrist and whom Dare suspects of being a psychopath with murderous intentions towards himself. Along with these current problems is Dare’s long standing identity issue concerning his unknown father along with his claustrophobia and fear of flying. The story line has a bifurcated narrative that uses the therapist notes followed by the musings of the patient himself about the same session which are then tied to the main narrative which consists of the ever changing understanding of Dr. Dare. From the outside, the situations are often comedic or terrifying and the reader can participate in the guessing and second guessing in understanding the events. While the subplots intertwine through the book, quickening the plot is the serial murders in the gay community with Dare as the psychological consultant to the police. Putting these story elements together to produce an entertaining read with often sardonically humorous situations expresses Deverell’s high degree of writing talent.

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