What happens when someone creates and orchestrates events in order to hide truths , lies and betrayals? What happens when three people have sketched out how their lives should be, created their world’s in order to protect they’re clients and one to defend his actions towards another for his failures?
What happens when Dr.Emma James Glass publishes an article about unstable mothers murdering their children. Debatable , controversial and disturbing especially to one person who takes the premise and main points seriously but not in a normal way. Why would a mother deliberately kill her own child? This question is at the heart of events to come but first Dr.Glass has to look deep inside herself first but events are shocking and I’ve client is not what he appears to be as we unravel the truths behind his actions, learn about the suicide of an other and understand the traumas she endured. Meet Lucy who is the nutritionist that shared her space and faces her own conflicts, obstacles they stand in her path as both Emma and Lucy must uncover within themselves who they are. Her article brings out a letter from an unknown person who threatens to punish her for her words and statements. Not taking it seriously she is blindsided in more ways than one.
We meet Drew Rogers a client whose demeanor and words are bone-chilling and terrifying. Confrontations between him and Dr. Glass as she tries to unravel the mystery of what happened to his wife and son. Although he had many meaningless affairs and we get to know Hannah and her AJ we realize there is a catalyst that is controlling their views and actions.
Lucy meets Jennifer her client who has an odd request to help her increase her weight. Her initial meeting is not exactly what she hoped and the result is that she wanted to increase her weight to please Ross, her boyfriend. Although Lucy was on point and gave her a feasible program the result was Jennifer was going to do it her way and the outcome you won’t believe. Pleasing someone that is controlling and using you for his satisfaction is why Jennifer was blindsided and never really opened her eyes to the truth. When we learn what happens to Ross and Jennifer it should alert others to see what manipulation is and not fall prey to it. With poor self-esteem and not thinking she could function without Ross it’s like a tragedy similar to Romeo and Juliet.
Emma James takes a special interest in both Derek and Vanessa who blames herself for her daughter’s death as the author replays the incident when Emma used hypnotherapy to unleash her memories and help her to deal with the present.
Meet AJ and Pete hired to clean out Derek’s home for it to be sold. We enter and get to know his son and wife as the author through AJ lets us inside his son’s room, his wife’s belongings and we meet Kat whose actions and words send not only AJ and Hannah but Derek over the edge.
Staying late one evening after Lucy leaves, Emma is forced into someone’s vehicle and kidnapped. The person is not a stranger but the scenes are filled with abuse, physical and verbal abuse, and uncovered lies. Why does Emma feel she needs to help this mentally ill person? Why reason and why even care? The kidnapping is filled with sadness, veiled fear and attacks, and the hope that someone would save her.
Read his words on pages 51-52 and get to know this person. But Lucy falls prey to his wiles and almost becomes another victim as she has several dinners with him until she unravels the truth about his ex-wife and son. Memories flashback and this person relive the sadness as the author takes us deep inside the mind of this manipulative and mentally ill person.
When Emma’s fate is sealed and she has to face her future will it be to continue with her practice? Will her clinical supervisor give her suggestions and what about Lucy?
Author Louise Worthington takes readers inside the mind of this psychotherapist and we begin to understand why Emma, Lucy, Hannah, AJ, and even the kidnapper are,” like prisoners who have been incarcerated for a long time and have to learn to navigate new worlds and learn to trust, to live a free life without the stigma of the past.
An ending and final encounter who won’t believe and two women that have to seek new journeys as Lucy moves in one direction but what about the other will she ever be free of the bond she feels for the kidnapper? What will be the final destination of Dr. Glass?
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