Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Book Review: Shrink Rapt by Freda Hansburg

Shrink Rapt
By Freda Hansburg
Publication Date: September 2, 2014
Genre: Psychological Thriller

A little hypnosis can be a dangerous thing.

Psychologist April Simon reaches that conclusion when four of her most unstable patients begin to violently unravel following the murder of their psychiatrist, Lowell Morgenstern, April’s arrogant department chairman.  She suspects it’s no coincidence that all four were subjects in his research project.

As April tries to undo Morgenstern’s mayhem, she finds her colleagues turning resentful, her career on the line, and the chairman’s killer closing in.  Who can she trust?  Maybe Sam Perone, the attractive, cynical detective who seeks her help in solving Morgenstern’s murder – that is, when he’s not treating her as a suspect.  

My Review

Thriller fans you are going to love Shrink Rapt! Author Freda Hansburg has created a tangled web of characters that rapidly weave in and out of each others’ lives. Affairs, deceit, physicians interacting with their patients, murder and greed. It’s all here.

The central focus is around psychiatrist, Lowell Morgenstern and his patients. There are a select group of patients who are participating in a medical study for a new medication. Things seem to be going smoothly until Morgenstern is found dead and his colleague Dr. April Simon becomes a suspect.

This is a text-heavy story that maintains a fast-paced plot. Hansburg has constructed a brilliant psychological story that is sure to have your heart pumping in anticipation of what comes next. The characters are very believable, the therapy sessions are realistic, and there are a number of murder suspects. I never saw the ending coming - that means the writer was successful in crafting their tale. 

Author Bio

Freda Hansburg is a psychologist who lives with her husband in New Jersey. She is the co-author of the self-help books PeopleSmart and Working PeopleSmart. Shrink Rapt is her first novel.

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