Sunday, 3 March 2019

Escaping Psychiatry: Beginnings by Olga Nunez Miret + #FreeBook

Escaping Psychiatry: Beginnings by Olga Nunez Miret
Published by Just Olga Books in February 2016.

E for my 2019 Alphabet Soup Challenge and one of my 2019 Mount TBR Challenge reads

How I got this book:
Received a review copy from the publisher via NetGalley

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

How far would a writer go for a killer story? This is the question psychiatrist Mary Miller must answer to solve the first mystery/thriller of her career. You can get to know the main characters of this psychological thriller series for FREE and test your own acumen and intuition in this novella about the price of ambition.

Dr Mary Miller is a young psychiatrist suffering a crisis of vocation. Her friend Phil, a criminalist lawyer working in New York, invites her to visit him and consult on the case of a writer accused of a serious assault. His victim had been harassing him and accusing him of stealing his story, which he’d transformed into a best-selling book. The author denies the allegation and claims it was self-defence. When the victim dies, things get complicated. The threshold between truth and fiction becomes blurred and secrets and lies unfold.

Escaping Psychiatry. Beginnings is the prequel to Escaping Psychiatry a volume collecting three stories where Mary and her psychiatric expertise are called to help in a variety of cases, from religious and race affairs, to the murder of a policeman, and in the last case she gets closer than ever to a serial killer.

If you enjoy this novella, don’t forget to check Mary’s further adventures. And there are more to come. 

Escaping Pschiatry: Beginnings is a prequel novella which introduces the characters who, I presume, will go on to become the central focus as this series progresses. In this story we meet Dr Mary Miller and see her working ad hoc for a firm of lawyers at the request of her friend. I was surprised at how easily Mary seemed to get access to sensitive information about the case. I felt that a longer story with more chance to get to know everyone would have been better because I found it difficult to really empathise or fully understand motivations, but it was quite an intriguing mystery and an unusual set-up which appealed to me. I'm not sure that I would read any more from this series as lawyer stories aren't one of my preferred genres, but Escaping Psychiatry: Beginnings could be a good choice for readers who do like this style of novel.

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  1. Sounds like it could be an interesting series.

    1. I'm curious as to how the characters will develop