Sunday, 12 July 2015
The Crazy Psychologist
Doctor Angie Lawrence is the director of a new, purpose-built centre for assessing and treating damaged teenagers.
She employs interesting an unorthodox treatments. These include nude swims for some patients, sessions with an African Grey Parrot call Harry (Don't worry about Harry, he is on the staff!) and Arthur, a Bassett Hound, amongst others treatments for the patients who vary from sufferers from abuse, eating disorders, elective mutes, the overly aggressive and so on.
As part of her treatment regimen she also offers her patients some varying degrees of responsibilities, as a way of overcoming the traumas that drove them to be treated by Doctor Lawrence in the first place,
She is married to Sam, who is an artist of some renown. He is particularly gifted as a painter of seascapes and he believes that Orkney will be the perfect location for him to explore his art.
But Sam is concerned about his wife's unorthodox methods. Are these, somehow, related to the traumas that afflicted the young Angie?
Sam is torn between trying to understand the methods in her madness, or the madness in her methods.
He is trying to protect his wife from her own self and from the demons that are welling up from her own past.
But what can her do? How can he protect her from the authorities?
How can he help her to overcome the demons of her childhood before they overcome her?
This is an interesting and utterly compelling novel from author Miller H. Caldwell.
It is published by Matador at £8.99 on August 28.