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Amanda Memories Perfect Paperback – January 10, 2010
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Then a beautiful, green-eyed, but deeply troubled young woman becomes his patient. Amanda Wagner becomes so dependent on Brian, that he actually is aroused by her dependence and it causes him to question his future. His colleagues help him to see the light, but Amanda starts to stalk him and follow him around in his private life, going so far as dating his college dorm mate, Jack.
Brian receives his degree and transfers Amanda's care to another intern, who soon points out to Brian, that Amanda's love for Brian is not a one-way street. He tries to deny her claim, but finds it true, and tries to put Amanda behind him and move on with his life. Brian becomes so entrenched in his work, that his marriage is falling apart.
Some years later Jack reenters the picture, he is working in Hollywood and offers Brian a radio and talk show, something similar to Dr. Phil, but it ended up more like Jerry Springer. His wife Nancy while happy with the income is still not happy with Brian. She finds out that he has been keeping tabs all along on Amanda, and starts to have affairs of her own. Then Amanda calls Brian and tells him she's getting married and wants him at the wedding. Brian immediately takes off for Florida, he feels Amanda is making a big mistake.
Brian goes to meet Amanda at her hotel and the next thing he knows, Amanda is dead, and he is found next to her body, the prime suspect of her murder. Nancy is his only hope. She sets out on the task to prove his innocence and it leads her into Amanda's tortured past and all the secrets that go with it.
I LIKED IT!!!!
I was emotionally caught up in this psychological thriller from the start, it dragged a little in the middle, but the ending made the whole read worth it. Being written by a psychologist, that actually attended the school in the book and his history in radio and television makes you feel he is writing a story about himself and one of his patients or he has combined several of his patients into Amanda. It is very true to life and well worth your time to read this emotional roller coaster ride that is Amanda Memories.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the author via Newman Communications. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
Brian Roberts is driven to be an exceptional student and psychologist, so when Amanda Wagner was first assigned to him when he was an intern, he worked hard to reach and understand all of the many issues that was undoubtedly driving Amanda's present lifestyle--issues that she had long ago forced back so far that she would now only capture glimpses of her past during her nightmares.
Yes, Brian was attracted to Amanda--she was indeed a beautiful young woman and many times Amanda came into their sessions and worked to seduce her young counselor, only to explode angrily when he would back off and try to work to control the situation. Amanda soon admitted that she had fallen in love with Brian, but through Brian's continuous control, she was also able to begin to trust, and depend upon him.
Brian had been involved with Nancy since they were young and Brian was totally in love with her, to the point that he would discuss with her as much as he could about this patient. Although Nancy never totally accepted his ongoing involvement, she forced herself to live with it.
One other character plays a significant part in the relationships that were being developed. Jack had greeted Brian when he first arrived to begin his internship; totally opposite in character from Brian, he was a player, but nonetheless was able to help Brian take some needed breaks away from his studies. He was also the one who discovered that Amanda was "working" out of a local club.
And then many years later, Jack called Brian and offered to represent him to become a "TV talk show doc." And that's when all of the trouble really began!
Nancy was upset that Brian worked all of the time; Brian was upset that his "Dr. Phil"-like program began to be more like "Jerry Springer's." Nobody was happy, but when Amanda called for the first time in years and asked Brian to come see her, Nancy had already become involved with others and they became even more divided when Brian immediately left for Florida! Where Amanda was murdered and Brian was found lying next to her!
Dr. Gecht has done an outstanding representation of the potential psychological problems faced by Amanda. Unfortunately with today's child abuse and greedy individuals, the story rang very true! If Brian represents his own sensitive, empathic efforts to some extent, I would think that Dr. Gecht's clients have one of the best of those psychologists working in the field today.
A true-to-life psychological suspense that is highly recommended by this reviewer; the ending was gratifyingly unique and one that makes the book well worth an 8/9 for me, in a ranking of 1-5!
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