Thursday, March 10, 2011

Thoughts at the halfway point of Parallel Lives

It's hard at the start with a book where one of the main characters is a therapist after you have read All in The Mind by Alistair Campbell.

But once you shake of a certain sense of de ja vu you get into a story that is fundamentally different. For a start the therapist here dies at the very start of the book leaving her patients bereft as they were working their way through their problems rather than having got to a stage where the therapy had ended.

Tagholm uses three characters to start to build a story around what happened to the therapist. As a 78 year old woman with diabetes the initial view of the legal establishment is that this is a case of suicide. But her patients and secretary dismiss that idea and start the process of trying to piece together what happened.

It is made harder of course because firstly they don't know anything about each other and they know not a great deal more about the therapist.

It's going to be interesting to see how the plot unravels as the three patients meet at the funeral and start to look to each other to provide some of the answers about the therapist's death.

A review will follow on completion...

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