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3.0 out of 5 stars Pedestrain Psychoanalyst Story, 14 Dec. 2013
This review is from: The Fractured Man (Paperback)
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Set in the 1920's we meet Elliot Taverley who is a psychoanalyst. He works at a charity clinic treating people with mental disorders and is also heavily into analysing hand writing; that is unlocking people's problems through their hand writing. He has a fiancé and also a best friend Stanislav whom he met during the post WW1 period when he went to Russia to try to repatriate his older brother. His family are all dead but that gets revealed fairly early on as not in `normal' circumstances.

We get to hear about his past and his present with his work and private life. Then one day a strange foreign man turns up to see him and has a devastatingly intriguing problem and its all to do with when he writes. Well Elliot soon becomes fascinated with his problem and as his preoccupation increases so the rest of his world starts to spiral in the wrong direction.

This is well written and has affair amount of `plot'. However, it is just not that engaging, I found Elliot to be rather unlikable and therefore didn't really ever build up enough empathy to care what happened to him, the same for virtually all of the characters except for his nurse and Satnislav's wife. Also Elliot seems to be obsessed with things that men normally don't' care about, the sort of observations that a woman is more likely to make. Things such as how a person is dressed and layers of makeup etc.

This seemed like a Mills and Boon (which is no bad thing) but with the romance pared back and as such I found it an unrewarding read and by no means a page turner. It may well have an audience but I am not in it -sorry.
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