Title: I’m a Therapist, and My Patient is Going to be the Next School Shooter
Author: Dr. Harper
Publication: January 27, 2019
Publisher: Dr. Harper Therapy
Genre: Horror, Short Stories
SYNOPSIS: (From Goodreads)
I’ve seen it all… A boy who planned to be the next school shooter. A patient with OCD whose loved ones really did suffer every time he missed a ritual. A choir boy who claimed he was being molested — not by a priest — but by God Himself. A patient with PTSD who gave me nightmares. A husband and wife who accused each other of abuse, and only one of them was telling the truth.
And how could I ever forget, Patient #220.
The problem is, my patients have a habit of dying. Sometimes I wonder if I’m the common denominator. Or maybe that’s just the cost of taking on exceptionally broken clients.
Either way, I’ll never stop trying to help.
I came across this book on Facebook in one of my book groups I’m part of. I was instantly intrigued and knew I had to read it. How interesting of a concept to get to peak inside patient files, even if they are fiction, and read from that aspect of the story. Not something I have done before. So I was all in.
Each “patient file” ended up having a link of sorts as a whole, but each one was about a different patient over the course of a lengthier bit of time. All in the eyes of the therapists notes.
I don’t like to be harsh, but right off the bat I knew I had been fooled a bit. While, yes, I knew this book was fiction and probably a bit… glamorized… to make it more interesting, I was expecting better. Better writing. Better story telling, Better story. The behavior of the characters was very out of character for who they were. A therapist who is basically stalking his patients at times, and treating his assistant completely innaporpriately. He even says, “I’m not proud of my actions” on more than one occasion. Any therapist that has to say that should not be a therapist anymore. Even a fake book therapist.
I was really excited to read this series because there are a bunch of books that have really interesting, catchy titles, but unfortunately I likely will not read more. While this was a quick, short read, it was just too much. Too unbelievable for me. I prefer a more based in reality type of story.
However, I always encourage you to read for yourself. Just because I did not like it does not mean you will not like it. So pick it up, check it out. It doesn’t take long to read and you never know. This might hit the spot for you.