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Before I let you in : a novel
2018
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Before I Let You In -1- NOW Where would you like to start? Hmm. Is something funny? That's what I always used to say to my patients. It gives them a sense of control over the session. Except we both know I'm not in control here, don't we? Is it important for you to believe that? I know what you're trying to do. You're trying to put me at ease so I open up and confess my darkest fears and then you can tell them I'm crazy. I feel crazy. You can write that down. Why don't you start at the beginning, Karen? When you first met Jessica Hamilton. That's not the beginning. It's where all this started, I suppose, but it's not really the beginning. It started way before all that, before I met Bea and Eleanor, Michael. It started with what happened when I was four years old. Would you like to talk about that? What happened to you when you were a child? No. I don't want to talk about that, and they don't want to hear about it. They want to know about how she died. Go on. You can't fix me. Pardon? Those were some of the first words Jessica Hamilton ever said to me, the words I still hear on a loop in my mind. I remember thinking she was wrong, I fixed people all the time; it was my job. What I didn't realize then was that she never wanted to be fixed in the first place; that was never her intention. I didn't know it yet, but she was there to fix me. Excerpted from Before I Let You In: A Novel by Jenny Blackhurst All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.
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British author Blackhurst's engrossing second novel (after 2017's How I Lost You) focuses on 30-somethings Karen Browning, Bea Barker, and Eleanor Whitney, who have been close friends since childhood and all live in the same unnamed English town. Eleanor, who's married, juggles the responsibilities of caring for two children. Bea, who's single, likes to talk about her various dates. Karen, a psychiatrist who lives with her boyfriend, is the group's anchor and fiercely protective of her friends. But each woman harbors secrets they can't share for fear these private matters would ruin the friendships. Their bonds are tested when Jessica Hamilton, a new patient of Karen's, seems to know intimate details about each woman and hints that she's having an affair with Eleanor's husband. Soon, odd things start to happen to the three: objects are moved from their houses and they receive damning emails, but the supposed sender denies writing them. Blackhurst enhances this briskly moving tale about the depths and limits of friendship with expert twists and subtle misdirections. (Apr.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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"An astounding and original thriller with a complex relationship between three women at its heart and an explosive conclusion." --B. A. Paris, New York Times bestselling author of Behind Closed Doors <br> <br> The next gripping psychological thriller by the author of How I Lost You , Jenny Blackhurst's #1 international bestseller, about a psychiatrist and patient relationship that turns not only toxic...but deadly.<br> <br> Karen, Eleanor, and Bea have been best friends since childhood. They know everything about each other's lives, or at least they think they do. Now in their thirties, though their lives are beginning to diverge: Eleanor is a young wife and mother who is struggling to cope with her many responsibilities; Bea is happy being single--or so she lets people think; and Karen is a psychiatrist who, despite the secrets in her past, considers herself the anchor of the group.<br> <br> But when she takes on a new patient with issues she just can't quite put her finger on, she begins to realize she may have put her dearest friends in danger. Because her patient knows more about these three women than anyone outside their circle possible could. Or should...
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