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Lessons of Evil

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Portland, Oregon, 1989. Respected psychologist LAURA COVINGTON makes the life changing decision to give up her cushy corporate job and devote herself to community mental health. She desires a needier, grittier case load, and does she ever get it. She could never have anticipated the de
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Published May 1st 2011 by Mycomm One
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Jul 18, 2011 TC rated it 4 of 5 stars
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Write a book description that mentions psychology, cults and suspense and you'll probably have, at the very least, piqued my interest.

This book is set in Oregon in 1989. Laura Covington is a psychologist who has given up private practice to join a community mental health unit, moving from a city to a small town with her mother and 5 year old Wade, who she became guardian of when a client died.

Her new clients range from the slightly odd to the seriously ill. One of those at the latter end of the
A disturbing début novel by Linda Myers.

Based around a cluster of multiple personality patients this story raises interesting and worrying questions about the influence of cults in our society.

Tense and surprisingly hard to put down, I was trapped in this book from the start. Not to say I read it in one sitting. The subject and the writing is intense and I needed some breaks from the emotional stress. Now, a week after I finished reading “Lessons of Evil”, it is still exercising my mind. I am lo
The author sent me this book about 18 months ago and I tossed it into the pile as "just another thriller" with an uninspired cover. Okay, that may have been a mistake...

This was an awesome suspense/thriller. There's some tough topics in here dealing with child abuse, but it's not excessive for the reader. There is a lot of information about cults as well as Multiple Personality Disorder and I found that stuff really interesting - it really added to my understanding of both along with moving the
John Overman
This was a fascinating thriller with more twists and turns than a NASCAR race. It took me a while to really get into it as the author had to develop a lot of characters and some aspects of psychology that most of us are unfamiliar with.

As the story progressed I found myself more and more sympathetic with not only the positive but also the negative characters. It was easy to identify with not only Dr. Covington and her family but the quirkly mental patients took on endearing characteristics as we
implausible story of a cult leader who intentionally abuses children in order for them to split into multiple personalities and the psychologist who takes on the leader and his victims.
This chilling novel has an easy to empathize with main character with believable family members and friends and an intriguing description of Multiple Personality Disorder and how a psychologist might work with clients with horrific abuse backgrounds. The story darkens as it describes the realities of human evil and the purposeful abuse of innocents. The author writes with both humor and warmth about a mental health setting in the 1980's and with a steady and clear description of the psychopath/c ...more
A great book about situational ethics and the mysteries of human psychology. Featuring a number of well-developed, strong female characters, this book was a satisfying read.

It was so incredibly tense and evocative that I had to stop myself from reading this fascinating novel too close to bedtime if I wanted to get to sleep. I don't usually read books like this, but it was so compelling!

Note that at the end of Lessons of Evil there is a preview of Linda B. Myer's newest novel, Fun House Chronicle
Gordon Richards
This book deals with scary themes ... the side of 'good' has to fight very hard. And does it win? Maybe. There is humor when you most need it (gag me with a spoon!!) but mostly a heart thumping adventure.
Carole Richards
A good read, starts a little slow to give reader the info you need, then really takes off. Fun to hear some of the 80s speak again, too. A tough female lead character that I'd like to hear more from.
This book wasn't so bad. And it built up as it went along.
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