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But Inside I'm Screaming

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3.43 of 5 stars 3.43  ·  rating details  ·  2,188 ratings  ·  227 reviews
While breaking the hottest news story of the year, broadcast journalist Isabel Murphy falls apart on live television in front of an audience of millions. She lands at Three Breezes, a four-star psychiatric hospital nicknamed the "nut hut," where she begins the painful process of recovering the life everyone thought she had.

But accepting her place among her fellow patients
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ebook, 320 pages
Published September 1st 2005 by Harlequin MIRA (first published September 1st 2003)
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Melissa
I thought this book was so annoying. Seriously, how many times do you need to say "adirondack chair"... I mean, is the type of chair you sit and smoke in THAT important? No. I get it. You sit in adirondack chairs. Also, it was so unoriginal. Think a crappy and way less interesting version of "Girl, Interrupted" (or any similar 'I'm in the psych ward but I shouldn't be' book). I was bored and unimpressed.
Melissa
So this could have been a very interesting book. It had all the right elements and a main character that could have been compelling. But sadly it had no depth to it, and things were "told" instead of "shown."

Isabel breaks down on live television and as a result, heads home to commit suicide. She doesn't quite succeed though and finds herself transported to the mental institution of Three Breezes. Here she doesn't feel as if she belongs with the other patients. She doesn't think she's quite craz
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Valerie
But Inside I'm Screaming by Elizabeth Flock was a really good read. I enjoyed it thoroughly, although perhaps it is not a book to be enjoyed. It is possibly more accurate to say that I connected with the book.

The main character is Isabel Murphy who is a successful international broadcast journalist, loving wife, perfect daughter but suicidal human. She freezes up on national television while trying to cover the breaking news of car crash in which Princess Diana died. Following this, Isabel finds
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Susanhayeshotmail.com
I keep a couple of stacks of paperbacks piled up on my nightstand, which is actually a bookcase, for those "just in case" moments when I either don't have anything to read or don't like what I've been reading or just need a break from something heavier. This book was in that stack, or one of them, picked up quite awhile ago from a Friends of the Library sale cart. I pick things up for all kinds of reasons, the title, a review I've read, a recommendation from friends or goodreads, because I saw i ...more
Gina
Meet Isabel: successful international broadcast journalist, loving wife, perfect daughter, suicidal human.

After freezing up on national television while trying to cover the breaking news of Princess Diana's car crash, Isabel finds herself at Three Breezes, a top of the line psychiatric hospital. She has no idea why she's there. Maybe it's the two suicide attempts? The meltdown on live TV? The point is, she isn't like any of those other patients who are seriously crazy. She just wants to be rele
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Louise
I'm a little disappointed in this book after having read "Me & Emma". Totally different stories I understand and very different subject matters. However, I just didn't get an overall feeling of "ahhhh, THAT was a good novel!" Nonetheless, I did finish it. Perhaps it was the fact that I've just finished reading "A Million Little Pieces" and hearing about and reading all the surrounding hoopla and controversy surrounding that book! Halfway through this book I quickly lost interest and thought ...more
Evangeline
What i liked best about this novel about a woman who suffers a breakdown and is admitted to a psychiatric hospital is the difference between Isabel and the other patients. Isabel is suffering from severe depression, whereas most of the other patients are suffering from illnesses like manic depression/bipolar disorder or schizophrenia. So because of the other patients' bouts of mania, paranoia, etc, Isabel is completely indignant as to why she is among them as, compared to them, she feels 'normal ...more
AJ LeBlanc
Meet Isabel: successful international broadcast journalist, loving wife, perfect daughter, suicidal human.

After freezing up on national television while trying to cover the breaking news of Princess Diana's car crash, Isabel finds herself at Three Breezes, a top of the line psychiatric hospital. She has no idea why she's there. Maybe it's the two suicide attempts? The meltdown on live TV? The point is, she isn't like any of those other patients who are seriously crazy. She just wants to be relea
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Jool
I found this to be a great read. Told in first person and flashbacks, this describes a young woman's mental breakdown and subsequent admission to a psychiatric hospital. I found this intriguing, told from the point of view of the patient herself.
Connie
I could not put this book down! I read it in one sitting. A captivating look at what mental illness must look like and feel like. Very well written and keeps you hooked from the start.
Rebecca
But Inside I'm Screaming was a really interesting book about Isabel a reporter who has a breakdown during her segment on the news channel during the tragedy of Princess Diana. She is then booked into a physicist tic hospital called a Three Breezes. At first Isabel wants nothing to do with the program or the building. But soon she begins to meet new people and really open up about her issues which include her failed relationship,her stressful job and her family dynamics and many more. Isabel thou ...more
Kathie Giorgio
Well, let's first look at this book this way. It's a book about a woman who has a breakdown and ends up in a mental institution called Three Breezes. In the book, there is:

the main character, a woman with Daddy issues
a full crew of crazy folks
the understanding therapist
the overworked maligned group therapist
the nurse who is a jerk
the nurse who is a cheerleader

In other words, the usual line-up of characters in a psych ward novel. I was so disappointed. Because the book led with the main character
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Sean Whelan
Not sure how I came across this book but glad I did. TV personality suffers a breakdown whole covering princess Diana and we follow her story of treatment in a mental ward with many troubled people in with her. There remains such a stigma with mental illness and a book that sheds light on the issue is welcomed.
Becky
I read this book during my flights home from vacation. It felt like such a quick read. I have other books by Emma Flock but, this is the first one that I have read.

Isabel Murphy had been living a fast paced life as a broadcast journalist, loving wife, and perfect daughter. When she suffers a mental breakdown on live television, she makes a suicide attempt that lands her in the "nut hut". This story follows Isabel through her journey to the depths of severe depression and the path to recovery.

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Christina
I guess I like stories with mental institutions. I really liked this one, shows how a person with a seemingly easy life can fall apart
Melissa Lee-tammeus
This kind of book is right up my alley as far as fiction is concerned. Seemingly together woman falls apart at her job, tries to take her own life, and ends up in a mental hospital. Think One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest from a woman's perspective with a bit more action on the side of therapy and much more modern. If you are interested in the role of the psyche and how we come back from difficult spaces, this is the book for you. A great look at the degrees of mental illness and the hope of worki ...more
Leslie
Pretty honest book! If you ever wondered what it might be like to be severely depressed, and I mean severely, this is a really good depiction. Some people may be put off by the italicized inner thoughts of Isabel, but I found it to be a pretty relatable attitude. While she is feeling like she doesn't belong there, in the inpatient hospital, she is critical of the other patients in really mean ways. When she gets better, she still has those thoughts, but her perspective is different and healthier ...more
Aimee
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Sharon
"But Inside I'm Screaming" is a great read for Mental Health Awareness Month (every May).

Protagonist Isabel Murphy is a successful newscaster for a major network. Her personal life, with a demanding mother, absent father and abusive husband, is a shambles. Her breakdown takes place on national television as she attempts to report on Princess Diana's death. She goes home from her failed broadcast, attempts suicide, and is committed to an inpatient mental hospital.

Isabel and her fellow patients ar
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Leah
On the night Princess Diana is killed in a car accident in Paris, Isabel Murphy finds herself propelled onto live television, just waiting to make a statement to the public regarding Diana’s accident. However when the time comes for her to go live on-air, Isabel clams up and seems to break down. After trying to kill herself she voluntarily checks herself into a psychiatric hospital in the hopes of overcoming her breakdown. The question is: what drove Isabel to unravel live on television?

I’ve bee
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Sydney
This book was a bit of a surprise for me. I wasn't sure I would like it, as the subject matter is a bit heavy. A network news anchor has a breakdown on live TV while reporting on the death of Princess Diana. She attempts suicide and ends up in an inpatient psychiatric treatment facility. Not exactly easy material. But the story moved very quickly. Isabel can't see that she has serious mental issues so she fights the treatment. Once she reaches the very depths of despair, her doctor suggests shoc ...more
Rhonda Rae Baker
This was a great novel addressing the craziness that we sometimes get ourselves into, especially when we are prone to think of others only and not consider our own needs in life.

Something happen to a person that is entirely focused on pleasing others. I'm all too aware of this and could understand exactly what Ms. Flock was talking about. She portrayed her characters on-spot and I would have to agree with the symptoms and dialogue they shared with each other. Very interesting and enlightening as
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Kate
What happened to Isabel? An upcoming news anchor with a bright future freezes on camera. Unable to bear the shame of her failure and ridicule of her colleagues, she takes a blade to her wrists.
She is saved; committed to a hospital, sharing a living space with people who don’t have it together. She doesn’t think she’s like them. She has dark thoughts, but she can control them. Can’t she?
What brought her here?
Readers may find this story weaker than that of Girl, Interrupted. In fact, the story se
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Bel Vidal
Isabel is a high achieving, successful woman who falls pray to depression and ends up in a mental hospital after a very public breakdown (on live TV).
I am interested in this subject matter which is what motivated me to pick up this book. I know about depression. I have dealt with depression. I have written about depression. However, this book was too depressive even for me. There is no humour or lightness in it. Isabel was a very unsympathetic character, and she has very little sympathy or time
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Susan O'Bryant
I was prepared to not like this book. I was afraid it would be simplified or cliched, or both; however, I was pleased to discover this novel was neither. Isabel, the heroine, says "People look at me and they see this happy face, but inside I'm screaming. It's just that no one hears me." Who hasn't felt like that from time to time? Most of us are just lucky enough to not spiral down into the mental health crisis that Isabel faced. While I write this review, I am having to restrain from referring ...more
Cindy
I found the author's descent from successful broadcast journalist to a suicidal patient in a mental hospital both interesting and alarming. The author intertwined clues and reasons for Isabel's illness throughout the book which offered just enough mystery to maintain my interest. I wanted to learn all the answers and reasons behind Isabel's illness. It seems the author provided reasons but also left the reader to form their own opinions. This was particularly true with the ending of the book. I ...more
Lina
This book is about the experience of a suicidal woman in the mental hospital and her journey from severe depression to hoping for the future. It also includes the stories of other patients in the hospital and her odd friendship with them, despite her initial refusal to relate to any of them.
The plot is simple, actually includes bits and fragments of the story of Isabel, but the real value of this book is that it gives you some insight of what's going through the minds of patients of mental hospi
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Darlene ysaguirre
So this book is about Isabel a woman who suffers a mental breakdown on national television, and then attempts suicide. She then gets checked into a inpatient mental treatment facility. Its there that she has to get to the root of her depression and suicidal thoughts as well as her anxiety. Its here at Three Breezes that she learns to cope and for the first time sees a future for herself. In her journey to discovering her happiness at the clinic she meets some crazy quirky characters which makes ...more
Ptreick
For me, this book didn't go far enough.

I have no doubt of the writer's skill, but I thought it really wasn't utilized in the best possible way. The premise was fascinating for me, and the first chapter horrifying in a could-this-happen-to-anyone, could-it-happen-to-me kind of way, but the book never really delivered on the promise.

Some plot points got short shrift, I thought -- the husband was manipulating and abusive, but those issues weren't resolved. And if his abuse was criminal in some way,
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Zoe
After reading the description of this book, I expected something quite tough-going and powerful. Unfortunately, this failed to evoke any emotions from me and I just couldn't warm to the lead character like I'm sure I was supposed to. The plot was weak and I found myself "plodding through the chapters" rather than being gripped to it. Saying that, it certainly wasn't "bad". It passed the time.
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Former print journalist Elizabeth Flock reported for TIME and PEOPLE magazines before becoming an on-air correspondent for CBS News. Her acclaimed debut novel, BUT INSIDE I'M SCREAMING, chronically the psychological struggles of a young television reporter in New York, was released in 2003. Her second novel, ME & EMMA, became a New York Times bestseller and was an Indiebound (formerly Booksen ...more
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