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The Good Patient

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Brilliant, acerbic, funny, and relentless, Darien Gilbertson appears to have it all: a successful career, a husband who loves her absolutely, and all the material comforts of a New York life. But Darien is in trouble – on the run from her emotions, and from a past that resurrects itself in acts of self-mutilation she neither understands nor cares to explore. After years of ...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published February 13th 2003 by St. Martin's Press
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I think this may have been one of the best books I ever read. It was the kind of read where you just want to race through it, but the subject matter is so trying that it really makes you take a couple pauses to think.

The main character, Darien, seems to be your average, mid-20s New York City PR professional on the outside. But inside is a whole different story, because mentally, she's a wreck. She's a self-harmer, in ways that go beyond cutting. The whole story is pretty much about her relations
Mar 29, 2009 Mok rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Readers who like pyschology
Recommended to Mok by: The author's mother
THE GOOD PATIENT is a serious book written by a first time writer. It is Well written and informational.

A woman, who has psychological issues has been to many therapists about her problems. She really is not interested in getting well and actually sabotages
her therapy sessions. That is until she meets a new therapist that is different from the rest.

The reading is not for the frail. The author vividly describes how the injuries occur to the subject-blow by blow.

I never quite understood why sick
Erin Coleman
Nov 21, 2014 Erin Coleman rated it it was amazing
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Loved this book! Darien was such a fun character to follow: witty, smart, vulnerable, self-destructive... I got way more emotionally involved in her relationship with her and her husband than I expected to, which (spoilers) made the end a little frustrating for me. He knows Darien inside and out and loves her for all her flaws, but somehow he can't wrap his mind around the fact that she didn't lie to him on purpose? I don't know, I kind of wanted to smack him upside the head for not being there ...more
Melissa Lee-Tammeus
Oct 02, 2011 Melissa Lee-Tammeus rated it it was amazing
Loved this book - right up my alley. A chick and a counselor. Chick is alcoholic and hurts herself a lot. We don't know why. Counselor helps her. Husband is really confused. Chick has psychotic break discovering why she hurts herself. Counselor helps her. It doesn't work. Husband helps her. It doesn't work. Ending - I won't tell. Excellent book for anyone who is interested in the psyche and how it all goes down in the counseling chair and in the client chair. Kudos. Not sappy. Smart and clever a ...more
Nov 07, 2011 Taylor rated it it was ok
This was actually a rather odd book. I was following along with it, until the middle came where it seemed to have flipped to incessant, confusing, mind-racing fragments. But nothing was as disappointing as the end; now that's what you call a n incomplete conclusion. You can't just leave it at that, when just pages before that seemed impossible! And no sign of a sequel.. Other than the insanely disappointing conclusion, the book was a blend of psychotic irregularities in a half reality, half drea ...more
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Aug 16, 2014 Teresa Difiore rated it it was amazing
Extremely and eloquently written depicting the daily struggles as well as denials of a woman facing mental health issues. On the exterior we see a highly intelligent successful, charismatic character avoiding a would be downfall to her mental state. Her ways of dealing with pain and anger as she suppresses family memories so as to avoid pain keep one glued to the page...when will she finally unravel? Highly recommend this well rounded and intellectually stimulating book.
May 21, 2007 Karen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book gives a really interesting look at the way someone who seemingly has it all can totally fall apart. People's lives are not as perfect as they sometimes seem on the outside. I was a little disappoitned by the ending, but I still recommend it.
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I would reccomend this book to anyone who has the vague feeling that they loathe themselves and is self-destructing their way to a hard, clear vision of why.
Jan 06, 2010 Dee rated it liked it
This is the story of a self-destructive young woman with secrets that she has buried in her subconscious. Her husband and therapist try to help her before she goes too far.
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Kristin Waterfield Duisberg has taught creative writing at Boston University and the Grub Street Writers Workshop in Boston. She has worked in professional communications for J.P. Morgan and Massachusetts General Hospital and currently is the editor of the UNH Magazine at the University of New Hampshire. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband, two children, and two exceedingly hairy golden re ...more
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