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The Good Patient

3.85 of 5 stars 3.85  ·  rating details  ·  111 ratings  ·  13 reviews
Darien is a young woman who seems to have everything: a successful job, an adoring husband, and a bright future. She also has a tendency towards violent, self-destructive outbursts when she's alone. When her private life spirals out of control, her husband and her therapist desperately try to help her uncover her horrible secrets before she destroys herself. Unfortunately, ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published April 6th 2004 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published February 13th 2003)
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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
Teresa Difiore
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.
Mar 29, 2009 Mok rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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
Taylor Winters
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
Melissa Lee-tammeus
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
Erin Coleman
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
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.
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.
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.
I liked it but I felt there was something missing which I could not quite put my finger on.
I love this book.
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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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