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The Double Bind by Chris Bohjalian
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Nov 27, 2008

it was amazing
bookshelves: recommended, fiction, reviewed-books
Read in December, 2008

Although I am familiar with Chris Bohjalian, the title caught my eye. I was told (by an editor who recently read about 80 pages of my novel--in-progress), that the mother of my POV character was a classic case of the Double Bind personality. I had not heard of this before. (Google it to discover what it is -- or read this book!) In part, the editor was correct, but, of course, not having read the whole book, she couldn't make a definite assessment. It was helpful, though. As was this book -- in opening up a new area of "personality disorder", if you will, which I find fascinating.

I was blown away by this psychological mystery story. After the first 3 chapters, I put it down for a while. When I next picked it up, I couldn't put it back down again. I am not going to go into detail: I don't want to spoil anything!

I think this excellently crafted story would be great for anyone involved in a book club. (There is a Reading Group Discussion Guide at the end.)Or anyone who enjoys reading a story that has been expertly manipulated by its author -- and maybe, anyone that can afford to stay up all night reading...



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Beeteach7 This book was awful. Unsuspecting book club members should not be assaulted by it.


Beeteach7 This book was awful. Unsuspecting book club members should not be assaulted by it.


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Eileen Davidoff I liked this book - working in a state mental hospital I guess the topic really peaked my interest- I kind of figured out the twist before hand but enjoyed the ride. I actually have enjoyed all of his books,!,


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