Archive for the ‘Diane Lawson’ Category

Early in A Tightly Raveled Mind by Diane Lawson, the author TightlyRaveledMindwrites, “The Monday that my patient, Howard Westerman, blew himself to kingdom come started out like any ordinary workday–like the kind of everyday day that feeds our communal delusions that everyone we care about will live forever.”

Howard Westerman was Freudian psychoanalyst Nora Goodman’s first patient on Monday morning. Goodman thinks there may be foul play because Westerman was ultra organized and would not blow up himself up in his home laboratory. The police think it was an accident and refuse to investigate. At her urging, Detective Slaughter, who is assigned to the case, recommends a private detective, Miguel Ruiz to Goodman. He, too, is skeptical.

When Allison Forsythe, Goodman’s second Monday appointment “jumps” off a building the following Monday, Goodman feels that someone is targeting her clients. There is nothing in Forsythe’s personality that would allow her to jump off a building. Ruiz tends to agree that someone might be targeting Goodman’s patients, but the list of potential murders is small. It can’t be Goodman’s estranged husband and fellow psychiatrist, Richard Kleinman. It can’t be her patient who was a sniper in the war. She herself can be considered a suspect as well. Yet Goodman feels someone is out there and does not want to find on the following Monday, a third victim

Author Lawson, who herself is a psychiatrist, gives Goodman’s patients unique, screwed up personalities. She also gives her main characters, Goodman and Kleinman, totally screwed up personalities, making one pause and wonder how people with so many issues can possibly help others with so many issues (it takes one to know one?). There’s enough action and sex (some of it sort of kinky) to satisfy most readers. It’s an interesting premise. However, I did have an inkling of the answer midway through the book.

I can’t say this is the best mystery I’ve read in 2014, but it certainly held my interest.


Read Full Post »