Book Review - Tortured Memory - Lawrence W Gold | Miki's Hope

Book Review - Tortured Memory - Lawrence W Gold

Tuesday, February 11, 2014



I truly love medical Mystery/Psychological Thrillers and Lawrence W Gold is a master at writing them. It helps that he is a retired physician! When he wrote to me to tell me that Tortured Memory would be free on Amazon from 2/7 - 2/9 I jumped on it--I even told all of you about it on my FaceBook page, Google+ and Twitter--I hope some of you took advantage-(no, I am not an affiliate of Amazon)-this is one really good book! If you didn't and you truly love medical Mystery/Psychological Thrillers I suggest you start reading all the books this author has written!

Abbie Adler, who was sexually abused by her father as a young girl, managed to overcome and become a general, child, and adolescent psychiatrist to treat sexually abused girls. But did she really? She emphasizes with her patients and does not or can not always keep a mental distance. She has her own therapist/friend/mentor who she still sees when things get really to rough for her mind to handle. She suddenly finds herself with a couple of patients who she probably never should have taken on! One of them the son of her own therapist.

Abbie's husband, a pediatrician, has his doubts about her therapist but Abbie insists on staying with him-she trusts him. Then the unthinkable happens-Abbie is somehow found in the woods in her car-catatonic. She is finally brought out of this state but has no recollection of what happened. When her memory finally returns in full--well--I will let you read that for yourself!! Another 5 star in my opinion and I can't wait to read some more of this author's work!


About the Book: (from Amazon)

Tortured Memory
A Mystery/Psychological Thriller
(A Brier Hospital Novel)
By
Lawrence W. Gold, M.D.

Dr. Abbie Adler had chosen general, child, and adolescent psychiatrist to treat sexually abused girls. As a victim of such abuse herself, Abbie’s insights make her an effective therapist. In addition, her practice includes adult patients and provides group and individual therapy for a broad range of psychiatric problems including depression, personality disorders, psychopathy, and malignant narcissism.
On a December evening, the Berkeley Police find Abbie sitting in her car at Inspiration Point overlooking the East Bay of San Francisco. She’s bruised and catatonic. They transport her to Brier Hospital where they admit her to the psychiatric ward. The nature of her condition, and its cause, remain a mystery. After standard treatments fail, her psychiatrist recommends electroshock therapy. Finally, she awakens but remembers nothing of the month preceding. In addition, she discovers significant memory gaps from the past few years.
Abbie had been treating two victims of the Chabot rapist who targeted girls and as she’s making progress in their care, unbelievably, someone abducts and strangles them. Their deaths devastate Abbie.
During Abbie’s difficult recovery, memories of past events gradually return. They are fragmentary and torture her with memory flashes and nightmares. Gradually, she begins to suspect that one of her adult patients may be the strangler. When the police find Abbie’s prime suspect brutally murdered, both she and the police are befuddled. Abbie struggles to discover the identity of the strangler and those who may be abetting his actions. Will he/they get away with it?

Read a couple of chapters here

Buy the book here

About the Author: (from Amazon)


I was born in the Bensonhurst section of Brooklyn, moved to Queens, and then, as New Yorkers say, we ascended to the Island.
After graduating from Valley Stream Central High School, I went to Adelphi, a college then, a university now, and then to medical school in Chicago.
The war in Vietnam interrupted my postgraduate training with a year in Colorado Springs and another as a Battalion Surgeon in Vietnam. I spent seven months in the Central Highlands with the 4th Infantry and five months in an evacuation hospital in Long Binh outside Saigon where I ran the emergency room.
I returned intact in 1968 to complete my training in internal medicine and diseases of the kidney, nephrology.
I worked for twenty-three years in Berkeley, California in a hospital-based practice caring for patients with complicated illnesses often in ICU and served as Chief of Medicine.
My wife Dorlis and I retired in October 1995 and sailed under the Golden Gate Bridge for a life at sea in Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean.
Four years later, exhausted from repairing everything on board, (often many times) we sold the sailboat and within a year took the lazy man's out; we bought a Nordic Tug, a trawler. We motored around Florida, the Bahamas, the entire East Coast and completed two 'Circle trips' to Canada and back, eight months, the first time, five months, the second.
I wrote professionally as a physician to inform but rarely to entertain, at least not on purpose.
First, Do No Harm was published in April 2007. No Cure for Murder was released in August 2011. For the Love of God was published in January 2012 and The Sixth Sense in July 2012.
In the last two years, I've written three screenplays based on my novels and hope to see one or more produced for the screen. I submitted my screenplay, Rage to the 80th Annual Writer's Digest contest and won honorable mention (57 out of 11,000).
We live in beautiful Grass Valley with 13 year old Mike, a terrier mix and Bennie, a 7 year old purebred though enormous Yorkie.

Author's Website
Dr. Gold's Fiction and Medical News
Facebook
Twitter-still under construction!
Goodreads






Amazon had this ebook free of charge from 2/7-2/9 and I grabbed it!! All opinions expressed are my own honest opinions. For more information please check my Disclosure Statement. Our giveaways are in no way sponsored or promoted by Facebook.

29 comments :

Lawna Noe said...

I love the fact that you can read a couple free chapters so you can see if you want to buy the book or not.

Masshole Mommy said...

I missed this one, but I am going to read the first chapters and see if it draws me in. If so, I will definitley buy it because I love a good medical Mystery/Psychological Thriller!!

Coolmoms Cooltips said...

I didn't get this one. I love when authors are professionals in other fields as the insight they bring is incredible to make you really live a strory

(Terry) My Journey With Candida said...

I love a good mystery and if it is really good, ... I can read it in no time flat. This sounds very good.

Emily Stephens said...

This story sounds intriguing. I'm going to check out the sample chapters!

Beth said...

Sounds pretty scary. Would you recommend this even for people who have gone through sexual/physical abuse or do you think this type of story could be a trigger? (In other words, is the ending good? ;))

Nikki said...

Oooh, this one sounds like a really good one! I'm going to check out the sample chapters!

Ashley B. said...

OOOhhhh! Now this sounds like a great book! I'm definitely putting it on my must-read list!

mail4rosey said...

Very compelling... and you left us at a cliffhanger! I'm intrigued. I bet her memories have something to do w/the therapist! I hope not her husband...

AMBER EDWARDS said...

I love a good mystery, but I don't know if I could handle such a topic. Sometimes it is too hard for my heart to read about abuse, even in fictions. My sister was abused; so it's too close to home.

Amberlee said...

It sounds like a great book! I love mystery thrillers too! They always keep me hooked! I will have to check it out, thanks!

Theresa Mahoney said...

My best friends mom LOVES books along the medical/psychological thriller lines. I bet she would really enjoy this author. I will have to pass the info along!

Triplezmom said...

I am such a mystery addict. I will have to check out the chapters and add it to my book wish list!

Sarah-Louise Bailey said...

Oh no I missed it being free it sounds like a fantastic book as well - I'll have to keep my eyes out and get it another time. x

becca said...

ok i'm demanding you stop further book reviews now my reading list is getting to long..lol ok maybe not i can still add a dozen more. thanks for always doing this awesome reviews

Vinma said...

This is very intriguing! I think now I want to know the full story. Thanks for the intro- it will go into my reading list!

Pam said...

OK, now I want to know what happens when her memory returns. Shoot. I wish I had gotten this downloaded!

Jennifer Williams said...

Thanks to you we downloaded that one for my oldest son, he loves those types of books. He gave it a glowing review as well - anything that can hold a teenagers attention has to be good.

Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell said...

I LOVE psychological thrillers too! This sounds crazy interesting to me! Can't wait to read it.

Celebrity VIP Lounge said...

What a great review. I may be interested in checking this one out.

Casa Vilora Interiors said...

This is a great book review. Looks like a good read

Pam said...

I love psychological thrillers.They are the best.Thanks for the great review and look forward to reading this.

Tough Cookie Mommy said...

I love psychological thrillers. They really give you a lot of insight into the human psyche.

Aisha Kristine Chong said...

Seems interesting - not really fond of anything psychological to read though hehe..

Melissa Pezza said...

This book looks so compelling!!! I need to read it!

Ronnie E. said...

I have to say, this sounds good, but I'm also always a little freaked out about reading books on abuse. It hits a soft spot, although thank God, I never went through it myself. I just find it heart breaking. Also, why aren't you an Amazon affiliate? You write great reviews! You should make a little commission if your reviews convinces someone to buy a book - you deserve it!

Katherine Phillips said...

Oh my goodness. I so want to read this book. It sounds very interesting.

Michelle Garrett said...

This sounds like a great read! I didn't catch the sale but this looks like one I would not mind paying for. Thanks for sharing!

Amanda Love said...

Abbie sounds like a really strong young woman. I don't know how I would have been able to deal with the abuse. Sounds like a great story!

 
Miki's Hope . Design by Pocket