Donovan is a disgruntled airline pilot with a very strange, recently discovered fetish. Josie is a stewardess with no time for anyone or anything other than herself. Laura is a psychiatrist that not only listens to the secrets of her patients that are stretched out upon her couch; she also harbors quite a few of her own. The matrix of secrets and the dynamics of the interactions between the three main characters in B. Michael Fett’s novel Psychiatryst is creepy, dark and totally delicious. I found myself both engrossed and massively creeped out while I was reading. To put it rather bluntly, after finishing the book, I felt that I needed to take a shower to wash it all off of me.
Do not expect any ghosts or ghouls to jump out in this book, all of the demons in the story belong to the realm of the mental. Fett places the reader right into the twisted minds of the main characters and once inside, there is no way out. Bit by bit, Fett reveals another secret that you end up wishing that you did not know or another event takes place that connects so many others. Without running the risk of ruining the plot, the story is centered on a few murders that take place in a peaceful Denver, Colorado neighborhood. The crimes have a personal connection for one of the detectives on the case, Sonny, and even his true colors come out in the end. It is interesting to be reminded how often things are not what they seem and to also be reminded that people and events can be inexplicably connected sometimes.
Laura, thanks to her profession, holds people’s secrets in manila files, but the book acts as a startling reminder that everyone is a harborer of secrets, ones that belong to them and to others. Often, the reaction to the revelation of secrets can be more interesting than the actual secret, but that is not always the case especially when the secret at hand is more deranged than most. This is exactly how Psychiatryst is presented in parts. The novel is clever, dark, interesting and at times dry and even humorous. This is definitely a book for someone who is looking for something different. Crime novel and psychological thriller lovers will not be disappointed with this book either. Fett manages to successfully present disturbing material in an entertaining fashion and even though it is over 300 pages, there is never a lull in the story. The characters, and their demons, are easy to sort out and ultimately, there is nowhere for any of them to hide.
Lauren Cannavino is a graduate student, freelance writer, wine lover, and avid reader. Random musings can be found over at www.goldiesays.com.
Review copy was provided by B. Michael Fett. Compensation was received but in no way influenced the thoughts and opinions expressed in this review.