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With Therapy, "Clement does more in under 30 pages than many authors do with 300-page novels", September 5, 2014
By Joe Hartlaub Bookreporter —
Therapy (Kindle Edition)
“Therapy” is a bit of a surprise. Peter Clement has parlayed his two decades worth of experience as an emergency room physician into a literary career, building a strong fan base and impressive backlist of thriller novels dealing with a wide range of medical issues --- from hospital practice to bioterror. One does not reflexively think of Clement as an author of shorter fiction; his latest effort will go a long way toward changing that perception.
“Therapy” begins on the day of John F. Kennedy’s assassination and introduces us to a very troubled boy who is the son of a kindly and understanding small town physician. We are not quite aware of the source or nature of the boy’s problems, at least not at first, other than they involve someone or something he refers to as “The Vulture.” Fast forward five decades, and the boy is now a psychotherapist, counseling victims of abuse and, as we come to learn, is in a position to take treatment a step or two beyond talking. As for his father, we discover the true depth of that gentle doctor’s love and sense of justice.
With “Therapy,” Clement does more in under 30 pages than many authors do with 300-page novels. The ending, while wholly satisfying, left me wanting to read more about the characters and their situations, not to mention the details of how they go about doing what they do and to whom. I have no doubt that “Therapy” will leave you with the same feeling, as well as the desire to explore Clement’s previous works, if you haven’t had the pleasure of doing so already.
Riveting, couldn't stop till I finished it!!!!, August 21, 2014
By linda a —
Therapy (Kindle Edition)
A riveting short story where one is skillfully led from place to place till the end which is a total SURPRISE. Wish we had more of these. You don't have to be a psychiatrist to enjoy this, just a desire to explore the human mind. Thanks Peter for yet another great read.
What a great and well-written story!, August 27, 2014
I completely forgot it was a short story by the time I got to the last few pages. Thanks for writing this, and can't wait for more!!!