#Bookreview – Escaping Psychiatry by Olga Nunez Miret

What Amazon says

Escaping Psychiatry has it all: intriguing characters, noir style, thrilling pursuits, dangerous situations, crime, serial killers, religion, family secrets, murder, psychological insights, mental illness, trauma, debates about prejudice and morality, heated trials, police investigations, corruption, and mystery. If you enjoy Wire in the BloodCracker and Lie to Me and you are not scared of going deeper and darker, dare to listen in.

Escaping Psychiatry is a collection of three stories with the same protagonist, Mary, a psychiatrist and writer. She is trying to develop her literary career but circumstances and friends conspire to keep dragging her back to psychiatry.

My review

I listened to the audio book of Escaping Psychiatry by Olga Nunez Miret. The reader had a pleasant speaking style which made the audio book enjoyable. My only criticism is that in some parts the narration felt a bit rushed.

This book comprises of three short stories all featuring Mary Miller, a single female and a well known psychiatrist and writer of non-fiction, as the main protagonist. Each of the stories has a completely different setting, perpetrator, victim and set of extenuating circumstances which made them compelling and believable. In the first two stories the perpetrators are also victims and that creates emotional conflict for the reader because, while you want to see justice done and the victims are innocent, the perpetrators are the results of their unfortunate backgrounds and their own inability to rally mentally against the stresses and strains of their childhood abuse.

Mary is portrayed in both of these stories as a strong and independent woman with a talent for making people feel comfortable and share their concerns and problems and an ability to help the perpetrators to make the right social decisions.

The third story is a bit different as Mary becomes the victim and her views and attitude to life are put to the test. The development of Mary as a character in the last tale is very satisfying and we are proud of her coping skills and ability to pick herself up and carry on. I thought the ending to this story, in particular, had a good twist and was entertaining and clever.

The author has a background in psychiatry and this shows through in her believable and detailed portrayals of the discussions and interactions between Mary and the people she is attempting to help.

I rated this book four out of five stars on Amazon.

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43 thoughts on “#Bookreview – Escaping Psychiatry by Olga Nunez Miret

  1. Hi Robbie. It was lovely to reminisce about this book while reading your review. It was the first of Olga’s books that I read. (Although I have not listened to the audio version. Thanks for your feedback there. I agree that it’s a remarkable and enjoyable book. Hugs to you both.

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  2. This sounds amazing! I love a good thrill, and I like the idea of Mary becoming the victim, herself, and the changes in her view. (…. Although, obviously I don’t mean that I LIKE her becoming a victim! Ha ha! That was a strange way to phrase it, but I’ll assume you know what I mean! 😉🤔)

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    1. I find the variety of reading styles with audio books interesting, Tandy. It can make or break a story. Mike and I tried to versions of Anne of Green Gables and the reader’s style, in both cases, was so irritating we couldn’t continue.

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  3. I find the variety of reading styles with audio books interesting, Tandy. It can make or break a story. Mike and I tried to versions of Anne of Green Gables and the reader’s style, in both cases, was so irritating we couldn’t continue.

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  4. Thanks very much, Robbie, and sorry for not picking up on it sooner. I wrote the stories at different points, as I explain in the book, although I’ve written a few more stories in the same series since, and I hope to publish the next one after the summer. Although they are not the oldest of the stories I’ve published, I wrote Cannon Fodder over twenty years ago, so it’s great to know the stories still connect with people. The other two novels in the series are also available as audiobooks, although with different narrators (and I particularly like the female narrator of Escaping Psychiatry 2, The Case of the Swapped Bodies).
    Thanks for listening to the story and for the review. And I look forward to your coming books. 🙂

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  5. Well done for featuring Olga, Robbie. I bought that book on Kindle when it came out, but I am ashamed to say that I still haven’t read it! Olga is such a supportive and committed blogger, and she does so much for so many book bloggers and authors too.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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    1. Olga is a very prolific reader, Pete, I am in awe of her. This is the second of her books I have listened to as audio books. They were very different which demonstrates her versatility as a writer. Thank you for visiting and reading.

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