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Summary

For Claire Roth, an established psychotherapist, her new patient - Jody Goodman, a young filmmaker - is a welcome diversion from her predictable life. Jody, successful, yet uncertain, is disarmed by Claire's interest and approval. Gradually, the lines between friendship and family, between love and compulsion, start to blur.

In a Country of Mothers is a transfixing psychological thriller, that forces us to confront our own judgments about sanity, danger, and desire.

©1993 A M Homes (P)2014 W F Howes Ltd

Critic reviews

H'omes couldn't be more deliciously named: she kicks over the doll's house and gives suburbanity a good shake.' ( Guardian)
'The imagination that shapes A.M Homes's fiction is exhilaratingly perverse.' ( New York Times Book Review)

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  • Melton Mowbray, United Kingdom
  • 27-07-15

Perfect Example Of How Not To Be A Therapist

Very well written and narrated good strong story line never boring. Excellent exploration of transference and counter transference in the therapist client relationship this is a very clever book and it is very readable.

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A tale of the haunting of our past.

Adult neuroses and the tragedy of American sense of entitlement and despair brought vividly to life by exceptional narration. More an embodiment of the characters than narration.

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Thrill factor: zero

This book is extremely low on thrills for a "psychological thriller". Far from "frenetic" as touted on the cover review, it would rather benefit from the swift knife of a good editor. I got to the end eventually but learnt nothing about life, mothers, or psychology along the way.