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Summary

Welcome to the world of the forensic psychologist, where the people you meet are wildly unpredictable and often frightening. 

The job: to delve into the psyche of convicted men and women to try to understand what lies behind their often brutal actions. 

Follow in the footsteps of Kerry Daynes, one of the most sought-after forensic psychologists in the business and consultant on major police investigations.  

Kerry's job has taken her to the cells of maximum-security prisons, police interview rooms, the wards of secure hospitals and the witness box of the court room.  

Her work has helped solve a cold case, convict the guilty and prevent a vicious attack. Spending every moment of your life staring into the darker side of life comes with a price. Kerry's frank memoir gives an unforgettable insight into the personal and professional dangers in store for a female psychologist working with some of the most disturbing men and women.

If you enjoyed Unnatural Causes, When the Dogs Don't Bark and My Life With Murderers, you'll love Kerry's gripping account of her experience as a forensic psychologist.  

©2019 Kerry Daynes (P)2019 Octopus Publishing Group

Critic reviews

"Enthralling and terrifying in equal amounts. A chilling glimpse into a world unseen by so many and perhaps for very good reasons. Kerry guides us gently, but firmly, through her incredible world of miscreants, monsters and the misunderstood." (Professor Dame Sue Black, Britain's leading forensic anthropologist and author of the Sunday Times best seller All That Remains

"Kerry Daynes delves into the minds of psychopaths in a fascinating memoir." (Katya Edwards, Daily Mail)

"Daynes offers fascinating insights into what makes criminals tick and how they might be more effectively treated. Her book is funny, wise and thoroughly gripping." (Jake Kerridge, writer and critic)

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Yay, totally human, flaws and all

Love this, sadly it her only book so far, I hope her publisher rea!ises what an absolute gem this is and gets more books!! This seems honest, open and humorous, yes it's a serious subject but like all who work in the emergency services you have to laugh, and the author is honest about this. I absolutely love this book and if you have even a passing interest in the legal systen, criminology or psychology then I highly recommend this to you.

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A very poignant message.

This book is not only insightful and fascinating but also educational. Kerry Daynes provides a measured account of her professional and personal experiences that have led her to a refreshing stance on psychology. Her professional approach to her clients throughout her career is far from the ordinary and is a refreshing contrast. Her humanistic approach could transform the mental health system in its entirety. This well narrated and compelling book provides a lesson to us all that there is a far better way to help those who suffer. Through understanding and accepting everyone as individuals with unique past experiences, a better outcome is achievable and could revolutionise the mental health care system. This is a compelling and essential listen.

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An Excellent Book

I loved the angle this book takes & Sara Poyzer is an excellent narrator - she sounds very much like Kerry Daynes. I think the few people who have given it low ratings have missed the point, it's recollections & perceptions of Kerry herself not a text book. She highlights the shortcomings of the system which I'm sure nobody can deny & puts forward her feelings & suggestions for improvement. The patient/client studies are fascinating and I would disagree that she is 'on the side of the criminals' as another reviewer suggested, she is just telling the truth. I didn't want it to end.

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Would Not Recommend

This is a vague recollection of people with whom the author has worked. It does not go into any detail about psychological topics or the individual cases, and instead focuses more on various things that have happened to the author and how she feels about them. I am disappointed to have used a credit for this.

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More of a biography

Not what I expected. I thought it would be more case studies but it’s quite self self self. Not a bad book but I didn’t enjoy it.

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Excellent listen would definitely recommend.

Brilliant insight into a world that not many of us have a clue about but everyone can relate to. I should say I don’t mean the heinous crimes but the complications of the mind. Perfectly narrated too.

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Excellent Insight

I went through a raft of emotions listening to this book, but the overall impression was hope and knowing that there are ‘ghost guys’ working in the CJS.
Included a personal touch which could have been a distraction, but it wasn’t in fact it added to the character and quality of the book.

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Great liste

Compelled to keep listening, very wise words and descriptions of experiences Kerry had had in her personal and professional life.
would recommend

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definitely reccomend

A real insight into the world of forensic psychology. An interesting reframe of the minds of both criminals and victims as something to be better understood rather than othered. Told through a really diverse set of individuals you can begin to understand the scope of a forensic psychologists career. A really enjoyable and digestible listen.

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Fascinating and humanising

A wide variety of personalised stories that show the human side of mental health. Really enjoyed it

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  • Eoin O Beara
  • 20-07-19

Great book

Being a student psychologist, I really enjoyed this book. It is not for the faint hearted, as it goes into graphic detail from the start, but that is part of the story.