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The Dark Side of the Mind

True Stories from My Life as a Forensic Psychologist
Narrated by: Sara Poyzer
Length: 7 hrs and 54 mins
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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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Absolutely amazing to listen to! Inspiring!

I couldn’t stop listening to this book. Each chapter built on the previous. An incredibly interesting and inspiring read. That also spread great awareness.

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Wonderful.

I downloaded this book by mistake but so glad I decided to listen to 5 minutes of it before returning it...!! It make me want to laugh, cry, smile & was thoroughly thought provoking. I was sad when it ended and am struggling to find something as interesting a listen to download next!!

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Gripping from start to finish

What a fascinating book! Told in a very accessible manner from a woman top of her game. The monsters that do walk amongst us are not always easy to spot - sometimes they are the criminals but sometimes not!
We had to start going to bed earlier to listen to it as we couldn’t stop a chapter mid way through it was so interesting. Kerry has a wonderful style of writing, it’s honest but not glorifying the subject matter. Her humour is sensitively utilised in her great style.
I like the narrators voice on this one too.
Highly recommend !

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Informative, engaging and honest

Bringing together the great stories, experience, insights and advice from a criminal psychologist I admire greatly. Loved it.

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forensic psychologists can have anxiety too.

very interesting, well read, an insight into the life and work of a forensic psychologist, giving personal accounts aswell.

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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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Couldn't finish it

I'm an avid reader of true crime books and possess a particular interest in criminal psychology however I found very little of substance within this audiobook. Rather than providing an insight into the criminal mind as expected I found it to be a jumbled mess of conceited, patronising and often highly misandrous ramblings. It's the 1st audiobook I've not been able to finish.

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great listen

loved it, seen an article in the daily mail and thought I would give it a try and must say I wasn't disappointed.

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Great

Insightful interesting and compassionate, this is a really rich read and I recommend it wholeheartedly

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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.