Published: 28/08/2015
ISBN: 9781910667248
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The Crazy Psychologist
by Miller H Caldwell

A new teenage assessment centre has been purpose-built on the island of Rousay in the Orkney Islands. Dr Angie Lawrence is the Clinical Psychology Director. She uses unorthodox methods to improve the lives of elective mutes and truants, plus children who are aggressive, have been abused or are suffering from eating disorders. Dr Lawrence takes some kids skinny dipping; others she gives sessions with Harry, an African Grey parrot also on the staff, together with Arthur, a Basset Hound. Along with her slightly unusual treatments, she also gives her patients responsibilities to overcome their traumas.

“That’s the beauty of Rousay. We are the safety net. They find a freedom they never had before. Domestic, imagined, and abusive pressures are suspended, not necessarily resolved. What we are doing is lighting tapers. One day some flicker of flame might just burn out the stubborn daemon that’s lodged deep in their minds.”

Her husband, Sam, is an artist and delighted to be on Orkney to further his seascapes, but he becomes increasingly concerned about Angie’s unorthodox treatment plans. As the traumas of Angie’s early life and the demons of her past are explored, Sam struggles more and more to understand the methods in her madness.

Why did Angie became a psychologist in the first place? Can she bring together a fractured family before it is too late? And can she cope with two doctorate students who are not what they seem to be..?

The Crazy Psychologist is a novel of family, history and redemption, all set in the stunning Orkney Islands.

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Great interest being shown on Rousay and Orkney as The Crazy Psychologist is set there. I'll be on Orkney in May for book sales.

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4 out of 5 stars

A very nice tale about family and respect. The main character is a clinical psychologist who dedicates her life to her unconventional clinic for kids with disorders, mainly anorexia, and helps them overcome such illness. You learn about her past and suddenly she learns about how she is not so orphaned anymore and about her newfound family.

by Pamela Moreno


“The Crazy Psychologist” by Miller Caldwell is an engrossing read, sometimes funny, sometimes bringing tears to the eyes.
The Scottish islands of Orkney, in Saviskaill Bay in the North Sea, come alive when the crazy psychologist Dr. Angie Lawrence opens the Hazelnut Assessment Centre for children, suffering from social anxiety, anorexia or bulimia, in Rousay.
Arthur the Bassett hound and Harry the African Grey parrot - who repeats anything anyone says - are the lovable characters who deliver some semblance of normality to the centre. Sam, Angie’s artist husband, captures more than he planned on in his paintings, not only of the heart of the countryside and islands, but the personality of his crazy wife who has more than her fair share of problems. When Dr. Lawrence goes skinny-dipping in Saviskaill Bay, not only are her clothes missing but the beautiful seals who frolic in the chilly North Sea waters, though she does rediscover her long-lost brother.
There are plenty of twists and turns in “The Crazy Psychologist” to keep the reader wondering, ‘What’s coming next!’ This is not the first book I’ve read of Miller Caldwell’s - he is definitely one of those great U.K. authors you look forward to the next book from. “The Crazy Psychologist” has a magical setting, and is a wonderful read!
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Do you have any images of the scenery, or the seals in the bay, from when you visited the Orkney Islands Miller? Something to capture the artist Sam’s character in the story to highlight the review for “The Crazy Psychologist” on Facebook. Another great story from you.
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Pamela Faye
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by Pamela Faye Rolling Seas Australia


4 out of 5 stars

I really like this book. The story is original and well-constructed. There are a couple of twists in there that have little bearing on the plot, but add depth and substance (real life) to the story and characters. The main thread of the story, of Angie finding both her brother and father are bizarre, but justified well within the plot. Looking forward to more by Miller H Caldwell.

by hilary brown


4 out of 5 stars

Full Text: I have some reservations about this book. There were a couple of times where I had to suspend belief and accept what was written and ignore the questioning in my head as to why this would never be allowed to happen, or that that was happening too easily but, having accepted these things as fictional license, this wasn't a bad overall read.
I really loved Angie as a character. She'd been through the mill but has managed to come through it fighting and has landed a great job as a psychologist in a residential treatment centre for troubled teens suffering from eating disorders. Her past allows her to empathise with them as she can relate to a lot of the same traumas as them. Angie's husband Sam initially knows nothing about her past until she has to give evidence and then it all comes out including other secrets from her past, and publicity during and after the trial, has a knock on effect to her present life as suddenly coincidence strikes and long forgotten people start to emerge from the woodwork and back into her life. I also liked some of her methods she used to help the children (previous reservations noted) as well as her relationship with Sam - the most understanding man in the world methinks!
It's strange for me to say the next bit as I usually like the story to get on with it but, with this book, I felt that there was something lacking in the development. Maybe it is due to the subject matter but I felt that I wanted more description, I wanted more back-story about the lesser characters. Although I enjoyed the book, I wasn't as content as I could have been at the end. There were a lot of scenes described that just felt a little disjointed to me within the bigger picture, and there wasn't quite the right flow between them.
I have never heard of this author before, let alone read anything by him, but on the strength of this book, I wouldn't be adverse to trying another.

by Kath Brinck


 

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