Book Reviews of Overfall

Author: David Dun
ISBN-13: 9780786015429
ISBN-10: 078601542X
Publication Date: 4/1/2003
Pages: 384
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Publisher: Pinnacle Books
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
A vengeful psychiatrist proves the villain in this tale of jealousy, betrayal and revenge that has all the ingredients necessary for a chilling psycho-thriller but that almost self-destructs with a lethargic pace and characters whose angst is often more alienating than intriguing. Joan Dwyer is a chronically depressed divorcee with a suicide plan for nearly every room of her Manhattan apartment--pills for overdosing in the bedroom, Hefty bags for self-asphyxiating in the kitchen. Meanwhile, graphic designer Dennis Perry is unhappily in love with an emotionally distant wife who begrudges him sex and disdains his opinions. As Joan and Dennis begin a predictably tortured affair, neither is aware of the dangerous connection they share--that Dennis's wife, Pam Thompson, is Joan's psychiatrist. When Pam accidentally discovers the liaison, she becomes obsessed with punishing the lovers, and it's her downward spiral from objective therapist to vengeful accuser that spins the book into high gear as she enacts a plan that's both unexpected and sinister. Despite the flaws, then, David ( Family Values ) still offers a provocative look at the potential for abuse of power within the doctor-patient relationship. Author tour.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal
The subjects of David's (Family Values, S. & S., 1993) second novel are depression, adultery, and suicide, so don't expect an uplifting experience. This sordid tale of a therapist whose husband unwittingly initiates an affair with one of her patients should not be recommended to readers who are in the throes of an August sans therapy. None of the characters behaves admirably or in a way that evokes the potential of the human spirit in the face of adversity; rather, the trio of protagonists manifests the worst side of humanity, driven as they are by greed, lust, and other, as it turns out, literally deadly sins. The stark title and dark contents indicate an attempt to cash in on the well-deserved success of Josephine Hart's Damage (LJ 2/15/91). A better title might have been Bad Therapy.
David Dodd, Benicia P.L., Cal.
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