Professionally ruined, morally bankrupt and reflexively snarky, psychiatrist Derek Verbenk is a f*ck-up by even his own measure. Ethical transgressions have sentenced the once ambitious doctor to a career handing out prescriptions to rich housewives from his home office in Cherry Creek — until a new patient with a newfound power turns Verbenk's life upside down and his soul inside out. Romping through Denver, breaking through barriers of privacy, social isolation and even politics, Transference is an odd-couple quest toward redemption full of wicked humor and radical honesty.
Plot/Idea: 8 out of 10
Originality: 9 out of 10
Prose: 9 out of 10
Character/Execution: 9 out of 10
Overall: 8.75 out of 10
Plot: The shoving of Janet and Derek into harsh realities they can’t avoid provides the best conflict and most entertaining parts of the book. Reading their slow turns to necessity to fix their lives becomes intriguingly agonizing and then cathartic.
Prose: Much of the book is spent with Janet in psychiatric sessions with Derek, yet even this is well-paced and engaging. The duo's repartee is always deftly rendered and fuels the novel’s forward motion.
Originality: Despite familiar elements, this novel feels fresh. Jonuska flips the trope of the solid mentor/flawed student on its head.
Character Development: Both Janet and Derek are fully developed, vivid characters. Readers will be invested in them and their story.
Date Submitted: August 27, 2017
Paperback Book Details
- 9780692913925 B0749Q6CHH
- 248 pages
- 164 pages