- Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: Mira; First edition edition (1 January 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0778322157
- ISBN-13: 978-0778322153
- Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.6 x 16.8 cm
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #65,206 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Delilah Complex Mass Market Paperback – Import, 1 Jan 2006
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M.J. Rose is the international bestselling author of eleven novels, including The Reincarnationist, The Memorist, and The Hypnotist. She is a founding member and board member of International Thriller Writers and the founder of the first marketing company for authors: AuthorBuzz.com.
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Dr. Morgan Snow is a sex therapist at the Butterfield Institute and is persuaded to undertake the therapy of a group of women who represent, and all are part of, a secret sex society. The society meets at various times for parties that allow them to treat men, who also are secret adjunctive members and in need of domination, in a subservient manner. Some of the men disappear sequentially and pictures of their nude bodies are sent to a newspaper reporter, who must, of course, inform the police. Eventually, the culprit is discovered after a series of twists in the plot.
The story centers around Morgan's activities on behalf of the society and her relationship with her daughter Dulci, a thirteen-year-old who shows acting ability, Noah Jordain, a detective with whom she is enamored, Nina, the Institute Director and mother figure for Morgan, who lost her mother tragically, and the various members of the society she is counseling. Morgan is carrying a large amount of psychological baggage, as are the other characters. This, plus the setting, allows dissemination of a large amount of psychological material to be interspersed in a plot that provides multidirectional clues. Delineation of the culprit provides an interesting climax.
Some readers may find the abundant presentation of supportive psychological material a little heavy at times. Additionally, I find some of Morgan's activity and ability a little suspect. However, the plot is interesting, the characters and their problems are relatively well portrayed, and the action is adequate to move the story at a pleasant pace. Reviewed by John H. Manhold, award winning fiction/non-fiction author.
Find out in Book #2 -The Delilah Complex, if you love Erotica Fiction as well as the suspense of thrillers and psychiatry problems , then this is up your alley of books to read.
"My job wasn't to protect this budding teenager from the darkness as much as it was to teach her to find the switches so she could always turn on the lights."
and: I looked around for somewhere to go. To get away from the voice, but there was nowhere to go. There never is when the problem is inside your own head."
last: "What were they shopping away? Fights with husbands, problems at work? Sons who weren't doing well at school? Daughters who were on diets that left their hair lank and stringy?
How many of us here really needed these shoes? Or the chocolate-brown suit I had in mind. We dress ourselves and redress ourselves, obsess how we can make ourselves look better, fool ourselves that there is nothing wrong with spending money as a reward for the things that are wrong in our lives."
This is a good mystery, enriched by some knowledge of police procedures and a lot of knowledge about the techniques and ethical conflicts of group therapists. There's also some erotica involving a secret club called the scarlet society, of woman who like to be dominant and men who like to be dominated. How much, if any, of what she has learned from her patients can she share with the police? Her own life may be on the line as she decides. The women who have come to her for counseling have much to lose if their secret becomes known, and no intention of talking with the police.
The only fault of this book (and some romance readers may not consider it a fault) is that the male love interest is too parfect, too alpha and dominant and understanding and patient and lustful all at the same time for us to truly feel we understand him. For me this made a few pages feel slightly embarrasing, more so than the sex scenes. Other than that great stuff.