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Reviewed by Jessyca Garcia for Readers' Favorite
Broken Flowers by Howard Finkelstein is a short story about drug addictions and a broken promise. Dr. Mary Crawford is a psychotherapist who treats people with suicidal tendencies and drug addictions. When she loses a patient due to her selfishness, she unknowingly puts her own life at risk. In the beginning, Broken Flowers starts out really well with the overdose of Valerie Campel. It is not until chapter three that the author introduces the main character of the book, Dr. Mary Crawford. From there the story focuses on Dr. Crawford and the lives of two of her patients, Karl and David.
I had mixed feelings about this book. I did enjoy that Dr. Crawford used hypnosis in her work. Hypnosis has always fascinated me and this story only increased my interest in it. I liked that Finkelstein told the other patients' stories in great detail as to how they became drug addicts and the consequences they suffered. I completely understood when Suzanne was talking about her depression. “Some days I feel better, and then some days the depression lays over me like a blanket.” I also very much liked the ending of the story. I believe everyone got what they deserved and I did not see the surprise ending coming. Overall, I think Broken Flowers is a good story. I would like to read more of Finkelstein’s work in the future.