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Reviewed by Viga Boland for Readers' Favorite
In an age where so many truths and events hidden for years, such as alleged sexual abuse by priests or celebrities, a public who would have dismissed such allegations even a decade ago is steadily being enlightened as to what goes on behind closed doors, and often at the hands of people we trust and love. That's what Merry Freer is doing with her memoir Doctor, Doctor: A True Story of Obsession, Addiction, & Psychological Manipulation. She throws light on yet another area of trust: that between a doctor and his patient. With the support of her therapist, a rather naive Merry leaves a stale marriage, only to fall hopelessly in love with someone who turns out to be anything but what she thought. In trusting him, and her doctor, when she turns again to him for help in dealing with the problems in her relationship, she discovers that not only is her new love a complete stranger with a bad secret, but so is her therapist. It takes her years to get over the double deception. She does survive well enough to start a new life and write Doctor, Doctor - but the scars will be there for a long time.
From the moment I saw the cover and read the description of Doctor, Doctor by Merry Freer, I knew I had to read this book. For one, I love memoirs where truth is so often stranger than fiction. In that respect, Doctor, Doctor didn't disappoint. Merry Freer is excellent at handling dialogue, which helps keep the book moving along. However, the impact of Doctor, Doctor would have been even stronger if the telling had been shorter. That said, for anyone who has ever had to deal with helping a loved one through an addiction, this will be an absorbing read.