The Inner World Turned Out


Fiction - Thriller - Psychological
620 Pages
Reviewed on 04/20/2020
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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

The Inner World Turned Out is a work of fiction in the psychological drama sub-genre and was penned by author Scott Lingen. Recommended for mature readers due to the complex themes and psychology of the piece, and some very mild occasional sexual content, this is a compelling psychodrama for those who are interested in or have experience in the world of therapy. Protagonists Peter and Thea are both psychotherapists, who are married to one another and have to deal with their own relationship as well as the dramas, trials, and tribulations of the patient lists which they both have to manage. What results is a deep and engaging drama that runs the full gamut of human emotions in the process.

It is clear that author Scott Lingen is also a practicing doctor of psychology, for the in-depth information and sensibilities of the book reflect this immense inside knowledge. This gives the work a solid grounding, and the narrative quality of the storytelling itself is strong enough to lift us away from the world of the textbooks and into fictional drama nicely. I loved the revolving door of cases that attack our protagonists at crucial moments in their own narrative, and each one brings a lesson and a new layer to the plot that adds to the overall tapestry by the story’s end. Overall, The Inner World Turned Out is technically brilliant and also emotive and well written, making it a highly recommended read for fans of literary style dramas and therapy-related works.

Edith Wairimu

The Inner World Turned Out is Scott Lingen’s intriguing and illuminating psychological thriller that follows the professional and personal lives of two psychotherapists. Thea, a psychiatrist, and Petter, a psychologist, are a married couple who cater to an extensive range of patients from war veterans, business executives, couples, and various individuals, each struggling with different issues. Petter and Thea’s personal issues emerge as their backgrounds are revealed in their separate visits to their psychotherapist. Most of the issues covered and the patients treated bring attention to heart-rending topics and situations while some light-hearted moments also occur mostly during Thea and Petter’s appalling yet hilarious escapades.

In The Inner World Turned Out, the turn of each page presents a unique session that involves a different patient(s) seeking help for different reasons from other patients, which makes this extensive book continuously engaging from its first page to the last. The stories shared by the patients are moving. They also give a glimpse of what psychotherapists encounter and the various issues patients struggle with. Though specific to the patients that walk through Petter's and Thea’s doors, the work offers informative information on the causal factors of a range of mental issues and how they can be treated. Petter's and Thea’s childhoods are retold, revealing horrific incidents that happened to them in their formative years which paints them as realistic characters also struggling with their own set of issues. The Inner World Turned Out by Scott Lingen is an outstanding, poignant work that balances humor and pain while bringing attention to specific mental health issues.

Jamie Michele

The Inner World Turned Out by Scott Lingen is the tale of married psychotherapists Petter and Thea. One would think that a pair of doctors who specialize in psychology and assist their patients in coming to terms with their lives and pasts in meaningful ways would have the same success in their personal lives as they do in their professional lives. Unfortunately, this isn't the case with Petter and Thea. The revolving door of the married couple's patients offers their interactions in bite-sized and often hilarious vignettes, all the while returning to the deeply committed but emotionally flawed relationship of the two protagonists, which they attempt to remedy in unconventional ways.

The Inner World Turned Out is a well written and engrossing book. Scott Lingen is able to capture the mindful workings of a large number of characters, all of whom are fully fleshed and wonderfully developed. The most interesting part to me was when Petter and Thea go to a hypnotherapist together and Thea undergoes hypnosis. The therapist, Dr. Ventani, guides Thea into the recesses of a tunnel and in the darkness exposes a great deal of the most poignant, previously repressed moments in Thea's life. Petter's attempt to intellectualize the session and what is revealed, as opposed to simply share in his wife's sorrow, is in steep contrast to the levity of other parts of the novel. Overall, this is a really interesting read, particularly to those who enjoy good psychological fiction and the dynamics of marriage when the delicate balance between personal and professional life teeters on the edge.

Romuald Dzemo

The Inner World Turned out by Scott Lingen is an engaging novel that follows the life and work of two characters, Petter and Thea. They are married and specialize in psychology. One is a psychologist and the other a psychiatrist. In this novel, the reader is pulled into their world, into encounters with colleagues and difficult patients.

One immediately notes that while they are working hard to heal patients, their own life isn’t ideal. They have their own moments of insanity. In the opening chapters, the author introduces the conflict between Thea and Petter. While they live in a condo with a lovely view of the San Francisco Marina District, they like to watch the fabulous yachts that they couldn’t afford but that they love to look at anyway. As the novel progresses, the reader becomes anxious for the couple and wonders if they can find healing for their own broken world. Scott Lingen takes the reader on a journey into the inner world of psychiatric practice and allows them insights into what it feels like to be a psychologist or psychiatrist.

The humanity of the characters comes out clearly in the writing. The prose is excellent and the dialogues are real. The narrative is littered with humor and the pathos has a strong grip on the reader. The Inner World Turned out is a powerful testament that even the shrinks have their own struggles and insanity. It is well-written and character-driven, a beautiful novel that will change the way readers look at their fellow humans.

Christian Sia

The Inner World Turned Out by Scott Lingen is a mesmerizing novel with strong psychological underpinnings and a robust cast of characters. In this novel, the author introduces readers to two psychotherapists: Petter and Thea. One is a psychologist while the other is a psychiatrist. Now, the reader might think that their lives are perfect; of course, they are specialists in treating people with mental problems, right? That is the first mistake. While these leading characters strive to help their patients cope with their problems, Petter and Thea struggle with theirs. They are also wounded people and at times it gets very challenging to touch their own wounds. Can they keep their sanity in check and their inner worlds from breaking apart while struggling to mend the lives of their patients?

The Inner World Turned Out by Scott Lingen takes readers into the minds of the characters, allowing them to feel their brokenness and to experience humanity that is as fragile as it is resilient. It is easy to love Petter and Thea and the reader wants to see them get better at what they do. This is a classic novel that demonstrates the power of wounded healers and the deep contours of the human mind. The Inner World Turned Out takes a very delicate theme and treats it with a lot of intelligence. I found myself in many of the characters. They are well thought out, cleverly developed, and deeply human. Scott Lingen keeps it real and writes about characters that readers will quickly identify with, spicing the narrative with humor and pathos.