Overheard in a Dream
Bestselling author Torey Hayden's novel is a fascinating study of a fractured family, a troubled child, and a psychiatrist's attempts to rescue them.
Conor, aged nine, arrives in the play therapy room of child psychiatrist James Innes with the diagnosis "autistic". His mother Laura, an aloof, enigmatic novelist, can't handle him. His rancher father, embroiled in divorcing Laura, does not feel there is anything wrong with Conor.
His six year old sister Morgana insists he really does see ghosts.
As James becomes convinced Conor is not autistic, he is drawn first into Conor's strange world of "things the cat knows" and then into Morgana's stories of her friend the "Lion King".
James is pulled most deeply, however, into Laura's world; at first that of a lonely, rather difficult woman and then, eventually, into the world of her imagination, an enthralling world that seems almost real - and that hides a terrible secret.
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The physcologist's patient is a very disturbed young boy. Slowly the doctor is able to identify and thus help remedy the problems troubling this child. And the lad certainly does have something in his ... Read full review
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Family therapist James starts working with the child of famous novelist Laura Deighnton. Conor has been diagnosed as autistic, but as time progresses, something about his behavior doesn't seem right ... Read full review