The Day I Went Missing

The Day I Went Missing

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by Jennifer Miller
     
 
The shocking, true story of a successful and savvy young woman who was scammed in an elaborate con by a man she had grown to trust absolutelyher own therapist.

Emmy-noininated writer Miller was betrayed, and bilked by the most insidious character possible: her therapist. She had everything going for her, including money and professional acclaim. But she also had an

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The shocking, true story of a successful and savvy young woman who was scammed in an elaborate con by a man she had grown to trust absolutelyher own therapist.

Emmy-noininated writer Miller was betrayed, and bilked by the most insidious character possible: her therapist. She had everything going for her, including money and professional acclaim. But she also had an underlying depression that haunted her daily. Friends suggested therapy, but Jennifer, the daughter of a shrink, was convinced that she was beyond help. Then she met Dr. David Cohen, and discovered something worse than depression. This mesmerizing story resolves itself with Miller in control of her life, but not before she succumbs to despair. The power of this memoir is its novel-like readability and its awful personal revelation of betrayal.

About the Author:
Jennifer Miller, a longtime television writer, was nominated for an Emmy for "Roseanne." The Day I Went Missing is her first published work. She lives in Southern California.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Imagine the sucker punch of discovering that one's trusted therapist is a con artist. This devastating act of betrayal befell Miller, an accomplished television writer (nominated for an Emmy for her work on Roseanne). In this engrossing memoir, she recounts how she was taken in by charismatic, unconventional David Cohen, whom she thought might finally ease the residual feelings of disconnection and depression from her emotionally deprived childhood. Through cunning, escalating requests that Miller pay for therapy up front, as well as a crazy gambling scam after she was well and truly hooked, Cohen shook close to $100,000 out of Miller in little over a year, then faded out of her life, claiming he had cancer. While there are times the reader questions how Miller could have been so duped (at one point Cohen gets her signature, saying it's his hobby to collect them), for the most part she convincingly and dramatically conveys the mental seduction that made such deception possible. Miller also acknowledges that--compared to other therapists she has known, including her own aloof psychiatrist father and the ineffectual if not inept psychologists she had before and after Cohen--he may have been her most effective counselor. He also, quite simply, provides her with some great material: fascinating, elaborate lies (claims that he had multiple children, that he was abused by a satanic cult); messianic and stalker-like behavior; and a mysterious--and perhaps not certain--death. Agent, Jennifer Rudolph Walsh, the Writer's Shop. (Feb. ) Forecast: Combining the reflective self-examination of Susanna Kaysen's Girl, Interrupted and Mary Karr's The Liar's Club with the page-turning pace of suspense fiction, this memoir will grab anyone who's ever been on the therapist's couch. (Unsurprisingly, master of horror Wes Craven already has snapped up this story for screen adaptation.) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312282035
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
04/17/2002
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.32(h) x 0.69(d)

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The Day I Went Missing

A True Story
By Jennifer Miller

St. Martin's Press

Copyright © 2002 Jennifer Miller
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0312282036


Chapter One


Tuesday, January 28, 1997


It was around five in the afternoon. I'd been in Beverly Hills meeting with my literary agent and was driving north up Coldwater Canyon toward the valley and home. I called my phone machine to check my messages. There was just one.

It was from the private detective. He wanted me to call him.

I quickly dialed his number. "Mr. Hanks, it's Jennifer Miller."

"I found David," he answered abruptly. "He's dead."

I pulled over to the side of the road. I was numb, shaking, yet it was not totally a shock. After all, wasn't it my fault?

The detective continued, "They're investigating it as a homicide."

Continues...


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A riveting, contemporary female horror story.
—(Lynda Obst, Author of Hello, He Lied, and Producer of Sleeples in Seattle and Contact)

Meet the Author

Jennifer Miller is a longtime television writer. She was nominated for an Emmy for Roseanne, for which she wrote under her pen name, Jennifer Heath. Miller is also a stand-up comedian, actress, and painter. The Day I Went Missing is her first published work. She lives in Southern California.

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Guest More than 1 year ago
Jennifer's story was not only wonderfully written but continued to captivate me from start to finish. It was a sincerely honest account of her unfortunate experience with an unethical and self-centered therapist. Unfortunately people like Jennifer's therapist thrive on the destruction and vulnerability of others. I think that it is heroic of Jennifer to put her experiences in print so that others who have experienced similar situations of 'authority abuse' can stop feeling so alone.