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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, ...
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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.
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."
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Posted March 15, 2005
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 30, 2003
I thought Jennifer Miller story was riveting. I read it in less than two days. I beleive many people have experienced the same type of desolation and despair. To those people this book only reforces the that fact that they are not alone. And that it is possible to overcome such adversity. I am sadden my the fact that this was such an expensive lesson for Jennifer to learn but elated that she was able to face her past. And as it appears she is a stronger, happier and more successful woman because of this experience. My only critism is that it was a little repetitive at times. However, this would not stop me from recommending this book to a friend. I look foward to reading Jennifer Millers next book. BRAVO!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 14, 2001
I bought this book because it was (supposedly) about a woman whose relationship with a therapist took a 'deadly/dangerous turn.' Well, let me say that there were no turns at all, unless you count the victim/author's repeated stupid decisions to be twists and turns. I found the entire situation quite predictable (yes, I realize that this is apparently a true story) and not at all scary, but idiotic. The first fifty pages of the book are almost completely about how this woman supposedly has had no emotions her entire life (she would have us believe that she does not even know what sadness or anxiety feels like), and how terribly cold and distant her parents were her whole life. This is certainly not something that I am trying to trivialize, but by the time she has told the same thing over and over we get the point. There are countless snippets of stories illustrating her parents' callousness randomly injected throughout with seemingly little reason. The story is almost all repetition of the same circumstances (we read 'Do you believe me, Jennifer?' at least twenty times). Aside from being boring as can be, it seems that this woman is very careful in letting us know that she thought much of the psychiatrist's behavior was odd and that she felt that something was not right. She was obviously stupid enough to fall into this trap, but wants us to know that she was not completely oblivious to the bizarre behavior exhibited by this man. That just makes her seem incredibly dumb to me and the whole thing seems phony (she finds the idea of moving in with her therapist and his family wonderful, but finds it completely off the wall that he suggests staying at her house overnight once while he is visiting after her constantly declaring that she cannot live without him). In a nutshell, this woman was easily duped. I will not say what she is duped out of, but I would not be giving anything away as it is obvious that this is what happened from the beginning. If you want a laugh by seeing how little it took to manipulate this woman, read it. I am sorry that I was stupid enough to pay for this book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.