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Official Review: Fate: the Psychiatrist by John M Giles

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Official Review: Fate: the Psychiatrist by John M Giles

Post Number:#1 by Jaime Lync
» 14 Aug 2017, 03:19

[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "Fate: the Psychiatrist" by John M Giles.]

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4 out of 4 stars
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Fate: The Psychiatrist by John M. Giles is a perfect example of the crime/thriller/mystery/ horror genre. The brief Amazon.com summary of this book adeptly described it as, “a gripping tale of love, hate, and fate.”

The book opens with Jack Fortine recounting how his girlfriend, Kate, announces to him that she is pregnant at a bringing in the new year party. Since he was drunk at the time, he initially had an adverse reaction to finding out that he was going to be a dad. However, once he was sober, he quickly rejoiced at the prospect of starting a family with his girlfriend (whom he now hoped to make his wife). Soon after Jack, had a near death experience at his job as a land surveyor. His boss deemed it necessary that Jack visit a psychiatrist to help him deal with the post-traumatic stress.

When Jack meets Dr. Jerry Jisp Johnson the story quickly takes a grim turn. Whereas the first half of the story is narrated by Jack, most of the second half is narrated by Jerry. Doctor Johnson wants more than just the narrator role in this story. He wants Jack’s family! This psychiatrist is truly a ‘crazy doctor’.

This was definitely an interesting read. Jack was a hilarious narrator. He spoke about solemn topics such as the meaning of life and religious views in a funny but candid manner that made me like him despite not sharing his opinions on these matters. I was upset when Jerry became the narrator because Jerry is not a likable character. There were obvious reasons why Jerry was made the new protagonist (reasons I believe that I should not disclose to avoid giving away any spoilers). Jerry continued the storyline. The author effectively used Jerry as a narrator to make me emotionally invested in this book. I was desperate to reach the end and find out Jerry’s fate!

Giles did a great job writing this book. All the characters in this story were well developed. The novel was appropriately paced. There were a couple of sex scenes but they were not explicitly described. Also, the dialogue was meaningful and realistic. There were a couple of grammatical errors that could have been easily spotted with an extra proofreading, but they were not significant enough to distract me from the story. The only real issue I had with the book was that I was saddened by the way some of the main characters ended up at the end of the book. It was a really upsetting ending that those who are fond of fairy tale endings will not enjoy.

In conclusion, I rate this novel 4 out of 4 stars. I wanted to give it 3 stars because I did not like the ending but I must acknowledge that a book that is able to stimulate such a strong emotional response from me is well-written. It would be remiss of me not to warn prospective readers that there are several scenes depicting extreme violence.

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Re: Official Review: Fate: the Psychiatrist by John M Giles

Post Number:#2 by kandscreeley
» 16 Aug 2017, 12:48

You make this book sound really thrilling. The change in point of view is intriguing to me, and I think based on your review I'm going to have to read this one! Great review! Thanks!
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Re: Official Review: Fate: the Psychiatrist by John M Giles

Post Number:#3 by Jaime Lync
» 16 Aug 2017, 13:34

Thanks for reading and commenting Kandscreeley. I had mix feelings about the change in point of view because I still wanted Jack but was also interested in Jerry's side of the story.
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Re: Official Review: Fate: the Psychiatrist by John M Giles

Post Number:#4 by Miriam Molina
» 16 Aug 2017, 19:33

This looks like an intriguing read. A crazy psychiatrist sounds ironic.

Thanks, Jaime, for another inspired review!
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Re: Official Review: Fate: the Psychiatrist by John M Giles

Post Number:#5 by juliusotinyo
» 16 Aug 2017, 20:34

CTM novels are never my fancy but your review appealed to me. Nice work.
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Re: Official Review: Fate: the Psychiatrist by John M Giles

Post Number:#6 by Darakhshan Nazir
» 16 Aug 2017, 21:19

Oh this is exactly what I should be reading .
Admirable review
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Re: Official Review: Fate: the Psychiatrist by John M Giles

Post Number:#7 by Jaime Lync
» 16 Aug 2017, 21:38

Thanks everyone for reading and commenting on my review. Glad you found the review appealing.
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Re: Official Review: Fate: the Psychiatrist by John M Giles

Post Number:#8 by LadyClaire
» 17 Aug 2017, 00:51

Great review, Lync. I might have to take your word for it and check it out. Thanks for sharing
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Re: Official Review: Fate: the Psychiatrist by John M Giles

Post Number:#9 by Jaime Lync
» 17 Aug 2017, 02:50

LadyClaire wrote:Great review, Lync. I might have to take your word for it and check it out. Thanks for sharing


Thanks Lady Claire. If you do check it out, let me know what you think about it. I think that you are able to check out a few of the first pages for free on Amazon.
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Re: Official Review: Fate: the Psychiatrist by John M Giles

Post Number:#10 by Kelebogile Mbangi
» 17 Aug 2017, 17:30

Jack sounds like a character I would love. Its refreshing when a character has a sense of humour. Thanks for the review. :)
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Re: Official Review: Fate: the Psychiatrist by John M Giles

Post Number:#11 by Jaime Lync
» 17 Aug 2017, 17:35

Kelebogile Mbangi wrote:Jack sounds like a character I would love. Its refreshing when a character has a sense of humour. Thanks for the review. :)


Jack is a really great character indeed. He seems very authentic and he is very funny in a hahaha kinda way.
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Re: Official Review: Fate: the Psychiatrist by John M Giles

Post Number:#12 by Athena Moon
» 18 Aug 2017, 06:25

Sounds like Jerry is stealing the story from Jack. After few first paragraphs of your review I already started imaging the plot revolving around his drinking problems or so, but you caught me off guard when Jerry became first narrative. Humorous psychiatrist sounds as freaky as clown from Spielberg`s IT. Thanks for the review!
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Re: Official Review: Fate: the Psychiatrist by John M Giles

Post Number:#13 by Jaime Lync
» 18 Aug 2017, 08:56

This is one of the most interesting writing styles that I have seen, to be honest. Thanks for reading and commenting Athena Moon
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Re: Official Review: Fate: the Psychiatrist by John M Giles

Post Number:#14 by Excitedreads
» 18 Aug 2017, 11:11

Nice review. I like that the author was able to switch between protagonists without leaving more to be wanted. And the fact that the book connected to you emotionally, makes me very intrigued. Nice one. I'll add this one to my list.
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Post Number:#15 by Jaime Lync
» 18 Aug 2017, 11:13

Thanks for reading and commenting Excitedreads. This book will definitely get a lot of people excited.
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