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Officer Randy Spelling had always wanted to be a police officer, to follow in the footsteps of her brothers and her father. Not long after joining the force, she mistakenly shoots and kills Lakeisha Gibbs, a pregnant teenager. The community is outraged; Lakeisha’s family is vocal and vicious in their attacks against Spelling. Suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, and filled with remorse, Randy is desperate to apologize to the girl’s family. Everyone, including the police chief, warns her against this, but the young police officer will not be dissuaded. Her attempt is catastrophic. Dr. Dot Meyerhoff, police psychologist, plunges herself into the investigation despite orders from the police chief to back off. Not only does the psychologist’s refusal to obey orders jeopardize her career, but her life as well, as she enlists unlikely allies and unconventional undercover work to expose the tangled net of Officer Spelling’s disastrous course.
This is a compelling story about how Post Traumatic Stress Disorder can effect someone in their everyday life, on and off the job. Officer Spelling finds herself in a tangled web after she shoots and kills a young pregnant teenager. Her life is turned upside down as she struggles to live her day to day life. With night terrors and images running through her head she is forced to see a psychologist to help her manage the PTSD's. This is a thrill ride through and through with every page containing danger, controversy and deep feeling. The author hits home on a lot of details of those who suffer from this illness. I could not give this book enough praise!
About the author:
Ellen Kirschman, Ph.D has been a police psychologist for thirty years. She is the author of the non-fiction books I Love a Cop: What Police Families Need to Know, I love a Fire Fighter: What Family needs to know, and Counseling Cops: What Clinicians Need to Know. Her debut novel, Burying Ven, is the first in the Dot Meyerhoff series. Ellen and her husband live in Redwood City, California.
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"Highly satisfying....Kirschman...perceptively treats complex racial, feminist, person and political issues while providing intimate knowledge of cops' shop procedure...neatly balances Dot's psychological expertise with her warmhearted humanity...." Publishers Weekly.
"Ellen Kirschman qualified as a police psychologist and worked for more than 30 years in the field. In this time she encountered a number of weird and interesting cases. This behind-the-scene experience reflects in the way she writes her novels. The story rollercoasters with a rookie cop accidentally shooting a civilian and she wants to make amends. The way the psychologist deals with the rookie cop's PTSD is inspirational and the book really captured my attention from the start." Net Galley reviewer.
"This story couldn’t be any more timely. It looks behind the headlines, into the lives of those involved in these tragedies and the events that might lead up to them." Net Galley reviewer.
"I read this book within 2 days! It's just so amazingly written. The author has a beautiful way to share a variety of emotions with the reader. Being a therapist myself, I really found the approach interesting. I highly recommend this book!" Net Galley reviewer.
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