Slow start but soon becomes a page turner. Though I'm not into psychoanalysis there are some interesting things to learn regarding the old school of psychology. Excellent writing style and a rather unusual crime mystery full of twists and turns.
I enjoyed this book. However, I found it dense with regard to all the psychoanalysis a subject I am not particularly interested in. There certainly were some great plot twists. The strange thing is that I really didn't care too much for the main characters but definitely enjoyed the young detective in the book. I hope he appears in the second one as well.
The authenticity of the dialogue in the first couple chapters bogs one down. Mercifully, the chapters are short. The actual story then moves right along with interesting characters and details of the era. I didn't 'get' who did what to whom in the end. Freud came across as a very unlikeable jerk.
A very interesting work, cleverly weaving historical fact, and the early tenets of psychoanalysis (psychiatry: the title is obviously a reference to Freud's "The Interpretation of Dreams") into a mystery story. Clever, but not unfair, plot twists. (Some may find the references to sexuality offensive, but it is realistic given the theories of the day.) Rubenfeld is probably an author to watch for.
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