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Conor ha nove anni ed è autistico. O per lo meno così pensa sua madre, Laura Deighton, una famosa scrittrice che lo affida alle cure del dr. Innes, uno psicologo newyorkese appena trasferitosi nel Dakota. Al medico basta poco per capire che la situazione è molto complessa e coinvolge tutta la famiglia del bambino. Peccato però che proprio Laura non accetti la terapia ma prConor ha nove anni ed è autistico. O per lo meno così pensa sua madre, Laura Deighton, una famosa scrittrice che lo affida alle cure del dr. Innes, uno psicologo newyorkese appena trasferitosi nel Dakota. Al medico basta poco per capire che la situazione è molto complessa e coinvolge tutta la famiglia del bambino. Peccato però che proprio Laura non accetti la terapia ma preferisca raccontargli fuori dal rapporto psicologo-paziente la storia della sua vita. Una vita difficile, ricca di avvenimenti e di bruschi cambiamenti di direzione, nella quale la vivissima fantasia di bambina prima, e di giovane donna poi, la porta a creare la figura di Torgon, una donna con poteri sacri, una sorta di alter ego con il quale Laura stabilisce un rapporto al limite del patologico che condizionerà profondamente non solo la sua, ma anche la vita della famiglia. Non sarà facile per James, dibattuto tra la sua intuizione, le cose che apprende dalle sedute con il bambino e i racconti di Laura, arrivare a capire qual è il vero problema di Conor. Quando finalmente la verità verrà a galla sarà una verità sorprendente e con un risvolto oscuro che lascia senza fiato....

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Il gatto meccanico Reviews

  • Hannah Almond
    2019-02-19 04:44

    I can't quite describe how engrossed I became in this compelling novel. It is so complex. It took me a few chapters to get used to the multi-layered layout of the story. How it flicks between the therapy sessions of Connor & his sister Morgana, their parents (Laura & Alan) & James’s the therapist’s life, was a little confusing to me at first. Once I got used to this format, I found the whole story absolutely fascinating!! Especially Laura's sessions with James! The vividness of Laura's imagination regarding her trips to 'The Forest' & Torgon's stories were indeed highly interesting. When it all came together at the end of the book, the revelations surrounding the 'ghost man' - (that I had come to believe was just a complex fantasy of the troubled little boy Conor's imagination), & how it actually turned out to conceal the terrible truth that lies at the heart of Conor's problems, was a shock indeed. The final revelations of what Laura had done & the effects this had on Connor - who was in fact not autistic at all, just deeply troubled by what he had witnessed, was indeed very clever, not to mention a very good twist ending to the story. This book is so cleverly written, with reality and imagination entwining, that it definitely leaves the reader guessing right until the very end. I have to admit the very final page of the book (regarding the 'Lion King' ) is a feast for thinkers & has had me pondering the parallel storylines of the book ever since I finished the very last page. I can imagine it has had others who have read this doing so to :) I've recently become a huge fan of Torey Hayden's books, & I really couldn't recommend her very first novel 'Overheard In a Dream' enough! This book left me with so many interesting questions/thoughts, that I very much hope that a sequel is written because I don't think we have heard the last from Connor and his family

  • Erika
    2019-02-06 05:55

    First, let me say that normally I love Torey Hayden's writings. I've read many of her nonfiction novels about her own experiences in working with disturbed children. But I could not finish this book. The writing was well done, as always with Hayden. The synopsis leads you to believe it's mainly about an autistic child's therapy treatment. But the story got way too far away from this. The majority of the plot was centered around the mother's fantasy imagination as she grew up. I think Hayden would do better to stick to her non-fiction case studies.

  • Kris
    2019-02-13 04:45

    I really don't even know where to begin with this one. I guess I could start with a general observation about the author: Hayden is an American (grew up in Montana), writing about events taking place in the United States, but moved to Wales in 1980 and (I believe) still lives there. Although her fictional characters and the real people she writes about are all from the United States, she still peppers her books with British words. I'm not just talking about spelling color "colour", or saying "socialising" instead of "socializing", although she does do that; I'm talking about having American children refer to their "Mum" or using "boot" instead of "trunk", etc. This Anglicizing begins to feel like an affectation, and it can be a bit jarring to the reader. An American author writing about American characters for an American audience, I feel, should be using American English; otherwise she comes off as a bit pretentious. A small quibble, true; but if it's scattered throughout the book, and I cringe a little bit each time I see it, it slows the reading down.Update: I just read that Overheard in a Dream is actually the English title of the book; the American title is The Mechanical Cat. So apparently, I've read the English edition of the book, and that would explain why this particular book is filled with "English-isms". But Hayden has done this in most of the other books I've read as well.To be honest, I've gotten a bit burned out on Hayden. Not because she's a bad writer; while she comes across as a bit naive, she does an excellent job of describing the harrowing conditions her clients have gone through. And really, that's what has me burned out - the rough, incredibly violent and emotionally exhausting situations these children have been through. I tried to break things up a bit by reading some lighter fare (James Patterson) in between Hayden's books, but when I would return to her work, I was faced by yet another example of adults destroying children's lives. I need to take a break, so I'll be holding off on reading and reviewing any more of Hayden's work for a while.I started reading the book quite a while ago (October 12); I don't know if it's the book itself, or being burned out on Hayden, or the fact that this is fiction, while most of her other books I've read are not, but I just could not get motivated to continue reading. I thought of putting it to the side and coming back to it later, but knew I wouldn't return to it if I left it. So I soldiered on, and things started to get better.This book is about four intertwining stories. The narrator, James, is a child psychologist who has recently divorced his wife and moved from Manhattan to the Badlands of South Dakota. His interactions with his ex-wife, his children, and his co-workers are one of the stories (and really, probably the least necessary to the main plot). Conor, one of James' clients, is a young boy who has been (possibly incorrectly) diagnosed with autism; James' sessions with Conor and Conor's treatment are a second part of the plot. As part of his methodology, James requires the parents and siblings of his patients to participate in counseling as well; these sessions are a third part of the story, especially Conor's mother, Laura's recounting of her childhood and early adulthood. In counseling, Laura confides to James that she can see into a different world, that of a woman called Torgon; Laura's stories of Torgon's life are the fourth and final part of the story. Hayden switches back and forth among these four story lines, and in fact, there is a point where she spends so much time with Laura's and Torgon's stories, that I thought she had forgotten about what was supposed to be the central issue in the book - Conor's treatment. But by the end of the book, I realized (or realised) that the stories of Torgon and Laura actually explain the defining moments that caused Conor's withdrawal and autistic-like behavior.I enjoyed reading James' interactions with clients like Conor and other children; it was interesting to compare that to how he spoke with and treated his own children. Hayden also did a good job of giving Conor his own, different way of speaking - referring to himself in the third person, making statements or requests via his stuffed cat, and his way of making observational statements: "Here is a window.", etc.So, really, I did enjoy parts of this book. And the book, as a whole, wasn't bad; Hayden's writing style is smooth and (usually) easy to follow, and she doesn't bury the reader under a lot of technical lingo. The characters were, for the most part, interesting, but I didn't care about them as much as I had those in her nonfiction. And maybe, at the end of it all, that's why I didn't like this book as much as I did her nonfiction - I didn't have that emotional investment in the characters.

  • Dana
    2019-02-13 05:51

    Nine year old Conor comes to James as an autistic child in need of help. James, a psychiatrist, starts with play therapy and discovers that Conor is not autistic but is very, very troubled and emotionally disturbed. Little by little Conor who feels very safe in James' play therapy room starts to communicate. He sees ghosts and is haunted by them.James decides to involve the whole family and starts to hear Laura's, Conor's mother, story. Laura is a famous writer. She weaves a story about her life from her childhood on. It involves a whole fantasy world revolving around Torgon. The story is an elaborate fantasy with well developed characters and plot. James must decipher what is real and what is not.I found the book totally predictable. Torgon's story was a bit tedious and I would have preferred more of Conor's story and less of the fantasy. Even the little twist at the end was 'telegraphed'. I did enjoy the book but this is not up to the standards of Hayden's non-fiction.

  • Leila P
    2019-02-07 06:59

    Pidin kirjasta kovasti, se oli mukaansatempaava ja jännittävä romaani jota täytyi ahmia, jotta saisi tietää miten oikein käy / oli käynyt.Välillä häiritsi se, että näkökulma Jamesin (no, Torgonin tarinaa lukuunottamatta), ja kaikki tapahtui hänen vastaanottonsa puitteissa. Olisi ollut mielenkiintoista nähdä Deighntonin perheen elämää eikä vain kuulla siitä heidän kertomanaan ja Jamesin tulkitsemana. Oudosti tuntui myös siltä että kirja jää jotenkin kesken, sillä olisin halunnut tietää mitkä olivat seuraamukset lopun paljastuksen jälkeen. Yhtä kaikki, kirjan kaikki kolme suhteellisen erillistä tarinaa/tasoa (nykyisyys, Lauran muistelut ja Torgonin tarina) nivoutuivat hienosti toisiinsa ja jokainen niistä oli kiinnostava.Lisäksi kirja käsitteli todella kutkuttavasti mielikuvituksen, luovuuden ja fantasian voimaa ja niiden läheistä suhdetta mielen tasapainottomuuteen. Scifin ja fantasian fanina Torgonin maailma ja Lauran yhteys siihen oli minusta kiehtova.

  • Maria Gatto
    2019-01-22 06:54

    I can honestly say, this book was almost impossible to read. The book jacket very much misrepresented the plot of the book. This book could have easily been 100 pages shorter. There were way too many ideas for the book, which were poorly executed and not interesting to the story. The plot focused mostly on Laura and her fantasies, but was described to be a book about her son Conner. There was a twist at the end, but since the rest of the book was so disappointing, I cannot give it more than one star. The characters were not fully developed & there was so much more that could have been said or detailed to make the story more appealing. I really could care less about Torgon and her fantasies involving that. I found the doctor the most interesting character, but he was again not given enough of a backstory. Altogether the book was very disappointing all around.

  • Christien Newbury
    2019-02-07 03:46

    DisappointingI desperately wanted to like this novel by one of my favourite writers. I have read and loved her real life renditions of children she has taught. But sadly this book does not compare at all. I was either bored to tears or embarrassed for Ms. Hayden. It's so amateurish. I ended up speed reading and then skipping huge sections (those in italics) because the whole thing was too far fetched. The only reason I gave 2 🌟s is because I liked Conor and his cats.

  • Elisa Vangelisti
    2019-01-29 00:41

    Delusa da questo romanzo, che era partito benissimo, ma che è franato miseramente. La trama sull’autismo si svolge in parallelo con una storia fantastica di pura invenzione della madre del bambino protagonista. Noiosa al punto da saltarla del tutto. Comunque l’autrice si conferma fantastica, ma la preferisco quando racconta dei suoi casi reali che in un romanzo di fantasia.

  • Sally
    2019-02-17 05:57

    I really struggled with this book, but finished it because I'm a fan. I did not enjoy it

  • Agoaye Leblog
    2019-01-28 05:36

    Je ne m'attendais pas à une telle lecture, si travaillée, si romancée et avec trois histoires séparées mais en même temps si imbriquées.J'ai beaucoup aimé

  • Carlee Loveday
    2019-01-29 05:34

    Don’t really enjoy toreys stories as much as her true life

  • Yassemin
    2019-01-29 07:37

    Initial impressions I started out with reasonably high hopes for this book, the premise sounded great, right up my street and it read well albeit it perhaps a little slow if anything for the first couple of chapters. Anyway it soon became apparent aside from having very little in the way of actual plot, that it was going to take a weird turn. The book soon turned from a psychological case study regarding an autistic kid to becoming centred around a weird fantasy life of the kids mother when she was a kid. At this stage I gave up. Just wasn't what the book advertised itself to be. Plot + CharacterisationPlot- The plot "allegedly" surrounded a child called Conor who has already been diagnosed with Autism. When his mother, famous novelist Laura finds she cannot handle him any longer and her relationship with her husband Alan also begins to suffer as a result, she seeks the help of James, a child psychologist. You would assume based on the above, which was pretty much the synopsis given on the book albeit in slightly different wording, that the emphasis of the story therefore would be around Conor, perhaps identifying the issues he has and seeking to find a manageable solution. The blurb however lied. This was more of some strange fantasy than a psychological novel. It revolves around for the most part the mothers early life where she recounts strange tales of worlds she created out of her imagination. To make matters worse, we are then forced to hear about these tales in detail by us being provided by various stories she had written down after the time to try and keep the memory/dream as vivid as possible. Basically the book turned out to be something it didn't advertise itself as and I was very disappointed.Characters- The characters were fairly weren't too bad. Conor was mildly annoying but that was to be expected having no understanding and perhaps tolerance of autism unfortunately, Alan and Laura were likeable and you sympathised for both of them and James well seemed nice enough. Cliched would also be another way to describe them but I suppose in these novels they would be to a degree. Still, likeable for the most part and fairly well developed when not going into irrelevant detail about Laura's imagination rather than her (and Conor's, life). Writing So based on the above, bearing in mind, I have been mislead and lied to by the blurb in the book, the book goes on a completely different tangent in regards to genre from psychological to fantasy of which carries no coherence at all, this would have usually attracted a one star and perhaps an utter rubbish label however its one redeeming feature was, that although by no means literary brilliance, it read well. It read slow, the pace was certainly very slow but once again could be expected from what you would get from a psychological book. The writing is what made me continue quite a way into the book before giving up but had to stop when I'd just quite simply had enough of the fact that Laura and her stupid and very boring, not to mention childish, oh and also completely uninteresting imagination became the main plot of the book when the blurb advertised otherwise. Overall Based on the writing, I would possibly give this author one more go, but beyond that, unless more promising, I won't be bothering because I felt deceived here and thats not a very good selling point.

  • PekanKisu
    2019-02-03 02:47

    Erilainen, ehkä liiankinMielestäni tämä kirja oli kiinnostavalla tavalla erilainen, leikitellen tarinankerronnan rajoilla. En ollut vielä lukenut kirjaa joka olisi kerrottu osissa. Kokonaisuus kuitenkin tökki. Kirjan alussa saa kuvan, että tarina perustuisi juuri tämän sähkökissan omistajaan, Conoriin. Poikaan jota kaikki luulevat autistikseksi. Hänet tuodaan James-nimiselle terapeutille,sillä hän ei usko diagnoosia. Tämä kuvaus kirjasta sai minut valitsemaan sen. Pian kuitenkin otetaankin odottamaton käännös ja keskitytäänkin Conorin äitiin, Lauraan, ja hänen ja Jamesin välisiin keskusteluihin. Laura kertoo fantasiamailmastaan, jota on kuvitellut jo lapsesta saakka, mailmasta jossa hänen turvanaan on Torgon, metsän asukki joka matalista kotioloista kohotetaan pyhään asemaan. Torgonista tulee kirjan kolmas päähenkilö, ja noin puolet kirjasta on omistettu hänen jokapäiväiselle elämälleen Metsässä. Oletin realistista kirjaa, joten tämä puolet/puolet jako fantasian ja realismin välillä tuntui oudolta, ja usein kun huomasin että seuraava kappale olisi taas Torgonia, teki mieli vain ohittaa koko osuus. Torgonin yliannostus saa sen vertauskuvallisen merkityksen, jonka hänellä oli tarkoitus olla hälvenemään. Tuntuu, että tilaa on raivattu liikaa hänelle, ja muiden hahmojen kehitys jää vähäiseksi. Olisi ollut kiva tietää enemmän Jamesista ja Alanista (Lauran aviomies). Tuntui, että Jamesin jäi yksipuoliseksi "sankariksi", eikä draamaa hoitovirheestä tai avioerosta käsitelty muutenkuin ohimaininnoilla päätarinan välissä. Ja Alanin vähäisetkin hetket toivat toista näkökulmaa, olisi ollut loistavaa kuulla enemmän häneltä. Kirjassa oli paljon hyvääkin, loppua kohti kirja oli hyvinkin mukaansatempaava, Torgonkin. Se oli myös hyvin elävästi ja kuvaavasti kirjoitettu. Loppuratkaisu oli kuitenkin suurin pettymys. (view spoiler)[Koko kirjan ajan Laura tekee suuren pointin siitä, kuinka Torgon ei ollut aito, kuinka hän oli vain osa tavallista laajempaa mielikuvitusta. Kuinka hän ei voinut ottaa Torgoniin suoraan yhteyttä, eikä Torgon häneen. Mutta loppu vetääkin liian kliseisen käännöksen. Morgana (Lauran tytär), on kirjan ajan puhunut ystävästään "Leijonakuninkaasta", jonka kanssa hän on käynyt purolla leikkimässä. Lopussa paljastuukin, että Leijonakuningas olisikin Torgonin poika. Morgana ei voisi millään tietää Metsästä, sillä Laura sanoi, ettei hän ollut kertonut edes miehelleen. Joten ainoa vaihtoehto joka jää on se, että Metsä onkin totta. Morgana olisi siis saanut äidiltään taidon ottaa yhteyttä "toiselle puolelle". Käännös antaa tunteen epätoivoisesta yrityksestä saada syvällinen lopetus. (hide spoiler)] Hyvin kirjoitettu, erikoisella kerronnalla, kokonaisuus on kuitenkin irrannollinen ja tasapainoton, lopusta jäi paha maku. 3/5 viimeiselle sivulle asti, 2/5 sen jälkeen.

  • Annemarie
    2019-01-23 00:40

    Gemengde gevoelens heb ik over dit boek. De verwachting van het boek is deels zeer goed uitgekomen, maar deels ook helemaal niet.Dit boek gaat over de negenjarige Conor die de diagnose autisme heeft en in therapie komt bij kinderpsychiater James. James werkt vanuit een methodiek waarbij het hele gezin betrokken wordt bij de therapie en niet alleen het kind in kwestie.Laura, de moeder van Conor, lijkt in een net zo grote fantasiewereld te leven als Conor. Ook zij komt voor gesprekken bij James. Aanvankelijk zouden die gesprekken vanuit de methodiek van James over Conor moeten gaan. Zijn manier van werken is echter zo dat de cliënt de baas is. Dit om vertrouwen te creëren en daarmee meer openheid te krijgen van cliënten. Laura vertelt echter helemaal niks over Conor. Sterker nog, ze lijkt het helemaal niet over haar zoon te willen hebben. Ze vertelt het verhaal van haar verleden wat begint als zij 7 jaar is.Over het verhaal zelf zal ik nu niets schrijven in deze review om spoilers te voorkomen. Wat ik enorm sterk vond aan het boek was de beschrijving van de therapiesessies met Conor. In begrijpelijke taal weet Hayden de lezer helderheid te geven over hoe een therapie kan verlopen, hoe een therapeut kan werken en waarom een therapeut bepaalde handelingen juist wel of niet doet. De ontwikkeling die tijdens deze therapiesessies beschreven worden zijn mooi. Wat mij betreft had dit nog uitgebreider gemogen.Wat ik een tegenvaller vond, was dat er enorm veel aandacht uitging naar Laura en haar verhaal over het verleden wat behoorlijk wat zweverige momenten in zich had. Haar verhaal is door Hayden compleet uitgediept en het verhaal van Laura werd eigenlijk een apart verhaal in het boek. Dan waren er nog delen uitgewerkt van de verhalen die Laura had geschreven over haar verleden. Dit werd daarmee een derde diep uitgewerkte verhaallijn, bijna een fantasy-achtig verhaal. Ik heb niks tegen fantasy, sterker nog, zo op z’n tijd een mooi fantasy boek vind ik echt genieten. Maar vanuit de achterflaptekst had ik de verwachting dat het verhaal voornamelijk zou gaan over Conor en zijn therapie. Ik vond het dus jammer dat de verhaallijn van Laura meer op de voorgrond trad dan die van Conor.Wel vond ik het erg goed geschreven en met die reden vind ik het zeker 3 sterren waard. Geen topper voor 4 of 5 sterren door waarschijnlijk mijn verwachting die niet uitkwam.

  • Nicole
    2019-01-27 05:58

    Torey Hayden - Overheard in a Dream / The Mechanical Cat Victoria Lynn Hayden, known as Torey L. Hayden, is a child psychologist, special education teacher, university lecturer and writer of non-fiction books based on her real-life experiences with teaching and counseling children with special needs Conor is nine and autistic, or at least this is what his mother, Laura, an aloof, self-absorbed novelist, thinks when she entrusts his care to child psychiatrist James Innes as a stop-gap while the family finds the boy a new residential placement. In contrast, Conor’s rancher father, embroiled in divorcing Laura, does not feel there is anything wrong with boy. Six year old sister Morgana insists Conor really does see ghosts.Only when Laura falls into her role as a storytellerdoes James gain access to the complex turmoil engulfing the family, learning of Laura’s own difficult childhood, full of loneliness and abrupt change which combined with vivid imagination to create the fantasy figure of Torgon, a woman with sacred powers, a sort of alter ego with whom Laura establishes a rapport so profound that it has affected not only her life but the lives of all those around her.Between his sessions with Conor and Laura’s haunting stories, James slowly uncovers a world where what is imagined is as real as what is physically present but is still not enough to contain the terrible truth that lies at the heart of Conor’s problems. TOREY says that although the story is entirely fiction, she wrote it to explore her own experiences with creativity. She had a very vivid fantasy life as a young child which started much the way Laura's did in the scene from the book and it carried on well into her twenties. She says that also, like Laura, she used to "drive people nuts" when she was an adolescent by making up scenarios and characters and "testing" them in real life to see if they were realistic.Originally THE MECHANICAL CAT was not accepted for publication in English. Now published in the UK titled OVERHEARD IN A DREAM.In rejecting the novel, her publisher told her this was because the book did not fit into an existing genre. It was actually described as "too novel". As a consequence, the book haSd its world debut in Sweden, followed a week later by the Italian publication and in Finland. Now published in Japanese, it has gone on to become a best seller in all four countries.

  • Booksofdoom
    2019-02-18 02:43

    Perhaps the best book yet from the always very entertaining Torey Hayden.The original title is The Mechanical Cat (fiction, 1999), but it was not published in English. I read it in Swedish. And is seems also to be published in Italian, Finnish, Japanese, and Indonesian.This book is, unlike Torey Hayden's usual work, not from her own life, but pure fiction.It is set both in our real world and in a fantasy world belonging to one of the main characters. There are many differences from the usual Hayden style, but there is still a child with severe psychological problems: Conor, nine years old. A pale boy with fair hair. He sees a family therapist, James.Conor is diagnosed as autistic, but James suspects it is a mistake and that Conor is really traumatized by some event. When Conor first comes to therapy, he's mostly unavailable. He refuses to let go of his toy cat, his only comfort. The cat goes first wherever Conor must go and through the toy he can explore the world. Laura, Conor's mother, is a writer. She lives with her husband and the two children Morgana and Conor in a house close to nature. It is she who has the fantasy world that she escapes to. Lauras own mother died early and Laura was put in a foster home where her foster brothers sexually abused her. In the fantasy world we follow Torgon, high priestess and ruler of the Forest. She is raped, but survives and grows stronger from each experience. Torgon is a healer and inspired Laura to become a doctor, but Laura got mixed up in new-age and broke off from both her charismatic but unstable boyfriend Fergus and school . Instead she starts to write novels based on her experiences through Torgon.James earns bigger and bigger trust from Conor, who begins to express himself more clearly. He describes how a ghost came to the house when the father was away and how Laura had blood on her hands.

  • Read2review
    2019-01-22 04:32

    ** For the full review please check out **This book was very gripping I felt it very hard to put it down. From the start it gets you thinking of many different scenarios. Towards the end I found that my mind had figured out what had happened to Conor but I needed it confirmed.The fantasy world that was created was very realistic and drew you in. It gave a lot of ideas for where the story was going to go. Like the way that Torgon was behind the medical training. When she killed her lover I had an inkling that this was the direction the book was heading in and when it was revealed I was not entirely surprised and the devastating effects it had on the family were very understandable.There is a hook to start the book off and many contained within. Even the last line of the book was a major hook, it has left me wanting more to find out if James is able to finally help the family and help Morgana before it’s too late and she ends up in the same situation as her mother.I have always stayed away from books by this author as I didn’t think they were helpful to someone who has had dealings with psychiatrists. However now I think if she has published other novels I will read them but for now I remain cautious of the real life stories.Over all I really enjoyed this book and felt the characters were detailed, both the real life characters and the ones in Torgon’s magical world.I would give Overheard In A Dream 4/5** READ MORE AT:

  • Den
    2019-01-24 02:39

    This is not like her other books but still well worth a read. I tended to read things into the story which weren't there!.This book starts off with a psychiatrist James meeting a strange young fellow named Connor, who purrs like a cat and attaches foil wires to himself to keep him safe. James mantra is that kids in his room can do whatever they like and so slowly with no pressure Connor starts to come out of himself and by the end of the book he is having conversations (of a fashion) with people. He is also hinting at strange happenings which James cannot figure out, until a chance event near the end makes a lot of things clearer. To try and help Connor, James also meets with the rest of the family. The weird one being his mother Laura, who was able to travel to another world when she was younger after she was attacked and raped by her foster brother. The characters in this alternative world are brought home to you by the stories Laura leaves with James. So as well as feeling for the present day characters, you are getting involved with this 'other' world and also Laura's past. All the characters seem to refer to ghosts which in the end all seem to tie in together.

  • Rosalie Oliver
    2019-02-06 06:51

    3.5, I think this book could be described as being part fantasy, even though all the elements of fantasy apparently occur in dreams, part thriller, part drama. I found it well-written and enjoyable and it is clear the author has drawn on her extensive knowledge of child psychology to create this book. However, I don't know if it's my ignorance showing but there are parts of the book that seem to defy belief for me. For example, would a child of two really be so damaged by what he witnessed that he would start to appear autistic? Would he even really understand what he saw, let alone remember it in such detail? Also, wasn't the psychologist's behaviour, on numerous occasions, incredibly unprofessional and unethical? Plus there were so many loose strings - over and over it is mentioned how the mother never talks about/ asks about her child and at the end that is still unexplained. What happens to Connor after the big reveal? He's not suddenly cured is he? What happens to the mother? A good, fun read if you are patient enough to put up with the separate seemingly unconnected strands, but could have been better.

  • Linda
    2019-02-12 03:53

    A truly clever, horrifying and quite beautiful book.This is a very psychological book, you get to follow mainly 2 characters, but lot's of different stories within these. First there's James the psychatrist, who get's a new patient, 9 year old Connor. He purrs like a cat and makes mechanical noices and won't speak. Then there is Laura, his mother, who when she was young, fled to a different world in her mind after being raped, she fled to a small society in the woods, with a different system in all way's, with realistic characters wich you also get to know.This book is very terrifying as well as it containes ghosts and different realities, Connor's sister Morgana for example is afraid of ghosts and Connor always refferes to ''the man under the carpet'' wich gave me at least, the chills. I really enjoyed this book, I have read it several times, and I would recommend it to anyone!

  • Carla
    2019-02-04 03:34

    Este é o 4º ou 5º livro que li desta autora e o único até agora que não correspondeu às espectativas.Foi o único em que a autora não faz parte da história, o que sinceramente não estava à espera. A história cansou-me, detestei a personagem de Laura, não gostei de ter de ler toda aquela fantasia criada por ela, quando chegava a parte das histórias criadas pela mãe de Conor só me apeteceu mudar de página (para ler fantasia agarrava num Senhor dos Anéis ou algo parecido).Toda a personagem de Conor foi pouco apronfundada, achei muito superficial.Em resumo achei estas 300pp superficiais, aborrecidas e quase vazias de mensagem. A autora tentou dar um pouco mais de cor e talvez de siginicado na última página do livro. O que para mim não resultou.

  • Tuija
    2019-01-31 05:36

    Torey Hayden is one of my all time favourite writers. She is wise and tells the story so that it's almost impossible to put the book down! This one was exceptional in that it wasn't told as her own experience, but as a novel about a therapist called James and his client family of four people. The one who seemed to need help most is a boy of nine; Conor. He has a diagnosis of being autistic. It soon becomes clear to James that Conor is not autistic, allthough he behaves a lot like it at home. When James gets to meet the family members individually, he finds out there is a lot more to the story than anyone could imagine! Imagination being a key word here...A very compelling read, I recommend warmly! And all her other books as well.

  • Danielle
    2019-02-03 23:58

    I read this book 5years ago and perhaps I was a little bit young I couldn't really get into it. But now I am older I have a different perspective to this book. It is cleverly written, with reality and imagination entwined, and it definitely left the reader guessing right until the end. Even after finishing the book, I would still think about the parallel storylines and find further links that I didn't realise at the time of reading it. The only let down, which initially annoyed me at the beginning but not at the end, was the focus on the mother and her story. Being used to Torey focusing on the child in every book, it was frustrating not to have more to read on the boy. Nonetheless a lovely story and touching as always.

  • Merja Pohjola
    2019-02-02 07:37

    Unfortunately Torey Hayden was a disappointment this time. I found this book mostly boring.... I usually enjoy her stuff, but not this one. Maybe after reading her best work all the others are a bit of a let down. She should stick to true stories, her novels are just not that good. I felt like I was reading The Mists of Avalon when I felt like reading more about the "autistic" (or not...) boy.... argh. Reread it in Jan, 2015. I guess it didn't make an impact since I didn't realize I had already read it (but in Finnish) until I was too far along to stop. Well, gave one star more, but I still think the "childhood stories" were boring.

  • SouthWestZippy
    2019-02-15 02:00

    Taken from the back of the book. "Nine-year-Old Conor, haunted by the 'ghost man' is labeled autistic. His mother Laura, an aloof, enigmatic novelist, can't handle him, His rancher father Alan, is fighting desperately to keep him from institutionalization."Psychiatrist James is called in to help with Conor and over time pulled into Conor's family dynamics. This is a hard book to review, so much is going on in the book I can't pinpoint what I want to talk about. It is just over the top drama and I could not keep up with who, what, where and when. I love Torey Hayden's Nonfiction books. Her fiction not so much. I wish she would use the same format as her Nonfiction.

  • Paulo Silva
    2019-02-18 07:30

    Depois de ter lido 3 livros da autora (que gostei bastante) estava a espera de outro livro dentro do mesmo género, ou seja, relatos baseados em factos reais resultantes da sua experiência profissional com crianças problemáticas, mas este livro é um romance que eu adorei ler do principio ao fim. Um dos melhores livros que li nos últimos tempos. Um daqueles livros em que não conseguimos parar de ler querendo devorar página atrás de página, e com um final brilhante. Para mim, livro recomendado sem dúvida nenhuma.

  • Filipa
    2019-02-08 03:39

    In fact the book is not bad or poorly written. The story is kind of funny and catch our attention.However, its not the style of Torey. Not at all... Taking into account that I'm used to her, since I read all of her books, this one left so much to be desired. No doubt that I liked much more her books portraying real scenes instead of fictitious ones.For me, it was too much history, too much fiction, too empty ...It could earn three stars, but given what Torey accustomed us, I think two stars is ok ...

  • Rachel
    2019-02-05 03:40

    This is the first fiction book I've read from Torey Hayden and it was just as good as her non-fiction stories, the clinical case made believable by my knowledge of her extensive experience through reading her other books. Being fiction, this story had closure which some of her others lack. There was a bit of a magic realism element which I usually wouldn't go in for in this case I think Hayden pulls off the 'is it real or isn't it' factor.

  • Kerry
    2019-02-13 03:34

    Oh dear Me I thought this book had promise. I love love love all Torey Hayden's other books but this one was such a let down. Maybe authors really should stick to what they know. It started off so well, good characters and what sounded like a good plot. However I think the plot was taken over by one characters fantasy writing which quite frankley added nothing to the story and it would of been possible to read the remaining text without it and the reader still to get the full story.

  • Gabbie
    2019-01-27 07:40

    I really liked this book. There was not a moment while reading that I got bored or wished the story would hurry up already. It was well paced and the characters were all interesting. Best of all, I had no idea what was coming up, not even an inkling of how the book would end. This is a fairly common problem with many of the books I read, I'm usually able to perceive how the book will end which ruins it slightly for me.