Sunday 25 August 2013

***Review*** In Session by M J Rose

Released: 20th September 2011
Publisher: AuthorBuzz
Series: No, but a collection of short stories
Format: Digital ARC
Source: Netgalley

Author Site: M J Rose

Many thanks to Netgalley and the Publisher for my review copy, this is in exchange for an honest review.

Goodreads Synopsis:

In Session, from international best seller M.J. Rose, features the return of Dr. Morgan Snow, in a brand-new story collection!

As a therapist specializing in sexual issues, psychiatrist Dr. Morgan Snow isn't easily shocked or shaken, as readers and listeners of the popular "Butterfield Institute" novels know. There are times, however, when the need for her services leads her out of the office... and into unfamiliar worlds.

In these stories, the therapist matches her wits - and her training - against three men of mystery: Jack Reacher, John Rain, and Cotton Malone. These characters are, of course, familiar to listeners as the creations, respectively, of New York Times best-selling authors Lee Child, Barry Eisler, and Steve Berry. All three swore that their characters would never agree to therapy - unless Rose found a way to get them there. And she did.

In "Extenuating Circumstances" with Steve Berry's Cotton Malone, a woman seeks help for her lover, and sends Dr. Snow overseas on a most unusual house call.

In "Decisions, Decisions", Barry Eisler's John Rain forces Dr. Snow out of her own comfort zone, and into the world of a former patient's worst nightmare.

And in "Knowing You're Alive", with Lee Child's Jack Reacher, there are revelations for both the injured Dr. Snow and her unexpected savior/patient.

Note that this book uses the actual narrators from each character's respective series (Phil Gigante/Natalie Ross: Dr. Morgan Snow; Scott Brick: Cotton Malone; Barry Eisler: John Rain; Dick Hill Jack Reacher).

All the proceeds of the audiobook and a share of the proceeds of the ebook will be donated to David Baldacci's Wish You Well Foundation, supporting family literacy. (wishyouwellfoundation.org/)

These characters are the creations, respectively, of New York Times best-selling authors Lee Child, Barry Eisler, and Steve Berry, and are used with their full knowledge and participation.

My Review:

First off I will say that I have never come across the characters written in each short story.  I was happy enough to read through each one and glean an insight into each character.  As with all short stories one wills stand out more than the rest and this was the one featuring Barry Eisler's John Rain.  This particular story was great, I loved the character John Rain and I will certainly be looking out for books featuring this character.

Maybe if I had of read books with the characters in it might have rated more than 3 stars, but in all honesty I couldn't knock the stories or the writing style.

The main character Dr. Morgan Snow is interesting and it was nice to see how all the stories linked in with her, each scenario is completely different.  So I didn't get too bored with the stories, not that they are terribly long anyway.

I think if you are a fan of each character it would be worth a read, if nothing else you may get a deeper understanding of the person.

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 I enjoyed the short stories, and I certainly would check out other books featuring the characters.

My Thoughts on the Cover:
I love the colour scheme and I am totally a sucker for butterflies.  Maybe if you stare at the cover more you notice the butterfly on the right is a bit damaged...... or is it just my imagination?


Anonymous said...

Thank you for the review - using known characters from other author's series' is one elluva novel idea and it's certainly gotten my attention. My personal hero here is Cotton Malone, and having read all 8 books by Berry, all 2 interviews he's had with Elaine Charles from the Book report radio show, all the youtube video's - I still don't know why he's called Cotton Malone! I don't suppose it is revealed in this book?

Chocolate Chunky Munkie said...

I haven't read any other books with Cotton Malone in, he's a new character to me. It didn't give any informaion about how he came about his name......

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