Spin Doctor

Author: Leslie Carroll

Publisher: Avon Trade

Release Date: February 1, 2006

Blue Ribbon Rating: 3.5

Format: PRINT

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Summer is just around the corner, and now is a good time to look for that perfect stack of summer books. SPIN DOCTOR is an entertaining read that offers quirky characters and fun dialogue. This book examines the lives of an eclectic group of characters living in a
Manhattan apartment building. The characters have nothing in common, except for one thing. They are all patients of Susan Lederer.

Psychotherapist Susan Lederer offers free therapy sessions in an unusual location: the laundry room of her apartment building. In the depths of the laundry room, she helps her fellow tenants to air out their problems in a relaxed environment. While she writes progress notes on her therapy sessions, Susan has to deal with her own problems.

Life is far from perfect in the Lederer household. Susan is becoming more and more frustrated by her distracted husband and her underachieving daughter. When secrets come out, Susan realizes that she needs support as much as her patients do.

SPIN DOCTOR is a book that reads like a sitcom or comic soap opera. Author Leslie Carroll introduces a cast of interesting characters, which include the frustrated new mother, the struggling ballerina, the bored West Indian housekeeper, and the lesbian couple attempting to adopt a baby from China. Some characters are more interesting than others, and the book jumps from one life to the next. The different personalities add flavor to the story.

SPIN DOCTOR excels when the story focuses on the central character, Susan Lederer. Her life is about juggling different roles: therapist, mother, and wife. She tries hard to balance her career and her family life. Susan is one of those characters who seem too nice to be true. Still you can't help rooting for her to get her own life back on track.

SPIN DOCTOR is a fun book that is perfect for a summer afternoon. This book is more about characters than any particular plot. Author Leslie Carroll knows how to present an assortment of diverse women with entertaining personalities.

By Romance Junkies Reviewer: Hana K.

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