Author: Anise Eden
Reading Level: Young Adult
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Released: February 16th 2016
Review Source: Diversion Books
All of Cate’s problems are in her head. That may be her greatest strength.
Cate Duncan is a promising young therapist, dedicated to her work. But after her mother’s suicide, she is seized by a paralyzing depression. To save her job, Cate agrees to enter a program with Dr. Angeline MacGregor, run by her stern son, Ben, and housed in a repurposed church. Cate doesn’t quite understand what the program entails, but she soon learns that the skills she will develop there may not only help her learn how to cope with her own problems, but will also lead her to a much greater purpose.
The MacGregor Group is a collection of alternative healers whose unconventional approaches include crystals, aura reading and psychics. They know that their life’s work invites skepticism, and welcome the chance to prove naysayers wrong. But they need the unique abilities that Cate can bring, and as she slides ever closer to her own abyss, they will do everything in their power to protect Cate from those who wish her harm — including herself.
Initially I wasn’t as keen to dive into this book. Not that I didn’t think I’d enjoy it, I just put it in line for later. Having started it, I’m totally drawn in and it’s spectacular.
Cate is quite literally like any girl I’d know, even me. She’s strong, yet internally confused like the rest of us, and has a healthy dose of skepticism. I like that. As a therapist, she knows how to help people, but it’s tough to ask for help when she needs it. With the sudden loss of her mother, she’s completely adrift in her feelings and cut off from work, her clients and can’t seem to pull herself together. At the behest of her boss she see’s a therapist, an old friend of his, Dr. McGregor.
The program she enters however isn’t like she expected. She’s the only patient. They aren’t doing yoga, but juggling crystals and talking about healing’s through powers that simply cannot be.
Cate keeps fighting the powers that be, and in her case that’s her Boss Dr. Neilson, her new sorta-boss Dr. McGregor and her son Ben. She can’t stand Ben. But the team that she is working with and learning from seem to be an okay ragtag bunch of parapsychology mentors. No matter how hard Cate w
orks on herself over Hell Week in the program, she can’t disconnect from her work, or her clients. It’s quite literally killing her.