Cleverly Written. 4/5 stars.
The Soul Dick written by EM L. Smith is a uniquely plotted story about a psychologist, Mason Burr, and his super neurotic [and I mean, super neurotic] patient, Jerry Zobec, of whom Burr spends the next 24 hours with. This is due to Burr’s fierce belief that he can help his patients better by having a full-on long session with them instead of the expected short sessions.
The professional relationship that develops between the two men is compelling, humorous and sometimes downright stressful. There were moments I just wanted to reach out to Jerry and put an end to his seemingly endless misery. But, I also couldn’t help but feel enormous empathy for him; he hates his disabilities and only wants to improve.
Smith’s characterisation of Jerry is brilliant, displayed in a mostly light-hearted and humorous manner, yet never in a way that belittles the serious issues of mental illness, particularly the one highlighted in this book. The many societal topics that Jerry broaches, [and there are many] I found quite thought provoking as I did the cause of his mental illness.
What truly captivated me was Smith’s clever writing. She masters the words on every page with such amazing skill, such natural wittiness and warmth.
I only have one question. Where does this Mason Burr reside as I have a couple of people who could really benefit spending 24 hours with him?
I’m hanging out now for the next book.
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest, non-reciprocal review.