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July 14, 2016

SINS AND LOVERS/Michael I Benjamin

Michael I. Benjamin


A Murder Mystery
Book 2 of 2
(from Amazon)
  • Series: Oranit
  • Paperback: 234 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; First edition (March 22, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 152362812X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1523628124
Jeannie's marriage is slipping away as fast as her friend Batya's sanity, and she can't seem to put on the brakes.
Jeannie, a social worker at a psychiatric hospital, considers her friendship with Batya problematic but can't desert her. Meanwhile Jeannie's coworker, the zany psychiatrist Jack, becomes Batya's secret lover, and Batya and Jack take on a crusade against the "shady side of psychiatry."
Their battle clashes with hospital administration—an administration Jeannie’s rich husband and father support through managed funds she doesn’t quite understand.
Family ties to the managerial elite and secrets Jeannie isn’t privy to lead to scrutiny when authorities start investigating issues at the hospital. An outside inquiry turns up questions about drug approval, the hospital's relationship with pharmaceutical companies, and its resistance to any corporation dealing with marijuana research. When everything goes wrong, Batya suffers a complete mental breakdown, and a body turns up in the sea next to the hospital.
What other secrets lie in the psychiatric institution? Author Michael I. Benjamin, a retired Israeli psychologist, questions his profession in Sins and Lovers, a m
Israeli psychiatrist Michael I. Benjamin managed psychiatric services and worked as medical auditor for both the Israeli Ministry of Defense and a large health-providing organization before retiring. He now acknowledges his anti-psychiatry, 1960s training as he rallies against an industry known for its medication-centric philosophy.
Benjamin is an avid supporter of Leeds United and dabbles in both local and national politics. He started writing at the age of sixty-eight and now writes as a hobby. He was born in the United Kingdom in 1944 and is married and living in Oranit, a picturesque village in Israel. Benjamin is the father of three children and grandfather of five.

First off, I would suggest reading the first book ORANIT: CROSSED LINES.   book. It is fiction but it has so much of a real and personal touch to it.   

Jeannie is a social worker at a psychiatric hospital.  Soon, you as the reader will be in Jeannie's life as she discovers secrets, a dead body and mysteries. If you like mysteries, murder mysteries, than this book will capture your interest. The author gives you mystery, suspense, murder and enough danger to keep your attention through the book.
Murder mysteries are never easy to solve and this one isn't the exception.  Jeannie's life already has it's share of problems  but now her marriage is failing.  On top of that, Jeannie's friend, Batya is slipping away emotionally.  You can't help but get involved with the characters and the situations in this book.  You want to know what makes these characters tick.  
 A mystery starts to evolve as the hospital's treasurer is found dead. Dark secrets are never hidden for long.  The light eventually starts to shine on them.   Everyone thinks that Batya is losing her mind with all the things she is babbling about.  But is it just insane babbling?  Or is it something from her past?  Where does Jeannie's family fit into all of this?  Will she discover that someone she loves is involved in the murder?   Jeannie starts to wonder why she ever became involved in this at all. Questions to be answered but are there answers to them?   Some mysteries can not be solved. Is this one of them?  Or should this one be left alone to hide in the deep dark recesses of everyone's minds? The author doesn't give you time to get tired of reading.  The pace is fast and those pages don't turn fast enough.  The reader finds realism and the possibility that this could really happen.   You're left at the end wanting more. 

 I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author in exchange for my unbiased, honest review.

I would give this book 4 STARS.

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