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Wednesdays at One

by Sandra A. Miller

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If you donít confront your pastÖit might confront you first. Dr. Gregory Weber appears to have an enviable life. He's a renowned clinical psychologist residing in an elegant home in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with his wife, Liv, and their two kids. But Gregory feels increasingly disconnected. His marriage is strained, his children are distant, and he canít stop fixating on an unforgivable mistake he made when he was seventeen. Something no one else knows about. So when an unscheduled client named Mira starts to appear in his office every Wednesday at 1 p.m. with knowledge about his past, Gregory quickly grows obsessed with her. Is she a new patient? A secret referral from a colleague? Someone connected to his teenage transgression? As his attraction for Mira grows more intense with each session, so does her probing scrutiny of him. Soon Gregoryís professional boundaries begin to dissolve, and he becomes the patient, desperate to uncover his connection to this mysterious woman and find out what she wants from him. In searching for the answers, Gregory risks losing everything that matters: his career, his family, and his mind.… (more)
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Hmmm... I think this book had an interesting premise and had a lot of potential but for me it just missed the mark. I mean it's a solidly told story, I just struggled to feel engaged or connected. Gregory is basically, in my opinion, experiencing a midlife crisis. And he doesn't care that he's pushing everyone away, which he justifies because of his big secret. I must admit that I didn't really like Gregory the entire book. He marries Liv, who comes from a wealthy family, and basically cuts off his family because they are embarrassing to him. He just wasn't likable. He didn't have any redeeming features in my opinion. And the moment Mira comes into his life, he literally becomes unbearable.
Gregory becomes obsessed with Mira to the point it interferes with his home and work life. He suspects that Mira knows something about his secret, and it quickly becomes clear that she does. I have to say that to me the "plot twist" in this one felt very obvious from the start. Even though it becomes obvious kind of early what Gregory's secret is, the author doesn't tell us until about halfway through, and then it feels like the story kind of disrails itself. Gregory is worried about the personal reprecussions of people finding out his secret, and thus pushes them all further away. I think by the point that Gregory begins to question Mira and her motivations, the story just felt stilted.
I wanted so much more from this story but instead it was just a lot of Gregory whining about his life and how unfair everything was. I was excited for the ending because I thought things would turn out one way, but the last like three chapters of the book just did not fit. They felt awkward and really do nothing to endear Gregory to you. Honestly the ending is what ensured the book was only a three star read for me, it's just so out there. I think the book could have been so much better without Gregory... or even told from anyone else's perspective. Overall, it's an interesting look at how secrets can damage our personal lives, but that's about it. ( )
  BookReviewsbyTaylor | Jul 11, 2023 |
This review was written for LibraryThing Early Reviewers.
"The truth doesn't cost anything, but a lie could cost you everything." Sandra A. Miller

This line resonates through the whole novel and is questioned by the main character with everything he does. Dr. Gregory Weber has become a renowned clinical psychologist and is amazing in what he does to help others, but as his wife often reminds him, psychologists need to ask for help when needed also. Having lived with a terrible secret he has kept for decades, he feels his life is unraveling and that he is not worthy of everything he has and his wife is starting to question his sanity and morals. When a new patient shows up one day, he is intrigued and everything he has ever done as a doctor during sessions with patients is out the window with this one. She takes control of the session and turns it back onto him and his life any chance she gets. He is intrigued and at a loss, and yet he cannot stop seeing her. There is something pulling him to her and he needs to find out who she is and what is her meaning in seeing him. Gregory is forced to face his past, one terrible decision and how he has used that to distance himself from anyone and everyone in his life. As the truth of that night slowly unwinds, Gregory tries to come to terms with himself, that decision and his sanity. I really enjoyed this psychological novel about forgiveness and the result of our actions. Thank you to the author, publisher and LibraryThing for the free novel. This review is of my own opinion and accord. ( )
  Chelz286 | Jul 6, 2023 |
This review was written for LibraryThing Early Reviewers.
This was a good poolside read. Nothing to heavy or intense, but just enough plot twist to keep me interested. The characters didn't really have a ton of dimension, but were likable and relatable enough.
  beachbaby1124 | Jun 28, 2023 |
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I received this item as an Early Reviewers book, I was surprised to get an actual book and not an Ebook. A nice change. This book started off really good, I was intrigued and interested all the way to the last couple of chapters when the patient for the Wednesday at One was revealed. I was so disappointed to find out it was a spirit/ghost/figment of an imagination. I really wished it was a bystander who happen to see the accident and was blackmailing the doctor, but no it was a ghost. I wish the ending lived up to the promise of the beginning of the book.
  Rhea1023 | Jun 20, 2023 |
This review was written for LibraryThing Early Reviewers.
This novel through intriguing, left me disappointed. It begins with Gregory and his life as a psychiatrist living in a failing marriage. The failing marriage and lack of bonding with his children and wife is due to an incident when Gregory (now an adult), is ashamed of and is eating himself up over his guilt. He makes half-hearted attempts to connect with his wife and children, but however they are so bitter toward him that the attempts fall flat. Frankly, if he has been carrying around this secret since he was 18, I wonder why his problems relating to his wife and teenage children now become an issue and now is the time it is affecting everyone. There are a series of events which take place which bring him to a point he feels he must confess his past mistakes and ask for forgiveness. The biggest disappointment in this book is that the time he chooses to make this confession is at his father's memorial service. In front of his father's and his own friends and families he tearfully brings this incident which has been haunting him to light. To me, this was a time (memorial service) that should have been centered on his father and to me made it seems selfish for him to make this confession at such an inopportune time. ( )
  jeanie0510 | Jun 11, 2023 |
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If you donít confront your pastÖit might confront you first. Dr. Gregory Weber appears to have an enviable life. He's a renowned clinical psychologist residing in an elegant home in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with his wife, Liv, and their two kids. But Gregory feels increasingly disconnected. His marriage is strained, his children are distant, and he canít stop fixating on an unforgivable mistake he made when he was seventeen. Something no one else knows about. So when an unscheduled client named Mira starts to appear in his office every Wednesday at 1 p.m. with knowledge about his past, Gregory quickly grows obsessed with her. Is she a new patient? A secret referral from a colleague? Someone connected to his teenage transgression? As his attraction for Mira grows more intense with each session, so does her probing scrutiny of him. Soon Gregoryís professional boundaries begin to dissolve, and he becomes the patient, desperate to uncover his connection to this mysterious woman and find out what she wants from him. In searching for the answers, Gregory risks losing everything that matters: his career, his family, and his mind.

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