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 Benjamin, a retired Israeli psychologist, questions his profession in Sins and Lovers, a morality play hidden in the guise of a murder mystery.
Rating: 5 stars
Sins and Lovers by Michael I. Benjamin is a murder mystery readers don’t want to miss. Inside, readers will find enough danger, intrigue, and mystery to keep them hooked. Two parents being taken by cops and questioned. A marriage on the verge of collapsing,secrets at a psychiatric hospital, and two friends who create more questions than answers. This novel is filled with an intensity that grabs readers instantly. The plot is faced-paced. A well-written tale that keeps readers guessing and hanging on the edge of their seats. The mystery captured me in whole. I didn’t know what to expect. I loved the characters. Their relationships were believable. The scenes created realistic pressures and danger. Sins and Lovers is a definite must read for readers everywhere. Michael I. Benjamin’s writing is masterfully woven in an entertaining way…that left me satisfied. This was his first novel I have read. I enjoyed reading it. Overall, I would recommend this murder tale to all.