The Language of Dreams

The Language of Dreams is the debut novel by Marion Ehrenberg and follows the growing relationship between a psychologist and her troubled patient. The book is split between two main characters. Firstly we have Clare, a troubled young woman who is haunted by the death of her mother at a young age. At the beginning of the book, Clare has landed herself in hot water. She has a penchant for taking things that don’t belong to her and now she finds herself in court-mandated therapy. If it doesn’t go well she’s looking at community service or worse.

On the other hand, we have Avery. She is a seasoned psychologist who, at first, seems to have everything figured out. She’s wealthy, successful, and has a loving husband. However, she too is haunted by losses from her childhood. All Avery wants from life is a child, and that is the one thing in life that it seems she can’t have.

Clare is closed off and aggressive towards Avery at the beginning of the book, but mutual respect and affection soon blossoms between the two. As Clare comes to depend on Avery more and more, Avery feels the traditional lines between therapist and patient blurring. Soon it’s not just Clare’s mental health that Avery has to focus on, but her own too.

The Language of Dreams excels at creating and building the emotional and complex relationship between psychologist and patient. The author is a therapist by trade and her experience colors this entire novel and lends it an air of authenticity. Marion Ehrenberg has crafted captivating characters that feel real. This is a character driven story that focuses on human connection and how we deal with our past.

While I enjoyed the story, I would have enjoyed it if the mystery at the heart of story was a bit more shrouded as I feel this would have given the reveal at the end of the story more impact. Is the ending the result of fate or coincidence? This is left up to the reader to decide.

The Language of Dreams is a fantastic read that provokes self-reflection in readers. This is a light mystery story that focuses on the compelling characters, their evolution and their intriguing relationship.

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Posted on August 19, 2022, in Book Reviews, Four Stars and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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