What happens when doctor and patient find themselves in the same sinking boat, yet rowing in opposite directions—one clinging to the past, and the other unable to move beyond it?
Sam returns home from a business trip a day before his son's thirteenth birthday to find his world cruelly shattered in one fell swoop. Initially thinking he can cope on his own, Sam finally seeks the help of Cynthia, an experienced therapist. What he doesn’t know is that Cynthia herself is trying to recover from a debilitating divorce and the sinister shadow of her ex-husband. In the midst of it all is Lily, Cynthia's daughter, who harbors a secret that has the power to explode the lives around her.
Taut with tension and intensity, "Dark Blossom" explores what lies beneath the surface of the lives of apparently “normal” people.
"Dark Blossom" is a wonderful debut novel from Neel Mullick and he is going to be an author to watch. Cynthia is back to working with patients after taking time to process and work through a change in her own life, and yet she is unprepared for how Sam and his story is going to affect her personally. Sam has not been able to cope with the death of his wife and child and is reaching out for help. As Cynthia and Sam's lives become intertwined they are forever changed.
I loved how this story flows so nicely and at the same time kept me furiously turning pages to find out what was going to happen next. Having a counseling degree and background, this book was so interesting to me and I love learning how people are impacted by situations and how they are coped with. Each person we come into contact will have an impact on our lives, big or small, large importance, or little impact, no matter it is some type of impact. The characters are all well-developed and become so real, it truly felt as if they came to life within the pages. I am eager to see what Neel will write next!
Neel Mullick is the author of "Dark Blossom." The Head of Product and Information Security at a Belgian family-office technology company, Mullick is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University and INSEAD. He mentors female entrepreneurs through the Cherie Blaire Foundation for Women, is involved in raising a generation of digital and socially aware leaders with Nigeria’s Steering for Greatness Foundation, supports improvement in the quality of life of domestic workers through Peru’s Emprendedoras del Hogar, and works with IIMPACT in India to help break the cycle of illiteracy plaguing young girls from socially and economically impoverished communities. "Dark Blossom" is his first novel.
*Thanks to FSB Associates for the complimentary copy of this book.*