The Other Woman

Rated 5.00/5 based on 2 reviews
Robert Buchanan is a powerful psychiatrist with a shadowy past; Anna Sheffield, a prominent sculptor whose life has been destroyed by a violent gang rape; and Michele Palmer, a pierced and tattooed exotic dancer, a young mother who was once Robert’s nightmare patient. In the deceptive quiet of Berkeley, California, these three form a deadly triangle. More

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Words: 98,870
Language: English
ISBN: 9781310976445
About Abigail Van Alyn

I was born in New York City, raised in Greenville and Charleston, SC, and spent most of my adult life in the San Francisco Bay Area. An early career in New York journalism was followed by thirty years in the theater, acting on stage and in feature film and television. For ten years I was a company member of San Francisco’s much-awarded Eureka Theater where, among other notable achievements, the company developed Tony Kushner’s Angels in America. On a parallel track, I coach business leaders in communications skills.

I've had two plays produced. In the Wilderness/In the Zoo, a play for children, toured northern California schools and children’s hospitals and was broadcast on San Francisco’s PBS affiliate. And I'm especially proud of Lying to the Holy Spirit, about the works of Anton Chekhov, which was commissioned by Harvard University as part of the first cultural exchange between the US and USSR after glasnost. As pseudonymous George Fletcher I've published two books for young readers, modernizing Roman myths.

I live in far northern California at the foot of Mount Shasta, walking, gardening, coaching, and writing plays and long fiction.


Review by: Ellen Booraem on July 28, 2016 :
This is that rare entity, a truly character-driven suspense novel. Anna and Michele, two women scarred by sexual violence, are victimized yet again by a narcissistic therapist, Dr. Robert Buchanan. Told in alternating points of view, the story of their relationships is absorbing and tantalizing,especially as Anna and Michele begin to solve the mystery of Robert's horrifying past. As a New Englander, I also was entranced by Anna's helpful, endearing, and slightly silly Boston Brahmin friend Pinky--if I have a criticism, it's that I wish I could have spent more time in his company.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: aflower on July 18, 2016 :
In The Other Woman, Van Alyn masterfully weaves the voices of a trio of main characters into a tangled web of deceit, manipulation, personal struggles and desire. In this disturbing tale, psychiatrist Robert Buchanan, artist and patient Anna Sheffield, and jilted lover Michele Palmer are brought together from very different worlds. But throughout the book they clearly speak from their individual perspectives to tell their story. Van Alyn's attention to detail allowed me to be present in each scene, understanding why the individual players were making the choices they made, even as I told them "Don't do it!" If you enjoy reading about complex relationships and psyches, you will really enjoy reading this book.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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