Sunny Randall is hired to protect a bestselling novelist from her ex-husband. He's not only a stalker...he's a shrink. And when Sunny becomes his patient, she discovers as much about herself as she does about the criminal mind...
Shrink Rap is not a Spencer novel, it is a Sunny Randall novel, his female, Spenser-like character. I do not mind a bit all these comparisons between him and her - Sunny Randall is a wonderful character. Enough defending and onto the story: Boston PI Sunny Randall, while coping with whether to be with ex-husband Ritchie who's family is mob connected or to be able to finally let go and move on with her life and this does not mean just jumping into bed with other men, it means letting them in emotionally as well. It seems neither she nor Richie has found a way to do this, but he is willing to try with another woman and makes Sunny aware of his intentions, creating more internal turmoil and maybe a time to look at the why of their bonding with a professional clarity.
Against this emotional back drop, Sunny takes on a new case, becoming a bodyguard to a romance writer ready to go on tour, and who's ex-husband, a psychiatrist has taken to stalking her, reducing her to an almost catatonic state at times. I do not want to give too much away, or turn this column into a long description of the story, but all the wonderful dialogue is worth the read.
Parker, the grand master, shows he still is The Grand Master!
Additionally, I don't think that I've ever been more shocked with a narrator. My five year old sister would have done a much better job. Didn't anyone give this woman an audition before you let her further destroy a really bad novel? Soooo much exagerrrration, soooo much inflecccction, and soooo much over-acting. So much for subtlety.
I read many, many books on CD, and I've never written anything about them, but I feel it is my duty to warn all of you out there about this disaster. I've heard some pretty poor narrating and listened to some not-so-great stories, but this one was so over the top, I just couldn't believe it. I sat there iin amazement that someone not only chose to publish this, but decided it should be an audio book, and then let Raffin narrate it. The only positive aspect was that I rented it from the library, and didn't waste any money.