I finally read The Fall Before Flight yesterday. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but it sounded interesting. I was skeptical of a relationship between a doctor and patient, but this didn’t feel skeezy at all. Mia (Amelia) is a troubled woman, who hadn’t been the same since the death of her mother and younger brother when she and her twin brother were kids. She engaged in a lifetime of risk taking and danger, nearly dying more than once. Finally, after driving her car off a cliff, her father and brother admit her to an exclusive inpatient psychological health center for 30 days. Dr Leo Chastain is her therapist, and she finds him attractive from their first session. But because this is not a facility for mentally healthy people, she pushes his buttons, fights him, and tries to use her sexuality to break him. He resists, and eventually gets her to trust him.
This book takes place both during the thirty day inpatient period, and then afterwards once Amelia is released. She rebuilds her relationships with her family, and fosters new friendships. She and Leo do have a relationship after she is no longer his patient, but the best part of this for me was seeing Amelia’s path to healing. She had suffered not just the loss of her mother and brother, but also another huge loss she had repressed. She has to reconcile that loss with her new life, and also learn *how* to have relationships with people. She had never really done that except with her twin brother.
This was an intense book, with a beautiful ending. L.M. Halloran did a fantastic job with this one.
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