The Hypnotist

The Hypnotist

[a Novel]

Unknown - 1999
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Drawn together by mutual friends and a shared love of art, Signe, a talented photographer with a promising career, and William, a psychiatrist, construct an intensely private and passionate world of two. From the beginning, William asserts subtle but firm control of Signe (influencing what she eats, who she sees, how she works and where she lives). While Signe willingly exposes her emotional world to William's intense scrutiny, he remains relatively unknown to his lover. Driven by a desire to penetrate the mystery of this man with whom she is enamoured, Signe turns her inquisitive eye to the professional world of hypnotherapy. As her aperture widens, Signe comes to recognize just how much of her independence she has surrendered to William.  Slowly, inexorably, the confining walls of their intimacy begin to crumble, until Signe re-emerges as her clear-eyed, spirited self.

In precise and evocative prose, Sarah Sheard has written a cautionary tale about the perils of romantic love, reminding readers of its intoxicating, but ultimately short-lived, effects. Sheard draws upon her powers as a seasoned novelist and her insights as a practising psychotherapist to pen a compelling psychological thriller.
Publisher: Toronto : Doubleday Canada, c1999.
ISBN: 9780385258463
Branch Call Number: FICTION SHE


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