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He's in deep.A series of grisly murders has forensic psychiatrist Frank Clevenger on the case of a lifetime and the fight of his life against a brutal killer with a horrific trademark and his own howling demons of sexual compulsion, self-destruction, and...Denial....

Title : Denial
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ISBN : 9780312965969
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 368 Pages
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Denial Reviews

  • Vickie
    2019-04-10 09:51

    It took me a little while to get into this one, the main character is flawed flawed flawed. Then I realized why he is the way he is and I kept learning more as I continued to read. Frank Clevenger is a forensic psychiatrist and is in need of a therapy himself. He treats himself with cocaine and alcohol and anything else he can think of further damage himself. He does care about his patients and that is what won me to his side. I really don't think I'd like him as a person, but I'd want him as my therapist. What life has thrown at Frank, lets him empathize with other damaged souls. I will be reading more of this series and in sequential order. I don't normally do this.

  • Ella
    2019-04-12 12:42

    The ending seem abrupt and stupid.

  • James Fitzgerald
    2019-04-02 09:34

    When I started to read this book I didn't realize that this was the first fiction novel for this author. So I was critical about the writing of this mediocre story. However I did not give up on it and continued. the main character is not likable he is a psychiatrist who has a few bad habits cocaine,gambling, drinking, and chasing women. Thru half the book you come to understand where Frank Clevenger has evolved from. At that particular point you start to connect to the good Doctor and appreciate where he is in this mixed up world. The base line of the story is about a serial killer that mutilates the bodies of his victims. They arrest a homeless man that is at the scene of the murder and need the Doctor to verify that he is able to stand trial, rather than going through the motions he believes that he did not commit the murder. Shortly after another woman is found killed and brutalized the same way. I enjoyed the book was it the best book I ever read. No! Did I want to find out what happens next YES! I believe the writer will become more proficient as he continues writing fiction.

  • Alyce Rocco
    2019-03-23 09:21

    Reason I gave up on Denial by Keith Ablow ~ I could not muster up any feeling of caring what happened to main characters. The story started out interesting: women found murdered, breasts cut off, homeless man calls police telling them he killed a virgin. From there it turned into porno, S&M scenes, perverted doctors and the women who loved being degraded by them. I kept wondering when the story would get back to the deranged homeless man, determining if he did indeed kill the women. By that time I truly stopped caring if the psych doc would go into drug rehab, and win back his lady. If I say anymore I would need to add Spoiler Alert.

  • Stephanie
    2019-04-19 12:44

    This was a poor example of American literature. I expected a mystery novel, similar to the Criminal Minds show, and all I received was the story of a cocaine addicted psychiatrist who couldn't keep it in his pants. Not something I would ever pick up again.

  • _speedy
    2019-04-18 09:29

    ...some people hurt so much they can't take what they need, even when someone wants to give it to them.This book just wasn't for me. I like flawed characters, I really do, but they need to have something human/good in them. But Frank Clevenger was just some lame excuse for a man. He was abused when he was little, and you would think that alone would make him want to help people, but he just ends up hurting them even more. He has a nasty cocaine habit, problems with intimacy and of course enjoys rough s*x. What a cliche. If you were to base your opinion on women based only on this book, you would think they were weak, whiny, possesive and like to be degraded by men. The book is classified as a psychological thriller but it was really just a mediocre story about some fucked up individuals.

  • Delilah
    2019-04-19 08:23

    I was slightly disappointed in this novel. When a forensic psychiatrist writes a crime thriller, I expect a level of introspective intensity in the characters that I just didn't see demonstrated by Mr. Ablow. There were elements of cleverness that kept me reading this otherwise mediocre story; I appreciated the raw raunchiness and the thoroughly unlikable protagonist. At the same time, I wanted the author to step up his appeal to both my visceral love of the macabre and my ability to read above a junior high school level, and I didn't feel satisfied when it was through.

  • Tara Kable
    2019-04-16 08:34

    Well, not really sure quite what to say about this book! It was a real page turner, but in the same effect as a train wreck...You just can't look away! Frank is totally messed up, his girlfriends are totally messed up, and the book was beyond graphic with the sex scenes. Definately not for the squeamish or faint of heart. I definately recommend reading these in order, as there is a lot of back story on Frank and why he is the way he is. A great book, but definately not "light" reading.

  • Debbie
    2019-04-06 15:34

    So many dysfunctional characters, short bursts of raw sex (no romance). About 50 pages into the book I was ready to quit because I couldn't deal with the characters that lacked my respect and had no self control. But I plodded on and the story did suck me in.With things coming to a conclusion, I was ready to give this 4 stars. But the end was just ridiculous. Characters that are narcissistic, emotionally immature, have no self control, and no social skills.I wish I hadn't wasted my time.

  • Carl
    2019-04-08 11:23

    Recommended by my friend Chris Tran. Very graphic in the sexual scenes and no holds barred in the depiction of a doctor on a down spiral of drugs, sex and alcohol. Not for the squeamish, but well plotted.

  • Nicole
    2019-04-02 11:31

    I learned that people are not what they seem on the outside and you should try to to find something that is deeper and hidden in that person who seems shy on life.

  • Dorie
    2019-03-26 14:44

    If you take all the things I don't care for in a character, roll them into a into a ball, and wrap it up with an attitude towards life that I equally don't care for........this novel would pop out. You can skip sections at a time and miss nothing. .....this is just plain crappy writing, and for me, worthless. I am really hoping this is not the same attitude of all his novels, because I have looked forward to reading this author, from friend suggestions and reviews on here. For me, it is hard to take a sex and drug addict seriously...esp. one borrowing money from his mother to buy enough drugs to make it to the next stripper bar....if sex, porn and drugs are your thing, this is for you. But it's not written well or engaging.... just blunt and boring.

  • Ken Schloman
    2019-03-30 15:29

    This is the first volume of the Frank Clevenger series about a criminal forensic psychologist. I have to say I first read #4 of the series and wanted to go back and get more of the protagonist's back story. While the story line is about a series of grisly murders, to me the novel is a character study of a very flawed and really unlikable "anti-hero". As the novel develops , you can see how messed up Clevenger really is and how he tries to fight his demons. In that regard the novel succeeds. As to the solving of the murders, the solution reminds me of a made for cable TV movie. It doesn't grab me and just doesn't seem to work well. Still a decent read.

  • Tony Rello
    2019-04-04 09:23

    I found the constant gratuitous sex distracting.

  • Connlou Ross
    2019-04-11 13:44

    Serial killer on the loose and the search is on. The main character Frank Clevenger is a forensic psychiatrist who helps to find the killer. Clevenger fights his own demons and personal struggles and this makes for an interesting read. As a reader I found it with so much twists and turns that the killer at the end of the book was so shocking and took me by surprise.

  • Wendy
    2019-04-20 14:44

    Frank Clevenger is a forensic psychologist on the verge of hitting rock bottom. His cocaine habit, penchant for gambling, and his philandering ways have led him to the edge. His love life is in shambles; his job is on the line; and a serial killer is on the loose. This is the first book in a series that came highly recommended. Fortunately, I had been warned ahead of time that the main character, Frank, was not an admirable person up front, but that the book would in fact get better and be hard to put down once the story took off. I was not disappointed. The title, Denial, is very fitting for this particular book, not only in respect to the murdering rage of the serial killer who is acting out on past victimization, but also for the main character who is struggling to come to terms with his own abusive childhood and his current addictions and problems with intimacy. I have never been a fan of sex scenes in books and would have preferred they be less graphic in this particular one, but other than that, I enjoyed Mr. Ablow’s novel and look forward to reading more about Frank Clevenger and the challenges he undertakes.

  • Teddycuda
    2019-03-24 13:46

    When I rate a book I consider what I expected when I picked it up. I expected a good psychological mystery...I got a psycho-sexual ..thriller. I expected a little more ......maybe..dignity from Keith Ablow. And I thought it might be more difficult to figure out. Too much explicit sex for my preference. I like Frank in spite of his many failings and quirks. His girlfriend is way too controlling for me to like her...(maybe I just understand his disease more than I understand hers.) of course, that is about he characters,not the book, but I think if I can have a feeling about characters the writer has done a good job. The pace is good, not a lot of drawn out explanations and I don't want that in this kind of book. I will read more of this series ...probably all of this series, because that is what I do. Now that I know what I am getting into I will probably be more liberal,with the stars.

  • Marlene
    2019-03-27 09:36

    I gave it four stars because I really liked it - I think. I'm so confused. I wouldn't classify it as a thriller. Yes, there was murder, serial killings, but that isn't really what the story was about. I started out thinking that I did not like the main character. I'm not sure I liked any of the characters. They were all weird; screwed up, and they ran the system: psychiatrists, surgeons, nurses, policemen, etc. For me, that was the part that was scary. The book was intriguing. A lot of descriptive sex, if you are into that, but it really was part of the craziness. It was part of who the characters were. The characters creeped me out - but kept me reading.

  • Samantha
    2019-03-29 09:23

    I think this is an interesting debut novel. Loved the concept of having a lead character as a forensic psychologist that is addicted to cocaine, strippers and alcohol. It was a great concept to start a series. I'm definitely going to be reading the sequel to this book. I found it interesting how Mr. Ablow led you down the garden path before taking a sharp turn into moral ground at the end. What would you do? Turn in someone you love because you have to due to your job or help them and break the law? I just found the whole issue fascinating and can't wait to see how it all plays out in book two. I would highly recommend this book.

  • Susan
    2019-04-16 13:31

    I've heard about this author for a while now and have actually had this book on my shelf for several years. I finally pulled it down to read. Generally, when I'm not captivated by a book, I just put it down and move on. This one was tricky. I was not captivated. I didn't really like the main character. I kept thinking "I'm going to give this 2 more pages…." Pretty soon I realized I was 3/4ths the way through and totally hook ed and even was liking Frank Clevenger, forensic psychiatrist, drug addict and alcoholic. There's a serial killer out there and it looks like the killer is using surgical instruments to mutilate.

  • lunaticprophet
    2019-04-11 08:42

    **** Another good one from Ablow.. this is my favorite of his (so far) or maybe I've just gotten into the flow of his work and am starting to admire it more. Whatever the reason.. this is a good one... his first one in a continuing series that I've been reading out of order -- the "life and trials" of Frank Clevenger. The plot all came together for me at about page 200 without my having to try and figure it out. I enjoyed the realism of human emotions, thoughts, behaviors and the "everyone is damaged" characterizations adds more realism than most books.

  • james
    2019-04-09 14:30

    This is a medium speed read about a psychiatrist who is asked to find sane a homeless and disturbed man, who has been discovered at the scene of a ghastly murder. The suspect has confessed; the psychiatrist need only go through the motions. He has his doubts. Then shortly thereafter another very similar murder takes place and it's clear that the homeless man, although disturbed, isn't guilty of murder.

  • Joe
    2019-03-23 11:48

    Very interesting debut novel and start of Frank Cleavenger series, different slant on physiatrist type thriller novel, the lead character has some serious personal demons of his own & is certainly not picture perfect... I really enjoyed it and I felt it was something new & I look forward to reading more novels by this author..

  • DW
    2019-03-20 11:46

    I enjoyed this book. It was well written, exciting and engaging. Plus it takes place in Boston and recognizing certain settings, sites and monuments produces a certain affinity. I'm not sure if this is part of a series with Dr. Klevenger as a recurring character or if this book is stand-alone but I'm curious to pick up another Keith Ablow and check it out. Gritty and raw.

  • Joanne
    2019-04-03 10:36

    Thank you again to my pen friend Kathy M. For sending me a box of her books from America. Over a year ago GoodReads matched us up as friends and I've made a friend for life. We share letters, all kinds postcards book marks cotton book covers. I really enjoyed this book and recommend to all my friends.

  • Chrissy Owens
    2019-03-30 14:24

    This is the first novel in the Frank Clevenger series, and had I not purchased parts 1 and 2 at the same time I would have no idea that Ablow turns out to be a very intriguing and entertaining writer. I didn't like this book at all due to the graphic sexual content and had to skim past most of the pages. Not for conservative readers.

  • Jan
    2019-04-15 12:44

    Murder, mystery, drugs, sex and many twisted and flawed characters are all part of Ablow's first book in his Frank Clevenger series. A forensic psychiatrist, Frank is treating himself with alcohol and drugs while finding pleasure and pain in his association with an OB doctor who is severely flawed. The twist at the end is its own reward.

  • Bonnie McHenry
    2019-03-23 13:51

    I liked this story. The protaganist is very flawed, but likable at the same time. I love his search for inner peace which coincides with his struggle at finding a serial killer and trying to correct an unhealthy relationship and a drug habit. Graphic sex scenes, but are relevant to the story. All in all a good read and will read the next in this series.

  • krin
    2019-04-17 15:31

    At first I wasn't sure if I would like the book as the main character, Frank Clevenger, was not the most likable person. But as the story progresses and Frank has to both solve the crimes and face the reason he tends to self-destruct, I got more interested in how the story would end. I look forward to reading more about Frank and his friends and enemies in the next book, Projection.

  • Lori
    2019-04-16 09:47

    I have a couple books from this author on my bookshelf. I went to the library to get this one which is first in the series. WOW, loved it!! I can't wait to get the next one. I did nothing but read this book straight through.