So, despite going down a point in comparison to the last two books, this finale to the “I’m a Therapist” Dr. Harper trilogy is still an incredibly worthwhile read. The only reason it didn’t quite sit as highly as the first two, for me, is because of just how wild the ending gets. The believability factor came down, in a way, and I struggled with the end of this book and how it was handled. To avoid spoilers, I can’t explain further. I will say, however, that I wish this book didn’t end with a trilogy. I fell in love with the characters, and the idea of their story ending broke my heart.
This book, once again, handled some pretty serious issues, but they were handled well. Moreso, Dr. Harper- the author, not the character- continued to write absolutely incredible twists, turns, and cliffhangers that only made me love the book more. There were plenty of references that made me smile, and the character development paid off greatly.
My favorite part of this book was the romance subplot, which has been building up since the first- and finally, at long last, has a payoff. There’s so many special things about this trilogy, but the LGBTQ representation is among my favorite. There’s nothing unusual about it, no special attention paid to it, just two men going on dates- loving, well planned dates. So many times, LGBTQ is used as a plot device to show angst and strife in a character’s life. While Dr. Harper, the character, does have a background where he deals with his sexuality and his early homophobia, it isn’t something that carries the entire novel. It’s an acknowledgement, and then in his adult life, it’s an acceptance, and I love it for that.
By the end of the novel… well, there’s a found family dynamic that warmed my heart, and the last page in particular? Best way to end a novel. I truly loved this series, and have already bought another novel by Dr. Harper- The Disturbing Incidents at Lonesome Woods Boarding School. I think Dr. Harper has become a must read author for me, an auto buy. I’m still shocked that more people haven’t read this trilogy- they have my full recommendation.