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Welcome to the world of the forensic psychologist, where the people you meet are wildly unpredictable and often frightening. The job: to delve into the psyche of convicted men and women to try to understand what lies behind their often brutal actions. Follow in the footsteps of Kerry Daynes, one of the most sought-after forensic psychologists in the business and consultant Welcome to the world of the forensic psychologist, where the people you meet are wildly unpredictable and often frightening. The job: to delve into the psyche of convicted men and women to try to understand what lies behind their often brutal actions. Follow in the footsteps of Kerry Daynes, one of the most sought-after forensic psychologists in the business and consultant on major police investigations. Kerry's job has taken her to the cells of maximum-security prisons, police interview rooms, the wards of secure hospitals and the witness box of the court room. Her work has helped solve a cold case, convict the guilty and prevent a vicious attack. Spending every moment of your life staring into the darker side of life comes with a price. Kerry's frank memoir gives an unforgettable insight into the personal and professional dangers in store for a female psychologist working with some of the most disturbing men and women.


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Welcome to the world of the forensic psychologist, where the people you meet are wildly unpredictable and often frightening. The job: to delve into the psyche of convicted men and women to try to understand what lies behind their often brutal actions. Follow in the footsteps of Kerry Daynes, one of the most sought-after forensic psychologists in the business and consultant Welcome to the world of the forensic psychologist, where the people you meet are wildly unpredictable and often frightening. The job: to delve into the psyche of convicted men and women to try to understand what lies behind their often brutal actions. Follow in the footsteps of Kerry Daynes, one of the most sought-after forensic psychologists in the business and consultant on major police investigations. Kerry's job has taken her to the cells of maximum-security prisons, police interview rooms, the wards of secure hospitals and the witness box of the court room. Her work has helped solve a cold case, convict the guilty and prevent a vicious attack. Spending every moment of your life staring into the darker side of life comes with a price. Kerry's frank memoir gives an unforgettable insight into the personal and professional dangers in store for a female psychologist working with some of the most disturbing men and women.

30 review for The Dark Side of the Mind: True Stories from My Life as a Forensic Psychologist

  1. 4 out of 5

    Alice (Married To Books)

    Purchased for 99p on a Kobo daily deal! I love forensic books. Always have and also always looking for new ones to add to my reading list. The Dark Side of the Mind is a memoir that follows Kerry Daynes and her working career as a forensic psychologist in secure hospitals and even in criminal cases, as well as some traumatising personal events that happen to her such as being harassed and stalked. The overall tone and mood were creepy and very dark. The parts about her psychologist work were the Purchased for 99p on a Kobo daily deal! I love forensic books. Always have and also always looking for new ones to add to my reading list. The Dark Side of the Mind is a memoir that follows Kerry Daynes and her working career as a forensic psychologist in secure hospitals and even in criminal cases, as well as some traumatising personal events that happen to her such as being harassed and stalked. The overall tone and mood were creepy and very dark. The parts about her psychologist work were the most interesting to read about. The writing, however, felt quite rambly at times and therefore took longer for me to complete. Overall- an OK read!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Ruthy lavin

    This book has been described as ‘enthralling and terrifying’ - I would have to agree. A very well written and fascinating account of extremely interesting and sometimes harrowing cases. A must read for anyone with an interest in Psychology and True crime.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    Having long been a fan of this author through her work featuring on documentaries as she gives her expert take on horrific crimes, I was excited to get stuck into her memoir. To say I couldn’t put it down was an understatement. Her stories are fascinating, complex, terrifying and more. The author takes us from her beginnings as a trainee psychologist and through her career working with sex offenders to women in secure units who have escaped violence and abuse. The author eloquently discusses the Having long been a fan of this author through her work featuring on documentaries as she gives her expert take on horrific crimes, I was excited to get stuck into her memoir. To say I couldn’t put it down was an understatement. Her stories are fascinating, complex, terrifying and more. The author takes us from her beginnings as a trainee psychologist and through her career working with sex offenders to women in secure units who have escaped violence and abuse. The author eloquently discusses the complexities of mental health, offending behaviour, working with people that are so unwell they forcibly disassociate from their own personalities and some of the more notorious patients she has had, including child killer Mark Bridger and Moors’ murderer Ian Brady. This was a brilliant read and a must have for the bookshelves of any crime sleuth.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Alex (ReadingBetweenTheNotes)

    The Dark Side of the Mind is an absolutely fascinating book. Part memoir, part true-crime non-fiction, it provides a gripping insight into the human mind in some of its darkest moments. I have always been fascinated by how the mind works (I have a career in psychology and did consider specialising in the forensic field at one point). So I already had a good feeling about this book before I even opened it. But Daynes’ writing was superb so I loved it even more than I thought I would. I often strug The Dark Side of the Mind is an absolutely fascinating book. Part memoir, part true-crime non-fiction, it provides a gripping insight into the human mind in some of its darkest moments. I have always been fascinated by how the mind works (I have a career in psychology and did consider specialising in the forensic field at one point). So I already had a good feeling about this book before I even opened it. But Daynes’ writing was superb so I loved it even more than I thought I would. I often struggle with non-fiction but had no such issue here thanks to Daynes’ conversational tone and use of humour. It really does feel like you’re listening to a friend tell you about her day at work. I genuinely couldn’t get enough of the anecdotes that were shared throughout this book. Daynes took me through a whole range of emotions and kept me reading late into the night to see how she handled the different situations. I felt gripped by every single case she presented. It was interesting to get an insight into the author’s personal life as well as her profession. I had thought that these moments might distract from the main focus of the book but this was not the case; instead, they added to my enjoyment. The book did make me feel quite reflective about the short time I spent working in a secure mental health hospital (and the reasons why I subsequently left the post). Daynes’ descriptions did not match up with what I had experienced and it made me feel quite sad at what I saw certain patients go through. Thankfully, that particular place seems to be in the minority. Overall, I enjoyed this book immensely and would highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys true crime or learning about the way the human mind works. I would certainly read more books by Kerry Daynes!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Rita Costa (Lusitania Geek)

    Ahhh, Love this book ! It talks about Kerry Daynes, a psychologist forensic who portraits about a few chapters of her professional life dealing with some “clients” (murderes to stalkers), in a variety of procedures that would determine how dangerous is to the public, her experience in the courts as an expert in the victim’s or accusers behaviours and some personal views as a victim herself...inside and outside in her work environment. If you like the book / tv serie “Mindhunter”, it’s the neares Ahhh, Love this book ! It talks about Kerry Daynes, a psychologist forensic who portraits about a few chapters of her professional life dealing with some “clients” (murderes to stalkers), in a variety of procedures that would determine how dangerous is to the public, her experience in the courts as an expert in the victim’s or accusers behaviours and some personal views as a victim herself...inside and outside in her work environment. If you like the book / tv serie “Mindhunter”, it’s the nearest you can get to the topic and definitely next book to read about human behaviour in criminal side. I do Recommend!!! 5 ⭐️

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jacqueline

    Ooh, I liked this one a lot. I love to read about psychology and I watch a lot of crime shows, so when we chose this for book club, I was very intrigued - how would it be to read these stories when I'm used to watching them? Let me just say that the experience was similar, if not better to crime shows - albeit with a more human touch. Daynes is an intelligent and witty forensic psychologist who has learned, through experience, how to see the human in monsters and the misunderstood. Reading how sh Ooh, I liked this one a lot. I love to read about psychology and I watch a lot of crime shows, so when we chose this for book club, I was very intrigued - how would it be to read these stories when I'm used to watching them? Let me just say that the experience was similar, if not better to crime shows - albeit with a more human touch. Daynes is an intelligent and witty forensic psychologist who has learned, through experience, how to see the human in monsters and the misunderstood. Reading how she thinks about and communicates with her clients is insightful to say the least. I believe that others can benefit from reading her communication styles. The stories she described were stand-out in a variety of ways; from sad, to nauseating, to shocking, to heart wrenching. And these aren't even all the stories she has heard and the people she has met; it must be so intense. Besides the forensic psychologist factor, the book also gave some interesting insights in single, professional women. I personally liked that she gave her career switches a spot in her book - even later in life, when people are more wary of job switches - she chose something that fit better in her wishes in life. Admirable to say the least.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Pieter

    For 99 euro cents this is my best buy so far. The Dark Side of Mind, written by a bright (side of) mind. I wasn't so sure about it beforehand, but what a compelling and interesting read. A writer with humor and self-reflection. I easily felt connected to this woman and her book. Despite moments of horror and utter sadness, my curiosity in how the mind works made it an easy read. I got so many new insights as a natural human observer myself. If it was 99 euro, i would have bought it. I adore Kerr For 99 euro cents this is my best buy so far. The Dark Side of Mind, written by a bright (side of) mind. I wasn't so sure about it beforehand, but what a compelling and interesting read. A writer with humor and self-reflection. I easily felt connected to this woman and her book. Despite moments of horror and utter sadness, my curiosity in how the mind works made it an easy read. I got so many new insights as a natural human observer myself. If it was 99 euro, i would have bought it. I adore Kerry Daynes.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Fauaad

    Not the kitty :(

  9. 5 out of 5

    Lucii Dixon

    This book is absolutely incredible; professional, personal, clinical in places, informative and has some humour too keep the 'light' in the words to go with the sad parts. The information, statistics wise, that this author has included is inciteful and definitely hair-raising to say the least. If you are going into Psychology or Forensic Psychology, you HAVE to read this book! I will be buying a physical copy to highlight patches for my own degree. Kerry Daynes is definitely a professional but sh This book is absolutely incredible; professional, personal, clinical in places, informative and has some humour too keep the 'light' in the words to go with the sad parts. The information, statistics wise, that this author has included is inciteful and definitely hair-raising to say the least. If you are going into Psychology or Forensic Psychology, you HAVE to read this book! I will be buying a physical copy to highlight patches for my own degree. Kerry Daynes is definitely a professional but she shows herself to also be completely human, and I found it fascinating following her journey into her career, where she went and how she landed to where she is now. She is a highly admiral woman. I have the same views, desperate to rehabilitate and help those who need it, whether they be prisoners or victims of childhood trauma (though my passion is prisons). This lady deserves praise for everything she has done and everything she is doing now within charities, helping those who need it the most. It is fantastic knowing that there is at at least one person out there that IS helping, who is willing to help and who sees beyond the problem and instead looks at ways in which to do good by her clients. Fantastic books, definitely highly recommended for anyone who is interested in this subject or who are going into this profession. Fabulous work!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Alessandra

    As an avid watcher of true crime documentaries, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Daynes has met an array of patients throughout the spectrum of perpetrators and victims and she tells each story so well. I especially enjoyed her making it clear that the way people involved in crimes are often mislabeled as having brought it upon themselves, while disregarding the environmental factors that impacted them.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    It’s not often I can call a non-fiction book unputdownable, but I loved this so much it was really hard not to race through it in one sitting late into the night. Instead I rationed myself so that I could eke out the pleasure more. I’d normally only do this with a great fiction novel I was enjoying. Kerry Daynes has approached her subject with exactly the right tone. The book is full of fascinating anecdotes from her career in forensic psychology, all of which reflect different aspects of the hu It’s not often I can call a non-fiction book unputdownable, but I loved this so much it was really hard not to race through it in one sitting late into the night. Instead I rationed myself so that I could eke out the pleasure more. I’d normally only do this with a great fiction novel I was enjoying. Kerry Daynes has approached her subject with exactly the right tone. The book is full of fascinating anecdotes from her career in forensic psychology, all of which reflect different aspects of the human psyche and her work in the criminal justice system. There’s a liberal sprinkling of background statistics and both procedural and legal information, all of which add weight and interest. The story of her career is intermingled with struggles in her personal life where she has herself come face to face with the darker side of the human mind, plus her efforts to come to terms with the thoughts and behaviour of the clients she is exposed to and the inadequacies of the UK prison and medical system to properly deal with those clients. Throughout, her warm Northern wit, intelligence, professionalism and care is evident. A fabulous read. I thoroughly recommend it to anyone who is at all interested by the workings of our human mind.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Samantha

    Absolutely fascinating. I was truly hooked throughout. Especially learning about Mark Bridger. To make a forensic psychologist feel physically disgusted and repulsed is some "achievement" but wow he is right up there with most notorious criminals. Really sick in the head absolutely beyond repair of any sort. Then there are people like travis. Travis just broke my flipping heart in pieces. That's where the justice system proper sucks. Absolutely fascinating. I was truly hooked throughout. Especially learning about Mark Bridger. To make a forensic psychologist feel physically disgusted and repulsed is some "achievement" but wow he is right up there with most notorious criminals. Really sick in the head absolutely beyond repair of any sort. Then there are people like travis. Travis just broke my flipping heart in pieces. That's where the justice system proper sucks.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Henry C

    I thought the book was very interesting. It combines Daynes' personal story with that of her selected stories. It's interesting to see that (for some of the cases) there are distinct parallels between the patients and us. It begs the question- how thin is the line between sane and insane, or "us and them". Good read and very entertaining. I thought the book was very interesting. It combines Daynes' personal story with that of her selected stories. It's interesting to see that (for some of the cases) there are distinct parallels between the patients and us. It begs the question- how thin is the line between sane and insane, or "us and them". Good read and very entertaining.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Louise Mullins

    An excellent memoir. Despite being qualified myself I still learned a few things. Highly recommended!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Lel Budge

    This is both absolutely fascinating and totally terrifying in the same measure. Not only because of the terrible crimes that have been committed but also the way people are treated by the prison system too. Kerry Daynes gives an honest account of her career as a forensic psychologist, her experiences with some of the most dangerous people, regrettably some of those worked for the prison service. There are some individual case studies, some general observations and background information on what it This is both absolutely fascinating and totally terrifying in the same measure. Not only because of the terrible crimes that have been committed but also the way people are treated by the prison system too. Kerry Daynes gives an honest account of her career as a forensic psychologist, her experiences with some of the most dangerous people, regrettably some of those worked for the prison service. There are some individual case studies, some general observations and background information on what it is to be a forensic psychologist. She also tells of her personal life, a relationship with a controlling partner, a harrowing experience of being stalked and the day to day misogyny she had to deal with, all the while being professional and showing real empathy for her clients. An incredible insight into the world of incarceration and mental health. Thank you to Anne Cater and Random Things Tours for the opportunity to participate in this blog tour, for the promotional materials and a free copy of the book. This is my honest, unbiased review.

  16. 4 out of 5

    E.J.

    Peeking behind the curtain on anyone else's life and career is always fascinating and this memoir provides a rare glimpse into the extraordinary world of forensic psychology. It's gripping and informative but ultimately a sad indictment of society. Some of the stories are desperately moving. The Pollyanna in me kept wishing for happier outcomes but this is non-fiction and well ... c'est la vie. Be prepared. All that said, whenever I read a book I search for the one thing that changes my perspect Peeking behind the curtain on anyone else's life and career is always fascinating and this memoir provides a rare glimpse into the extraordinary world of forensic psychology. It's gripping and informative but ultimately a sad indictment of society. Some of the stories are desperately moving. The Pollyanna in me kept wishing for happier outcomes but this is non-fiction and well ... c'est la vie. Be prepared. All that said, whenever I read a book I search for the one thing that changes my perspective and hats off to The Dark Side of the Mind for doing this. There's an especially brilliant anecdote. In a world where we see the criminals as sub-human or somehow evil or psychopathic or undeserving of our understanding, Daynes relates the tale of a client (let's say, criminal) who witnessed a pair of angry psychologists getting into a physical fight. The client 'thought about this regularly and it led him to the conclusion that "psychologists are human too".' It's all about perspective.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Nicole

    This was a really interesting and insightful memoir into what it's like being a forensic psychologist. I study forensic psychology, but I didn't really know what a forensic psychologist actually does. I learnt so much from this book. This book is full of really interesting often upsetting stories. I didn't really know the role of a forensic psychologist, but this book highlighted that the role is much more broad and diverse than I previously thought. I really liked the writing style. It was real This was a really interesting and insightful memoir into what it's like being a forensic psychologist. I study forensic psychology, but I didn't really know what a forensic psychologist actually does. I learnt so much from this book. This book is full of really interesting often upsetting stories. I didn't really know the role of a forensic psychologist, but this book highlighted that the role is much more broad and diverse than I previously thought. I really liked the writing style. It was really easy to read but factual and informative too. I also really liked how she not only focused on her professional experiences but also personal experiences. It made the book more 'human' and I definitely felt more connected to her. Overall, if you are interested in true crime or forensic psychology I really recommend this memoir. It was highly insightful and interesting TW: graphic real life descriptions of stalking, abuse, rape, murder, self harm, suicide and mental illness

  18. 4 out of 5

    Dr. Phoenix

    The title does have a few interesting pieces of information. But beyond these limited positive points... Arrogant, smarmy, downright annoying. Kerry Daynes fancies herself the world's most insightful psychologist. Her tale of personal existential pathos is laced with strong currents of androgynist rhetoric. She sends barbs at any male figure, particularly any with prestige and power. Thus, President Trump, Former Prime Minister John Majors, a former Home Secretary are among her targets of snide di The title does have a few interesting pieces of information. But beyond these limited positive points... Arrogant, smarmy, downright annoying. Kerry Daynes fancies herself the world's most insightful psychologist. Her tale of personal existential pathos is laced with strong currents of androgynist rhetoric. She sends barbs at any male figure, particularly any with prestige and power. Thus, President Trump, Former Prime Minister John Majors, a former Home Secretary are among her targets of snide disdain. Others who get splashed with her vitriol include anyone to do with the criminal justice system who happens to be of the male gender, former colleagues, and anyone male or female who do not follow her left-wing social justice warrior views. She outwardly condemns those who attempt to keep patients from eating crips for breakfast... to hell with the rules. rules who need them? She weeps and moans for those who have broken all possible social taboos. She is arrogant enough to believe she has the ultimate solution to solve all the woes of society if only everyone would heed her plaintive appeals. Daynes makes statements that are so subjective and preposterously over the top, it becomes frightening that she actually lectures university students..P. 113: "In short the UK's mental health services are riddled with racial discrimination." Such a statement projects an image of mental health facilities being run by a local chapter of the Ku Klux klan. Another on p. 241 she takes great delight in underscoring the pain of elderly males "I have always enjoyed the irony of this particular name [old maid's insanity], given what we know about how men tend to struggle more with bachelorhood in old age-- dying younger and developing more degenerative diseases such as dementia." It is no wonder that the author has surrounded herself with furry friends as a form of compensation for the lack of male company. Being married to such a woman is the stuff of nightmares. On the penultimate page of the title, Daynes unleashes her venom with red-headed fury. She finishes with an SJW flourish couched in an ire-filled left-wing liberal rant of historic proportions. Summary, while the book was well written, and the narrative was good when it was not prosaically flaying men alive. It is unfortunate it is laced with such bitterness, like a fine wine that has gone off. Save your time and money and read something more substantial, unless of course you hate men and then this will be right up your alley.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Astrid

    I really enjoyed this book. It's a memoir from a forensic psychologist and, from what I've read in her book, a wonderful lady. Quite eye-opening, too, and I like that she didn't shy away from her own life experiences - especially her harrowing ordeal with a stalker. Kerry Daynes is a successful forensic psychologist who started out in the early 90's. Some men have treated her quite disgustingly just because she's a woman, but thankfully she's been able to rise above this to become one of the top I really enjoyed this book. It's a memoir from a forensic psychologist and, from what I've read in her book, a wonderful lady. Quite eye-opening, too, and I like that she didn't shy away from her own life experiences - especially her harrowing ordeal with a stalker. Kerry Daynes is a successful forensic psychologist who started out in the early 90's. Some men have treated her quite disgustingly just because she's a woman, but thankfully she's been able to rise above this to become one of the top in her field. She literally did start at the bottom and work her way up to where she is now (and I hope she feels an amazing sense of accomplishment because of this). This book documents several case stories of people and situations she's dealt with. I like her compassion. I also like that she's not ashamed to admit that she doesn't view the world through rose-tinted glasses. There's some quite shocking things that happened to her in this book that made me gasp, some people would have thrown the towel in at any one of the things Kerry has dealt with, but she persevered. I'm also saddened that the industry still isn't treating those with mental health difficulties with the compassion and understanding they deserve (not Kerry, people she has worked with). We've come a long way in lifting some of the stigma surrounding mental health and those that suffer with difficulties, but we still have a long way to go. Thankfully people like Kerry are there to help. I'd recommend this book to anyone who likes reading biographies, anyone that would like an insight into how a British forensic psychologist works and a little bit of detail on how to get there, and anyone interested in mental health treatment in general. It's a great book.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Dina

    A brilliant inside story about the world of real-life forensic psychology, what it is and what it's not, intertwined with personal experiences of the author and her viewpoint on the issues that the legal system faces up to these days. I loved that Kerry Daynes does not just propose a manifesto but carefully tells the reader what and why is happening the field, how the minds of prisoners and the staff work just alike, and what challenging questions we need to ask to improve the current state of a A brilliant inside story about the world of real-life forensic psychology, what it is and what it's not, intertwined with personal experiences of the author and her viewpoint on the issues that the legal system faces up to these days. I loved that Kerry Daynes does not just propose a manifesto but carefully tells the reader what and why is happening the field, how the minds of prisoners and the staff work just alike, and what challenging questions we need to ask to improve the current state of affairs. I always enjoy such detailed and sincere impressions of the inside world of interesting jobs, and this book was no exception, serving both as an autobiographical diary and a set of professional but beautifully written case histories. Moreover, not even once I'd want to close the book, despite the descriptions of rather dark and almost traumatizing events, as the author made the chapters diverse and thrilling and in many ways educational. The book, with its diaries and clear message to the stakeholders, reminded me of the recently read "This is going to hurt" by Adam Key and one of my favourites "Bad Science" by Ben Goldacre.

  21. 4 out of 5

    JulesBW

    Although easy to read, this book only briefly touches on cases the writer has dealt with and focuses more on hardships that she has experienced in her personal life, these hardships often read as a beg for sympathy and are often followed by comments and story’s of how great and amazing she knows herself to be.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Thesincouch

    This was exactly what I expected and what I wanted. Dr Daynes know what's she is talking about and knows how to write about it. I didn't lose interest at any point and I was surprised at how compassionate but clear-sighted she was all throughout (I couldn't have been). This was exactly what I expected and what I wanted. Dr Daynes know what's she is talking about and knows how to write about it. I didn't lose interest at any point and I was surprised at how compassionate but clear-sighted she was all throughout (I couldn't have been).

  23. 5 out of 5

    Mónica Espinoza Cangahuala

    Daynes gives an inside look into forensic psychology in the UK. She builds up to the main stance that the current mental health care practice fails both victims and perpetrators. Her arguments build slowly and are introduced in a more or less chronological fashion. She builds her career working with those in the UK prison system. After an existential crisis, she has the epiphany that she can better help victims then she has another epiphany realizing that she can use her expertise and platform t Daynes gives an inside look into forensic psychology in the UK. She builds up to the main stance that the current mental health care practice fails both victims and perpetrators. Her arguments build slowly and are introduced in a more or less chronological fashion. She builds her career working with those in the UK prison system. After an existential crisis, she has the epiphany that she can better help victims then she has another epiphany realizing that she can use her expertise and platform to help reform the current mental health system in the UK. I like True crime so had high expectations for this book. The True Crime watcher in me was disappointed there was no in-depth analysis of each individual case. It might have made for a longer read than this but more satisfactory for me. I did enjoy having a look into what it was like for a woman to make a career as a psychologist working in prisons and thus often in a male-dominated environment. I liked the writing and appreciated the dark humor sprinkled around. You can clearly follow along the path of a young bright-eyed psychologist trying to 'change the world' and immersing herself in a world so vastly different from her own uneventful upbringing. Uneventful upbringings are a blessing as most of the cases reviewed proof. I was please by the references and statistics presented and she tries to be impartial as much as possible. However, the benefit of the doubt is not extended to the media. She sprinkles some off-hand remarks about how the media only cares about making money. She doesn't provide the same rigor in that regard as she does with the failing prison system that seems to be bordering human rights abuses, which she 'excuses' with understaffing and budget cuts. It seems particularly odd as she is a 'TV and media expert' too. Overall, it was a thrilling and informative read. If you like a different perspective on true crime than those of lawyers or detectives then this would be a nice book to get a hold of.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Kahn

    One lunchtime, for want of anything better to do to be honest, I ambled into Waterstones looking for something. Not going to buy anything of course. No idea what I was looking for either. just something. Had to be non-fiction, though, obviously, because of The List. I had recently got hold of a new fiction book, so non-fiction was needed for balance, state-of-mind, world peace... No actual plan to purchase anything, you understand. Just looking. First section to hove into view? True crime. As good a One lunchtime, for want of anything better to do to be honest, I ambled into Waterstones looking for something. Not going to buy anything of course. No idea what I was looking for either. just something. Had to be non-fiction, though, obviously, because of The List. I had recently got hold of a new fiction book, so non-fiction was needed for balance, state-of-mind, world peace... No actual plan to purchase anything, you understand. Just looking. First section to hove into view? True crime. As good a place as any to start. And the spine that leapt out? The Dark Side Of The Mind. The Pink Floyd link almost certainly played a part. Let's give this a bash, eh? First thing, open at P30 and start reading. An old test I learnt from my mum. If you can dive into a book much pages in and it grabs you, it bodes well for the rest of the tale. Three paragraphs later, I flipped back to the start. Just out of curiosity, you understand. As I neared the end of the prologue, I caved to the inevitable, bought the book and headed back to the office. Dark Side was bumped to near the top of The List. Some books are worth not waiting for. Still, it was a long few weeks. Once the day arrived, once it was time to return to Kerry Dayes' world, I was genuinely excited. And once I started, I didn't want the book to end. With a deft touch and understated sense of humour (not to mention timely music references), Daynes takes us through her career as a forensic psychologist and beyond - her time working in prisons, her stints as an expert witness, the creepy stalker guy, the dogs. Through it all, through all the human detritus she has had to sift through, her love for her calling and her positivity shines through making a dry subject warm and engaging. This is not a subject I would normally seek out, but Daynes not only makes it both fascinating and rivetting, she makes me want to read more.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Eva vs The World 🌎

    3 stars. I listened to this book via Audible and I think one of the main reasons for my 3 star rating is the narrator. Her voice was really flat and offered close to no emotion, which made it a little less enjoyable. The story touches upon Daynes' experience as a forensic psychologist in the UK. Tales of her encounters with prisoners ate interwoven with her own experiences of a woman in a male-dominated profession and industry. At times it was sickening listening to how she was treated by male col 3 stars. I listened to this book via Audible and I think one of the main reasons for my 3 star rating is the narrator. Her voice was really flat and offered close to no emotion, which made it a little less enjoyable. The story touches upon Daynes' experience as a forensic psychologist in the UK. Tales of her encounters with prisoners ate interwoven with her own experiences of a woman in a male-dominated profession and industry. At times it was sickening listening to how she was treated by male colleagues and clients, which gave me a lot to think of how far we still have to come to normalise women working in male-dominated professions. There have been stories of her clients and some of them were disgusting enough to make me want to vomit - no book has ever managed to make me feel this way before. This could be another reason for my lower rating. Overall, I didn't hate it, but I didn't fully enjoy this, either. I think if I had picked up the physical copy I'd enjoy it a lot more.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Feed The Crime

    This is an extremely honest and pretty shocking account of her role as a Forensic Psychologist. There are incidencess of the terrible sexism she faced during her time working in HMP Wakefield in the 90’s such as the disgusting reaction to her requesting a rape alarm (which resulted in her leaving without one). I really appreciated her sharing parts of her own story as they affected her outlook both personally and professionally. At the end of the book Kerry says that ‘our criminal justice system This is an extremely honest and pretty shocking account of her role as a Forensic Psychologist. There are incidencess of the terrible sexism she faced during her time working in HMP Wakefield in the 90’s such as the disgusting reaction to her requesting a rape alarm (which resulted in her leaving without one). I really appreciated her sharing parts of her own story as they affected her outlook both personally and professionally. At the end of the book Kerry says that ‘our criminal justice system is not fit for purpose’ and I completely agree with this, it’s actually the reason I decided against pursing a career within the criminal justice system. “If you are considered bad, all your behaviour is construed as bad.” Read my full review here: https://feedthecrime.wordpress.com/20...

  27. 4 out of 5

    Dani Scott

    This book is a bit grim so I would be wary if you don't like reading about murders, of both adults and children as well as victims of rape and sexual abuse. There is also other things such as physical and emotional abuse. So I wouldn't pick this book up if you are sensitive to any of these things. I had to put it down a few times and take a 'breather' as some of the content made me so upset. However, I really enjoyed this book and I found it as easy to read as a fiction book. It was really inter This book is a bit grim so I would be wary if you don't like reading about murders, of both adults and children as well as victims of rape and sexual abuse. There is also other things such as physical and emotional abuse. So I wouldn't pick this book up if you are sensitive to any of these things. I had to put it down a few times and take a 'breather' as some of the content made me so upset. However, I really enjoyed this book and I found it as easy to read as a fiction book. It was really interesting to see all the different patients that Kerry Daynes got as a forensic Psychologist. There is also many roles that a forensic psychologist plays and I enjoyed learning about some of them - I would love to read another book by her as I feel that these are so many other stories that she has :)

  28. 5 out of 5

    Fern

    Interesting and educational 🤓 The Dark Side Of The Mind - Kerry Daynes ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ My true forensic nerd side was completely captured by this book. It’s very well written and a fascinating look into the world of a forensic psychologist. The mix of cases were all completely different varying from the heart wrenching to the outright horrifying and I loved that Daynes related each one to what she had learnt about the world as a whole or her own outlook on life. This book gives us a real insight into the Interesting and educational 🤓 The Dark Side Of The Mind - Kerry Daynes ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ My true forensic nerd side was completely captured by this book. It’s very well written and a fascinating look into the world of a forensic psychologist. The mix of cases were all completely different varying from the heart wrenching to the outright horrifying and I loved that Daynes related each one to what she had learnt about the world as a whole or her own outlook on life. This book gives us a real insight into the human mind in some of its darkest moments, I’ve always been fascinated by how the mind works and this book was exactly what I’d been craving. I don’t read a lot of non fiction but this is one I will definitely recommend. Especially to anyone who is a huge true crime fan like me 😊.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Phoebe Starbuck

    A very good selection of people to write about! If you’re interested in psychology this book is a definite must read. Kerry writes about mental health and the individuals in the book with a lot of respect. The reader can enjoy reading about the interesting lives these individuals have led. The book includes personal elements which allowed myself to understand the author more and relate to her. Overall a very good book! With the right ratio of humour and sadness.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Will

    Thoroughly enjoyed this book. Fascinating from the get-go with great retelling of experiences which provide eye opening insight into the world of forensic psychology, the criminal justice system, the worlds of offenders and victims and how mental health plays a significant role in almost all areas. Well written and a nice blend of informative and humour. Would recommend this book to everyone, especially if you're keen to see the world of psychology in a more applied setting. Thoroughly enjoyed this book. Fascinating from the get-go with great retelling of experiences which provide eye opening insight into the world of forensic psychology, the criminal justice system, the worlds of offenders and victims and how mental health plays a significant role in almost all areas. Well written and a nice blend of informative and humour. Would recommend this book to everyone, especially if you're keen to see the world of psychology in a more applied setting.

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