2020 · Blog Tour · Book review

Review: The Dark Side of the Mind by Kerry Daynes @KerryDaynes @AnneCater #RandomThingsTours

Today I have the pleasure of sharing my review for The Dark Side of the Mind by Kerry Daynes as part of the blog tour. Many thanks to Anne of Random Things Tours for the invite and to the publishers for the copy of the book.

About the book


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.

The Dark Side of the Mind is available to pre-order now and available to purchase 20/02/2020 – Amazon

My thoughts

When I first read the description for this book I was totally intrigued. I have absolutely no experience and only a basic understanding of what being a Forensic Psychologist entails so I couldn’t wait to get reading.

I have to say that this book isn’t quite what I was expecting, I thought the author would take more of a blunt approach to the subject but no, we get a very honest telling of what is involved and it’s shocking, sad, scary and quite an eye opener at times.

From her first work placement in a men’s prison and right throughout her career, Kerry Daynes has encountered many different people and I just found it so fascinating, some are really sick and make you’re skin crawl but i found I just couldn’t put this book down.

I enjoyed the honesty in this book and how her career and personal life intermingled and how frustrating and inadequate the prison and medical system can be when dealing with her clients.

Perfectly written The Dark Side of the Mind is an unputdownable read, it’s harrowing at times but the authors humour and compassion really shine through. Even if you don’t have an interest in Forensic Phycology this book will have you totally gripped from beginning to end. I can imagine that Kerry Daynes has many more stories to tell and I’d definitely be first in line to read more.

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About the author


Kerry Daynes is a Consultant and Forensic Psychologist, speaker and media commentator. For over twenty years her average week has involved working with everything from stressed-out parents to serial killers and she is a sought-after court-appointed expert witness. Kerry regularly appears on international television networks and in the media; she was ‘The Profiler’ over three series of Discovery’s top-rated ‘Faking It’ documentaries. Kerry is Patron of the National Centre for Domestic Violence and Talking2Minds. She is an advocate for better conversations about mental distress and alternatives to the culture of psychological ‘disorder’. Kerry lives in Cheshire with two huge dogs and yes, she is a proud natural ginger.
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