In Session by M.J. Rose is a short book that contains three short stories. This is a unique book because Ms. Rose uses three fictional characters of other authors who visit her creation – a sex therapist already known from the “Butterfield Institute” series.
“Extenuating Circumstances” features Steve Berry’s Cotton Malone. A woman who wants help for her lover prompts the sex therapist, Dr. Snow, to go overseas in order to meet with the man.
“Decisions, Decisions” features Barry Eisler’s John Rain. In this story Dr. Snow steps out of her comfort zone into a world of gray, where the lines between good and evil are intertwined.
“Knowing You’re Alive” features Lee Child’s Jack Reacher. Dr. Snow finds an unexpected savior but doesn’t miss the opportunity for some one-on-one therapy.
This makes for a likeable and interesting book. It flatly falls under the category of “fan fiction,” but it is written by an established and successful author.
The common denominator between all stories is Ms. Rose’s creation of sex-therapist Dr. Morgan Snow.
When I read the synopsis for the book, the first thing that came into my mind was how will Ms. Rose come up with reasons to put Reacher, the drifter, Malone, the covert agent (or former) and Rain, an assassin, on a sex therapist’s couch? After all, many men much less formidable than those three would never agree to such a session.
Ms. Rose actually managed to do this. She used various creative techniques and delving into the characters’ psyche and giving them a new dimension.
It makes for a short, quick read and it is well worth the time, especially if you are a fan of one or more of the characters.
If you decided to get the audio version it is narrated by Phil Gigante and Natalie Ross. This version also features Dick Hill, Scott Brick and Barry Eisler reprising their roles of Reacher, Malone and Rain.
Proceeds from the audiobook and some from the e-book are going to David Baldacci’s Wish You Well Foundation, which supports family literacy.