Quiet Room: Joseph Covais
Psychotherapy With Ghosts Series: Book One
In 1970, washed-up psychologist David Weis closes his Manhattan practice and, against the advice of Angela, his urbane fiancée buys an abandoned house on the shore of Lake Champlain. One room is occupied by the ghost of Almira, a lovely, but a troubled young woman who died in 1840. A series of midnight psychotherapy sessions take place in the ‘Quiet Room.” Together, they analyze the cause of Almira’s spiritual entrapment and David confronts his own haunted emotions. A strong bond develops and with it complications for David’s real-life relationship with Angela.
Alternating chapters describe the events which led to Almira’s unsettled afterlife. In 1840, at her family’s isolated estate, young Almira is in a secret love affair with the hired man, Daniel. Her mother’s death and her father's immediate remarriage follow. Though desperately in love, Almira and Daniel are discovered. Unless they can find a way to prevent it, Almira’s father and the realities of 19th century America will keep them apart.
Quiet Room is the first of three in the Psychotherapy With Ghosts series. Book II, Female Academy, continues the story.