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Tall Poppy Review: Psycho Dysfunction in “Little Black Lies”

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A funny thing happened after I read Little Black Lies (Grand Central Publishing).  I met Sandra Block on Twitter soon after reading the book. I remember writing in 140 characters or less: I loved Little Black Lies. You should be a Tall Poppy Writer. I want to be your friend. I’m not sure why I wanted to befriend a woman who can write psychological dysfunction so well, but there are subtle humor and great depth in Sandra Block’s writing. In person, she is one of the funniest, kindest and smartest people I have ever met. Anyway, onto the book. Little Black Lies is the first of the Zoe Goldman trilogy. The book centers on Dr. Zoe Goldman, a psychiatric resident in…

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Tall Poppies Review: A Beloved Character, Zoe Goldman, Returns in Sandra Block’s ‘The Secret Room’

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I’ve been a fan of the Zoe Goldman books since she made her first appearance several years ago in Sandra Block’s debut, Little Black Lies. Smart, tenacious, and more than a bit sarcastic, Zoe casually stepped off the page and became so much more than just a character in a book. I jumped at the chance to read and review The Secret Room, Block’s third in the series, eager to reconnect with Dr. Zoe Goldman and her often dark, always dangerous world of criminal psychology. I wasn’t disappointed! In The Secret Room, Zoe is a new psychiatry fellow at a correctional facility in Buffalo, New York. It just so happens this is the same prison where her deranged, homicidal biological…

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