Dancing In The Dark by Bob Strauss

December 10, 2018

By Lucy Harris


I got a hold of this book because I was aspiring for a light and easy read that I could flick through in one sitting. What can I say? Sometimes you just need to read a book cover to cover every once in a while. Honestly, I wasn't expecting anything too rational, just some good, clean old-fashioned fun. But I got way more than what I was hoping for. Instead, I had one of the best reads I had this year.

Dancing in the Dark, is a novel that follows three wounded individuals—a psychotherapist and two of his patients—as they grapple to get the better of grief and loss, and eventually accept life and love again. As Dr. Salinger witnesses his two patient’s contradicting outlooks on their relationship, he starts to be conscious of the void in his own love life. So, as he contemplates on his non-existent love life, he helps his patients make sense of their own. He counsels both Jennifer Slater and Jacques Giraud, who met and fell in love but prevailed to be totally oblivious that they share the same therapist. When they discovered that they’ve both been seeing the same therapist—and that he didn’t bother to disclose this fact—the book takes a sharp turn.

With keen dialogues and hysterical dating and sex scenes, Strauss expresses the world of Jennifer and Jacques as one of unpredictability, enjoyment and fun. I think this book did really well. It presented a captivating story line that kept you reading. Once I started, I simply had to see what would happen next. That is the sign of a good book. The story line itself was really interesting. Overall, I loved the basic bones of this book -- the story line, setting, and some of the main characters. This book was delightful and it was such a fun to read. 

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