The Day I Went Missing: A True Story

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It’s happened to all of us at one time: falling victim to someone who says the words we want to hear. It usually ends with a wounded heart or lost love. But in one woman’s case, it took a deadly turn.

Jennifer Miller, an Emmy-nominated TV writer, was a highly functioning member of the Hollywood scene who had everything going for her: great contacts, great work, and the promise of an even greater future. But what Jennifer did not have was a happy life, or even the ability to understand what happy meant. A single woman who did not know what it was like to have a love relationship, she was haunted by a deepening despair. She toyed with therapy, but Jennifer, the daughter of a shrink, was convinced that she was beyond help. Then she met Dr. David Cohen, and discovered something worse than depression.

Believing she had finally found someone to trust completely, Jennifer allowed herself to get sucked into Dr. Cohen’s world. What followed is a chilling tale of fraudulent therapy that is enthralling and horrifying from its skillful beginning to its shocking conclusion.

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About the Author:

Jennifer Miller is a longtime television writer. She was nominated for an Emmy for Roseanne, for which she wrote under her pen name, Jennifer Heath. Miller is also a stand-up comedian, actress, and painter. The Day I Went Missing is her first published work. She lives in Southern California.

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Imagine the sucker punch of discovering that one's trusted therapist is a con artist. This devastating act of betrayal befell Miller, an accomplished television writer (nominated for an Emmy for her work on Roseanne). In this engrossing memoir, she recounts how she was taken in by charismatic, unconventional David Cohen, whom she thought might finally ease the residual feelings of disconnection and depression from her emotionally deprived childhood. Through cunning, escalating requests that Miller pay for therapy up front, as well as a crazy gambling scam after she was well and truly hooked, Cohen shook close to $100,000 out of Miller in little over a year, then faded out of her life, claiming he had cancer. While there are times the reader questions how Miller could have been so duped (at one point Cohen gets her signature, saying it's his hobby to collect them), for the most part she convincingly and dramatically conveys the mental seduction that made such deception possible. Miller also acknowledges thatAcompared to other therapists she has known, including her own aloof psychiatrist father and the ineffectual if not inept psychologists she had before and after CohenAhe may have been her most effective counselor. He also, quite simply, provides her with some great material: fascinating, elaborate lies (claims that he had multiple children, that he was abused by a satanic cult); messianic and stalker-like behavior; and a mysteriousAand perhaps not certainAdeath. Agent, Jennifer Rudolph Walsh, the Writer's Shop. (Feb. ) Forecast: Combining the reflective self-examination of Susanna Kaysen's Girl, Interrupted and Mary Karr's The Liar's Club with the page-turning pace of suspense fiction, this memoir will grab anyone who's ever been on the therapist's couch. (Unsurprisingly, master of horror Wes Craven already has snapped up this story for screen adaptation.)
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