DARK BLOSSOM by Neel Mullick & Giveaway


Have you ever entered into counseling with a therapist? If so, this question is for you: While talking about your marriage, relationship or whatever, have you ever wondered what’s going on in your therapist’s life? Have you ever paused and thought: I wonder if his/her marriage is wonderful, or if they suffer from some problems.

Author Neel Mullick’s novel, DARK BLOSSOM (RUPA) introduces us to therapist, Cynthia and patient, Sam. Sam has tragedy touch his family’s life, and therapist, Cynthia is going through a rough divorce. In this doctor’s office we meet a couple of people dealing with some heavy stuff.

Sam returns home from a business trip a day before his son’s thirteenth birthday and is looking forward to being with his family, when his world is cruelly shattered in one fell swoop. Initially he thinks he can cope with the loss, but finally seeks the help of Cynthia, an experienced therapist, to regain his equipoise. What he does not know is that Cynthia herself is trying to cope with a debilitating divorce and the sinister shadow of her ex-husband over her daughter…

What happens when doctor and patient find themselves in the same sinking boat. Moreover, when they are rowing in opposite directions–one clinging to the past, and the other unable to get rid of it! In the midst of it all is Lily, Cynthia’s daughter, who harbours a secret that has the power to explode the lives around her.

Taut with tension and intensity, Dark Blossom is a short glimpse of what lies under the surface of apparently ‘normal’ people. The cover is noteworthy. The ending may surprise you … our time is up.



With degrees in Software Engineering from Carnegie Mellon, USA, and Business Administration from INSEAD, France, Neel is the Head of Product and Information Security at a Belgian family-office technology company.

He mentors women entrepreneurs through the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women, is involved in raising a generation of digital and socially-aware leaders with the Steering for Greatness Foundation (Nigeria), supports improvement in the quality of life of domestic workers at Emprendedoras del Hogar (Peru), and is helping IIMPACT (India) break the cycle of illiteracy plaguing young girls from socially and economically impoverished communities.

He lives on three continents, spending his time between New York, Brussels, and New Delhi, has survived ten days (and nights!) at an airport, and a free fall five-hundred metres from the sky.
Concerned with the inverse correlation that seems to exist between society’s progress and the empathy with which it interacts with the universe around it, he firmly believes the solution to a rapidly fracturing world lies in peeling enough layers to discover the similarities, rather than judging on mere superficialities.

Thanks to FSB Associates we have one copy to giveaway. Just tell us about any therapy experiences you’ve had. Well announce a winner soon. Good luck.

GIVEAWAY: USA only please.

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40 thoughts on “DARK BLOSSOM by Neel Mullick & Giveaway

  1. This sounds so interesting. I went to therapy during my last year of college. I was dealing with a lot emotionally and then the guy I was seeing almost died during second semester.

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  2. I’ve never gone to therapy, but my aunt has. She had a really hard year with a lot happening to her a couple of years ago, and she still goes to therapy. It seems to really help her.

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  3. I have been to therapy after I suffered PTSD after my car wreck. My therapist was wonderful. She used EMDR therapy to help me with my driving and riding in a car anxiety. She helped me realize that my anxiety was based on my fear of dying in a car wreck. She taught me ways to cope went I started having a panic attack.

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  4. Ugh my husband and I tried marriage counseling and this lady kept talking about how her first marriage didn’t work out but she’s much happier with her second and sometimes that’s just how it goes. Then she would just sit back and let us argue rather than provide guidance to help us resolve our problems and even had the nerve to tell us she didn’t think we were going to make it as a married couple. We finally stopped going

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  5. I have a bachelor’s degree in psychology (I wish I had continued my education!) and have worked in the mental health field. I would probably enjoy this book! I have not personally had therapy, but have considered it.

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  6. i went to therapy for several years after almost dying from a chronic illness. it was nice to have someone i could talk to about ANYTHING & EVERYTHING. no judgement & i was taught some coping skills.

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  7. I’ve never been to a therapist. Years ago my little brother was attacked by two dogs. He went to a therapist a few times, all I remember is she suggested to my parents to get a dog, I should of said the attack involved a lab, a pit bull and a bag of candy. The lab was the agressor, 168 stitches and a pic on front of newspaper over the dog attack. Get a dog! It worked!

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  8. When I was in high school, I thought I wanted to be a psychologist. My parents couldn’t afford to send me to college and I had a brother that would be sent to college. I have a cousin that did pursue this profession and wrote a book. I really want to read this book, but I, personally, have never had to seek out a therapist for myself. My daughter’s husband and two children do go to therapists for anxiety issues.

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  9. The only kind of therapy I have been to is Physical Therapy for my knee. I went
    to PT for 3 months and then did the exercises at home.

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  10. Yes, I have had this experience, I have even had my therapist (not my current therapist) tell me all her marital problems during my session, and I ended up being on the opposite side of the couch so to speak in being the listener and counselor. I soon had to seek a new therapist, and she took leave of absence to deal with family issues. I also had another therapist who was being stalked by one of her patients, so every time any of her other patients came to see her they had to announce who they were , before being able to enter into her LOCKED office. That was SCARY! She soon quit and went into hiding it was that bad! So the short answer is YES! I have definitely wondered and worried about my therapist’s lives!

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  11. I went as a child after I witnessed a crime that left me scared for a few years. As a child it helped me a lot to get over the fear I had.

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  12. Been to therapy uears ago. Had one therapist tell me I shouldn’t have children. That was 25 years ago. My kids are 23 year old twins. I was able to do 2 when she said I couldnt handle children. Smh

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  13. I haven’t had any therapy experiences, and I don’t think I would go to one – I just don’t have a good feeling about it. Nonetheless, “Dark Blossom” sounds intriguing and would like to know what’s happened to the relationship between the therapist and Sam…

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  14. Oops, posted my answer on wrong post…. sooo… Warm Water Therapy Exercise Classes, not the kind you meant, yet good for what ails you…. πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈπŸ€πŸ€žπŸ‘

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  15. I have never been to a therapist, but I got my degree in psychology so that I could be a counselor…and ended up going back for an education degree. I’m a teacher now!


  16. Therapy helped me in the past when I was dealing with being on dialysis. I have sincd had a transplant and no longer need therapy


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