Freud’s Revenge can be a light, engaging read. The poor psychiatry and psychology and gross political incorrectness of the novel may grate so badly on some readers that they will simply toss the book aside after a couple of its short, numerous chapters. Most glaring is Adams’ tendency to refer to every person with a psychiatric disorder by that disorder, such as “Psychotics saw demons on the ceiling,” which is on the first page. And it is not the book’s characters who speak like this, but the narrator. Patients with severe mental illness are referred to as the “extreme patients,” and the Seaside Mental Health Clinic (the site of the action) treats few of them. Perhaps this is because it’s a private clinic.