Allison DuBois, the inspiration of NBC’s hit television drama Medium, details her experiences as a psychic medium in her autobiography Don’t Kiss Them Good-Bye. With a talent for profiling, DuBois uses her gifts to tap into the criminal mind, assessing both motive and method. She can also identify the locations of crimes and missing bodies. Struggling to live a “normal” life as a wife and mother, she also communicates with the dead, relaying vital information to individuals that result in some measure of comfort and closure.
Allison was 6 years old when she first discovered her abilities, though she chose to downplay her talents for many years. While in her senior year in college, she interned at the DA’s office. It was then that she realized she could use her gift in an almost miraculous way: as she handled evidence from homicide investigations, she began to see the crimes as they had occurred. She then decided to use her abilities to help solve crimes and ease the pain of people who have lost loved ones.
Writing in a conversational style, DuBois shares stories of her encounters with those who’ve passed on, as well as personal experiences with friends and loved ones in need of closure. She also chronicles the difficulties of mediumship, and offers helpful advice to youngsters—“kindergarten mediums” — who have “the gift”. Also a research medium, she helps scientists better understand mediums and psychic phenomena.
Avid fans of the TV show Medium will love getting a glimpse into the personality and experiences of Allison DuBois. Even Joe—Allison’s aerospace engineer husband—has a guest appearance in his chapter “Loving a Medium”. Those seeking comfort that there is life beyond life will find a measure of comfort in Allison’s approach and her stories.
Don’t Kiss Them Good-Bye is a very easy read, but there are glaring grammatical and typological mistakes throughout the book. How this manuscript got passed the Editors at Fireside Books is beyond me. It happened so often it was distracting! Also, Allison’s style is a bit rambling—and it’s sometimes difficult to follow the characters in her stories—and what is happening to whom.
I really enjoy the show Medium, but I felt that I gleaned more information about Allison and her experiences from the show than I did from her book.
If you’re looking for in-depth information on mediumship, this isn’t the book for you. This book is “psychic lite”, and those familiar with New Age and metaphysical books would be greatly disappointed in my opinion. But for those people new to the concept of connecting with the Other Side—as well as fans of the TV show Medium—Don’t Kiss Them Good-Bye will be sure to delight and inspire.