Susan Forward As Bestselling Author:


In 1978, Susan published her first book, Betrayal of Innocence. This ground-breaking work established her as one of the nation’s preeminent experts in the field of child abuse. As a result of this expertise, Susan has qualified as an expert witness in numerous criminal and civil trials across the country. She also formed the first private sexual abuse treatment center in Los Angeles.

Given the impact of her first book, Susan realized how much she could affect people’s lives through her writing. However, she could never have anticipated the world-wide impact her second book, Men Who Hate Women and the Women Who Love Them, would have on the lives of countless women and men struggling with dysfunctional relationships. The book became a publishing phenomenon, reigning at the top of nearly every major best seller list for more than 44 weeks and was the subject of a 2 hour NBC Television special. Susan’s next book, Toxic Parents, returned her to number on the New York Times Best Seller List. She has since published Obsessive Love, Money Demons, Emotional Blackmail, When Your Lover is a Liar and Toxic In-Laws.

Mothers Who Can’t Love: A Healing Guide for Daughters

Bestselling Author Susan Forwards Newest Book On Sale 10/1/13!



“In this powerful guide, Forward offers a lifeline for those who have suffered through a dysfunctional relationship with a parent… While this title is labeled as a guide for women whose mothers are unable to love, its sound advice is applicable to persons of any gender… this book should be considered required reading for anyone who had an abusive childhood.” —Publishers Weekly


“A riveting, compassionate guide to helping women transcend the wounds inflicted by their rejecting or abusive mothers.”  —Janis Abrahms Spring, Ph.D., author of
How Can I Forgive You? The Courage to Forgive, The Freedom Not To

Mothers Who Can't Love: A Healing Guide for Daugters

Men Who Hate Women and the Women Who Love Them

#1 New York Times Best Seller! • A publishing phenomenon!
Spent over 44 weeks at or near the top of every major best seller list!



Men Who Hate Women and the Women Who Love Them


“A must read for any woman who has ever been in a destructive relationship.”  —Sonya Friedman, Ph.D., author of Smart Cookies Don’t Crumble


“Very important and much needed… this how-to book could be a life saver.” —Abigail Van Buren “Dear Abbey”


“I can hardly wait to recommend this book to my patients.” —Howard Halpern, Ph.D., author of How to Break Your Addiction to a Person

Toxic Parents

#1 New York Times Bestseller!


“… a penetrating model of how to heal the frozen grief of our dysfunctional past… please read this book!” —John Bradshaw, author of Homecoming


“A dynamic, powerful, hard-hitting book, it offers tremendous hope, as well as understanding.” —Abigail Van Buren “Dear Abbey”

Toxic Parents
Obsessive Love

Obsessive Love


“Riveting! Once gain, Susan Forward has shone a light on relationships in her uniquely compassionate and dramatic way.” —Barbara DeAngelis, Ph.D., author of Secrets About Men Every Woman Should Know


“Forward dramatically describes the effects and consequences of out-of-control passions. Drawing on her extensive practice, she uses vignettes to illustrate a variety of smothering, volatile relationships.” —Carol R. Glatt, the Library Journal

Money Demons

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“…this book could be the answer many couples living under the stress of financial difficulties are looking for.” —Cate Bick, Review


“Excellent… Gives examples of emotional barricades to being prosperous and offers concrete exercises for working through each of them.” —Sherry Lowry, The Sherry Lowry Group

Money Demons
Emotional Blackmail

Emotional Blackmail


“Breath a sigh of relief! Susan Forward helps you identify and correct an intensely destructive and confusing pattern of relating with those you love. I highly recommend this important book!” —Susan Jeffers, Ph.D., author of Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway


“…presents the anatomy of a relationship damaged by manipulation, and gives readers an arsenal of tools to fight back… provides powerful, practical strategies for blackmail targets…” —HarperCollins, the Publisher

When Your Lover Is a Liar


“…wisdom and compassion shine through in this excellent guide for women about a potentially devastating experience in their lives. Fascinating reading!” —Susan Jeffers, Ph.D., author of Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway


“A powerful book that will go a long way toward helping women regain their balance and self-esteem in the aftermath of betrayal.” —June M. Reinisch, Ph.D., Director Emeritus, The Kinsey Institute and author of The Kinsey Institute New Report on Sex

When Your Lover Is A Liar
Toxic In-Laws

Toxic In-Laws

Loving Strategies for Protecting Your Marriage


“A landmark self-help guide that is both practical and powerful. Real life stories of men and women struggling to free themselves from frustrating, hurtful and destructive relationships with their in-laws.” — The Publisher


“…Even contented couples with decades of experience will learn something from this refreshingly nontoxic dose.” —Barnes & Nobel

Betrayal of Innocence

  Susan Forward’s ground breaking first book!


“A small book on a very important topic… a good first read for someone who has just begun to be willing to explore the impact of sexual molestation on themselves or a loved one.” —Joyce Parker, Ph.D., editor of

“It’s concise, well-written, compassionate, insightful… Even though it’s been in print for over 25 years, it’s up to date and still the best book available.” —Steamboat Bookstore, an Amazon Associate

Betryal of Innocence