Review: The Therapist by B.A Paris
“Do you know what Henry David Thoreau believed? “Happiness is like a butterfly; the more you chase it, the more it will elude you. But if you turn your attention to other things, it will come and sit softly on your shoulder.”
Title: The Therapist
Author: B.A Paris
Genres: Adult, Thriller, Mystery, Suspense
This book got me out of the biggest book slumps I've had this year. When I tell you that I read ZERO books in June I am not lying or kidding (I wish I was). Th truth is that June was a hard month for me emotionally and my reading mirrored my emotions. Hence, I knew that July had to be better and I decided to pick this thriller up as fantasy and romance stories were not making me happy. I am deeply thankful I did because I devoured it. I started it one day at work and I couldn't stop, I didn't want to stop, and just like that I knew that my slump was over and my reading was back to normal.
The Therapist is an eery novel about a young couple who moves into a new apartment in London, in a closed complex called The Circle. If any of you are fans of horror movies and watched Netflix's 1BR this is the mood and vibe I got from this story: creepy neighbors and cult like behavior. Soon our main character Alice and her boyfriend Leo start feeling out of place in the new home and Leo even wakes up in the middle of the night thinking someone is in the room. As the couple starts to get used to living in the house and starts being friendly to the neighbors, an uninvited guest appears at Alice's house. Later he comes again letting her know he is a PI looking into the murder that happened in her house, a murder she had no idea even existed. She learns that Leo has been hiding things from her and her relationship unravels. She begins helping Thomas, the PI out to try and uncover the real murderer. However, she soon starts to realize that her neighbors all appear to be guilty and the only way of finding out is befriending Thomas and the others to ensure the crime is solved.
All of the characters in this story are a little crazy and I believe this is the main driving force of the plot. Our main characters sister happened to be called Nina as well, and she died in a car accident. Hence, Alice's obsession with finding out who killed the owner of the house who also happened to be called Nina stemmed from her obsession of trying to get redemption for her sister's death. The way she starts unraveling and alienating the people from her life that love her and getting closer and closer to Thomas, whom she did not know, made it all so potent. I really had no clue the story would end the way it did, and it really made sense yet the author wrote so well that you didn't see it coming.
* I received this eArc from Netgalley and St. Martins Press in exchange for an honest review *
--- 3 stars ---