Title: The Therapist
Author: B.A. Paris
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Publication Date: July 13, 2021
Page Count: 304
My rating: 4 stars
About the book:
The multimillion-copy New York Times bestselling author B.A. Paris returns to her heartland of gripping psychological suspense in The Therapist—a powerful tale of a house that holds a shocking secret.
When Alice and Leo move into a newly renovated house in The Circle, a gated community of exclusive houses, it is everything they’ve dreamed of. But appearances can be deceptive…
As Alice is getting to know her neighbours, she discovers a devastating secret about her new home, and begins to feel a strong connection with Nina, the therapist who lived there before.
Alice becomes obsessed with trying to piece together what happened two years before. But no one wants to talk about it. Her neighbors are keeping secrets and things are not as perfect as they seem…
For me B.A. Paris has become one of those authors that if I see a new book I don’t bother with the description and just grab it as fast as I can. The Therapist is her latest psychological thriller and boy was I excited to sit down and dive into this one after loving several of her previous novels.
Alice and Leo had been dating for a while when Leo suggested that the two move to a home in London. Alice is not too keen on living in the city but Leo has found a property in a small gated community so that she would feel safe. The home seems too good to be true especially since Alice will not have to sell her cottage she loves.
After the move however Alice is feeling a bit cut off in her new home and wanting to begin to make friends with her new neighbors in the surrounding homes in the community known as The Circle. Throwing a party she invites the neighbors who all seem to have a brilliant time and Alice considers it all a success, that is until she finds that she had a gate crasher at her party.
Now while I did not find The Therapist to be one of B.A. Paris’s strongest novels I still enjoyed this one quite a bit. The setting of this circle of houses locked away from the rest of the world made for quite a suspenseful place. The characters were of course all on the unreliable side to give the reader plenty of suspects to follow. I did find myself suspecting the right culprit early on however the end was still full of twists to keep the pages turning.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
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