Recommending an underrated Psychological Thriller | The Naturalist by Andrew Mayne
Professor Theo Cray is trained to see patterns where others see chaos. So when mutilated bodies found deep in the Montana woods leave the cops searching blindly for clues, Theo sees something they missed. Something unnatural. Something only he can stop.
As a computational biologist, Theo is more familiar with digital code and microbes than the dark arts of forensic sleuthing. But a field trip to Montana suddenly lands him in the middle of an investigation into the bloody killing of one of his former students. As more details, and bodies, come to light, the local cops determine that the killer is either a grizzly gone rogue…or Theo himself. Racing to stay one step ahead of the police, Theo must use his scientific acumen to uncover the killer. Will he be able to become as cunning as the predator he hunts—before he becomes its prey?
Oh. My. Freaking. God! What. A. Book. It. Was! I am writing this just 2 seconds after I slammed the book shut and I am freaking out about how enthralling and heart racing book it was. You guys, YOU HAVE TO READ THIS DAMN BOOK. This book literally gave me chills and nightmares. Honest.
I have given the book blurb above but to say anything else about the plot of the book would be totally unfair. If you plan to read it (I hope you really do) then I don't wanna spoil it for you all.
What I love about psychological thrillers is that they speak about the depths to which human can go. You'll have all sorts of characters in psychological thriller novels - psychotic and neurotic, both. By far my favourite psychological thriller Gone Girl has a psychotic character and my another favourite The Girl On The Train has a neurotic character. But this book completely blew my mind. I am not exactly comparing the book with Gone Girl and The Girl On The Train but my point is that The Naturalist also delves deeper into biology and psychology and gives intricate explanations about different human behaviours. Not like textbook science though, but through the story itself. So all in all, this book can be read not only as entertainment purposes but also as educative purposes.
This book has everything perfectly. The plot is chilling and you'll find yourself awake at night craving for one more chapter; the protagonist Professor Theo Cray is an unreliable character who shows complexities in his thoughts and behaviour; the narration is super addictive and informative at the same time and the story development posses as a huge challenge for the readers who will find themselves constantly trying to get their heads around what just happened and what might happen. One great thing about good thrillers is that they allow the readers to brainstorm their deductions and this book had my mind going berserk.
Let me mind you that I bought this book online only because it was selling really cheap and you know the prejudice about things that sell cheap are the poor stuffs. I read the blurb only after it reached home and it intrigued me right away. I am so so so glad I discovered and read this book. Guys, if you dig psychological thrillers then go for this book. It won't disappoint you. Also, it is really cheap online.
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