Book review | The Therapist by B A Paris
Author: B A Paris
Genre: Psychological Thriller
No. of pages: 360
Published by: Harpercollins Publishers
Published on: 15th April 2021
My rating: ★★★★☆
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, grisly 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 neighbours are keeping secrets and things are not as perfect as they seem…
Alice and Leo move into a new house inside a secured and gated community called as The Circle. Surely nothing can go wrong. But the very house they have moved into has a secret. A therapist called Nina who used to live before them, was murdered. And as Alice's obsession with Nina and her murder increases, she starts doubting her neighbours and everyone around her, and becomes dangerously involved in something very sinister.
A new house. A couple. Untrustworthy neighbours. A secret. This is a very clichéd psychological thriller plot. But what makes The Therapist special is its ability to draw you in and make you gasp. Every chapter is packed with a revelation, a hint— that takes you closer to the truth. The author lays bare everything in front of you, and now its up to you to join the pieces. The truth is so obvious that it will frustrate you after you realize it yourself. And that's the brilliance of this book.
The Therapist stays true to its name. The story does revolves around a therapist, but it's going to blow your mind once you realise the actual truth behind its name. And what made me happier is that this book does utmost justice to the psychological thriller genre. It actually uses psychotherapy as a massive plot armour.
Now the things that didn't work for me— a huge number of secondary characters/suspects, that took me halfway to get accustomed to. Our main heroine, Alice, is an unreliable character (which I'm okay with) but got on my nerves at times. I don't know if that was intentionally done by the author, but I wanted to roll my eyes at Alice at times.
Nevertheless, I'm going to tell you people to pick this up if you enjoy psychological thrillers. It may not be the best but it's damn intelligent.
The author sure does know how to weave a fast-paced, gripping novel. The simple yet haunting narration from Alice's POV will make you feel like you're inside Alice's head. The writing is exceptionally balanced in respect to being descriptive and narrative. It also evokes just the right amount of emotion to empathise with our main character. Even though the narration mostly comprises of what is going inside Alice's head, it never gets repetitive or boring. The writing does keep you hooked till the last page.
B A Paris is the internationally bestselling author of Behind Closed Doors, The Breakdown, Bring Me Back, and The Dilemma. Having sold over one million copies of her debut in the UK alone, she is a New York Times bestseller as well as a Sunday Times bestseller and a Number One bestseller on Amazon and iBooks. Her books have been translated into forty languages. Having lived in France for many years, she recently moved back to the UK. The Therapist is her fifth novel.
I received a copy of the book in exchange of an honest and unbiased review