Thanks to NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for providing an eARC in exchange for an honest review.
Release Date: July 13th, 2021
Synopsis: 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…
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. (Goodreads)
I have to be honest and admit The Therapist isn’t one of my favorites by Paris, mainly due to the main character’s propensity for making bad decisions, but it dragged me in almost immediately and I couldn’t pull myself away.
Alice is the type of protagonist that drives me a little crazy. She’s very likable on one hand, but on the other she’s not quite believable. I won’t divulge any spoilers, but some of her choices make no rational sense whatsoever. A few are even downright contradictory which really had me scratching my head. The other characters with all their secrets, I actually found far more interesting, especially Leo, whose motives kept me guessing through most of the book. The mystery of who killed Nina and why, kept me turning the pages, and the final reveal completely caught me by surprise.
Although my feelings regarding the main character remained torn throughout the story The Therapist turned out to be an entertaining domestic thriller. It’s a very quick read, and is perfect for the beach or on vacation. I believe fans of B.A. Paris will be pleased by her latest offering, and if you haven’t read anything by her but enjoy a fast-paced twisty mystery, I recommend you give this a try.