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Sunday, August 1, 2021

Review: The Therapist by B.A. Paris

The Therapist
by B.A. Paris

Thanks so much to St. Martin's Press for this gifted book.

Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publish Date: July 13, 2021
304 Pages
Genres: Thriller, Mystery, Suspense

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…

My Review:

What would you do if you found out that that house you just moved into was the sight of a gruesome muder? Could you stay?

My fifth Paris read and this one is just as compulsive and easy to one-sit read because of the short chapters and continuous fishing of the red herrings.  But lemme tell y'all.... Alice is just as annoying as Cass is in The Breakdown!  Girl has GOT to learn to chill and being in her head was like herding cats.  I do like to hate on characters but PHEW with this woman - I couldn't make sense of most of her actions nor her obsession.  But hey, let's just go with it because I love this author AND I kinda really need to know just what exactly is happening in The Circle!

The story itself is ok - new to the neighborhood, there was a murder, need to solve murder but especially because of the name of the victim. O.K.  But it does go off the rails a bit.  And yet, I'm still somewhat invested.  But then it gets really repetitive and I grew annoyed with Alice and her weirdly quasi-formal way of speaking.  And still here I am.  I, along with Alice, am starting to get flustered - WHO IS IT ALREADY? 🤣  

While this isn't my favorite by this author, she is an auto-buy for me and I will continue to read her over and over again.  My favorite is still Behind Closed Doors, which I always highly recommend.  The Therapist may be more for you if you like the lighter side of thrillers with a bit of reality suspension.  Lessons here: don't live in a small gated community or try too damn hard. 😉


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