Book Review by Meher Gandhi
Title: The Therapist
Author: B.A. Paris
Genre: Mystery, fiction
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers India
My Rating: 4.5/5 stars
*NOTE: I am extremely grateful to HarperCollins India for sending me this book. However, this does not at all hinder my honest opinions regarding the book. This is a spoiler-free review. All opinions are solely mine.
A chilling psychological thriller that is also a murder mystery and a cozy read, this book reads as a bumpy ride. There were several moments which had me so occupied with the book that my heart skipped a beat or two.
Alice and Leo decide to shift to a house in The Circle in London. This means that they no longer have to wait for the weekends to see each other. They can spend their lives in a peaceful environment and be together for most of the week. Even though Alice is a bit hesitant to leave her house back in Harlestone, she hopes to be comfortable in her new house soon. Anyway, what could go wrong in a gated society with just 12 houses and an entry that is secured only for the residents?
Well, maybe a murder. Nina Maxwell, a therapist, was murdered in The Circle and everyone believes her husband Oliver to be the murderer. Only a murderer would commit suicide out of guilt, isn’t it? Alice, more than Leo, gets involved in this murder and what we read further is a path of events that’s never linear. There are always surprises and shocks that await the reader and only make the book more compelling.
As for the positives, the book is not an extremely complex read. Even with it’s long paragraphs, you could read the book all day long without wanting to put it down. The novel never lets its secret out until the last moment so you could make all the predictions in the world but chances are that you’ll be surprised with how the murder mystery turns out in the end. Finally, since the book is written in first person, you know exactly what Alice is thinking which gets the reader even more involved in deciphering the conversations between Alice and other residents of The Circle.
There is only one typing error that I came across in the book. In the beginning, the book can seem a little slow but once you finish half of the book, things take a crazy flight!
If you’re somebody who wishes to read psychological thrillers, this one’s for you. If murder mysteries and books with plot twists interest you, then you would have a great reading experience with this one.If you’re somebody who wishes to read psychological thrillers, this one’s for you. If murder mysteries and books with plot twists interest you, then you would have a great reading experience with this one.
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