Updated: Jul 1
By B. A. Paris
A Thought-Provoking and Tension-Filled Drama
When Alice and Leo decide to move in together, Leo buys a house in a small high-end gated community known as The Circle. There are only twelve houses in this exclusive neighborhood. Just as Alice is getting to know her new neighbors, she learns some devastating news about their newly remodeled home; a murder/suicide had occurred there. The neighbors thought Oliver and Nina, who was a therapist had a happy marriage. Everyone was shocked when they heard Oliver had killed Nina and then himself.
Alice is angry that Leo did not tell her about the murder when he brought the house. She becomes obsessed with learning more about Nina and her murder. Alice’s sister who died in a tragic car accident, was also named Nina. Knowing that the murder victim's name was the same as her sister impacts Alice’s state of mind.
THE THERAPIST is an intriguing story with an irresistible premise. What would you do if you belatedly discovered someone had been murdered in your new home. As the story unfolds, Alice becomes more and more obsessed with the previous owner, and the neighbors do not want to talk about it.
My reading preference is on books with strong and smart female characters. Too often, in the media and literature, women are portrayed as weak, ditzy, and foolish. While I realize that not every novel can have an intelligent and courageous female character, I was somewhat disappointed in Alice’s character. While she drives the narrative, she seems to do so in an overly emotional reactive manner. She rushes to judgement and frustratingly suspects everyone in The Circle of something.
While I didn't love Nina’s character, I thoroughly enjoyed the thought-provoking story. Author B. A. Paris’s writing is suspenseful and will keep you guessing all night long. THE THERAPIST is one of those books that will have your head spinning. It’s a quick and immersive read.
Paris’s previous novels include Behind Closed Doors (2016), The Breakdown (2017), Bring Me Back (2018), The Dilemma (2020). I listened to the audiobook narrated by Olivia Dowd and Thomas Judd, whose performance was admirable.
Thanks to Netgalley for an advance reading copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Publisher Macmillan Audio
Published Jul 13, 2021
Narrated Olivia Dowd and Thomas Judd