‘The Therapist’ is the latest book by Sunday times bestselling author B.A. Paris.
When Alice and Leo move into a newly renovated house in The Circle, a gated community of exclusive houses, it is everything theyâ€™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.
B.A. Paris has rapidly become one of my favourite authors after reading her debut novel called â€˜Behind Closed Doorsâ€™/
Itâ€™s now the norm for me to read her books in one sitting and ‘The Therapist’ was no different. Although, I did stupidly start the book before bed one night, intending to read only a chapter or 2 but ended reading 24 instead and unable to put it down the following day!
The story is seen through the narrative of Alice, whoâ€™s just moved into her new house with her boyfriend Leo. After months of only seeing each other at the weekends, they decided to give their relationship a proper go with buying a house together. Having left the comfort of her country cottage, Alice moves into the private, gated community, home to professional couples and families. Itâ€™s at her house warming party that she meets her neighbours and is surprised at their coolness towards her. But Alice is determined to male friends and is horrified to discover that one day, a man turns up telling her that a woman called Nina was brutally murdered in the house.
Alice is distraught that Leo had kept this information from her and so begins the breakdown of their relationship and Aliceâ€™s fascination into Ninaâ€™s death and her own quest into finding out who really killed Nina.
The story is filled with paranoia and suspense as Alice begins to discover flaws in Nina and in her new friends with the secrets that they keep. As the story develops, itâ€™s difficult to sometimes tell the difference between whatâ€™s real and whatâ€™s not as Alice is a bit of an unreliable narrator at times and other people including Leo are seen as a potential threat.
I loved this story, itâ€™s well written and paced with short and snappy chapters that really engage the reader. I speak from experience! Alice is a great protagonist, sheâ€™s complex and finds a connection in Nina, as she shares the same name as Aliceâ€™s sister who is also dead and hopes that with finding Ninaâ€™s killer, will give her some peace even if that means making some enemies along the way.
The story is not only seen from Aliceâ€™s perspective but there is also an unknown therapist meeting their patients for the first time.
Atmospheric and filled with paranoia and suspense throughout, ‘The Therapist’ is a gripping guessing game with unsettling moments and suspicious characters that keeps the reader on their and is another terrific roller coaster of a story from B.A. Paris.
You can pre-order ‘The Therapist’ from Amazon and will be available to buy from good bookshops from 7th January 2021.