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The Therapist: A Novel Hardcover – July 13, 2021
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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.
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…
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One of the "Best Summer Reads of All Time"―Reader's Digest
One of "The Most Anticipated Mysteries and Thrillers of 2021"―Goodreads
One of the "Best Beach Reads of Summer 2021"―SheReads
One of the "Spring and Summer Thriller and Mystery Must-Reads"―Ms. Career Girl
One of the "Best Books of 2021, For All Your TBR Needs"―Popsugar
One of the "July 2021 Books [That] Will Have You Turning Pages"―Parade
"[A] thrill-stuffed novel about a posh London gated community that’s a hotbed of secrets and lies."―The Washington Post
"The Circle evokes the chills of 'The Stepford Wives.' A well-crafted psychological thriller."―Booklist
"As the story progresses, the reader learns new information, and Alice soon suspects everyone around her as the possible killer. The readers are right there with her wondering who to trust or if anyone is even trustworthy. The plot twist will come as a surprise and keep you flipping through the pages until the very end."―Mystery & Suspense Magazine
"Psychological thrillers don’t get any better than B.A. Paris’ scorching The Therapist, one of those books that make you want to draw the blinds to make sure nobody’s peeking inside."―Providence Journal
"There's plenty of guessing and twists in this story of obsession that will leave readers wondering who to trust."―Parkersburg News and Sentinel
“A whodunnit domestic thriller that will keep you guessing until the final page. In the Circle everyone is a suspect and everyone has a motive. A pacy page-turner that fans of Those People will love!” ―Catherine Steadman, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Something In The Water and The Disappearing Act
“B.A. Paris knows how to build suspense in an unforgettable way.” ―Tarryn Fisher, New York Times bestselling author of The Wrong Family
"A delicious web of lies."―Jane Corry, bestselling author of My Husband's Wife
"Tense and compulsive."―Louise Candlish, bestselling author of The Other Passenger
"Suspicion, betrayal and dark secrets abound in this tense story―all hidden just beneath the surface of a seemingly perfect suburban life."―T.M. Logan, author of The Vacation
About the Author
- Publisher : St. Martin's Press (July 13, 2021)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 304 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1250274125
- ISBN-13 : 978-1250274120
- Item Weight : 1.14 pounds
- Dimensions : 6.35 x 1.14 x 8.98 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #16,329 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Circle – A gated estate of twelve houses, built around a garden square. Alice and Leo are new to number 6, and Alice is eager to fit in and make friends. But her happiness is soon overshadowed when she discovers that the previous owner – Therapist Nina Maxwell – was murdered by her husband in her new home. And the more Alice learns about Nina's death the less convinced she is that the Therapist was indeed killed by her husband. And in The Circle, there are eyes everywhere.
In all honesty, I struggled to keep my eyes open for most of it. Follow Alice's routine as she spends the first 70% going to the park, meeting and socialising with neighbours, chatting with old friends, discussing living arrangements, and even more mundane – working, eating, and sleeping. The Therapist is 90% domestic drama, 10% mystery/suspense. There's little development to the thriller plot in the first three quarters of the novel and what there is, was rehashed endlessly, with multiple conversations repeating the same information.
The pace accelerated towards the end – finally! – and included a couple of satisfying twists, one red herring, and some cleverly planted clues, but it was too little too late I'm afraid.
If you enjoy reading about Alice's trust issues, obsessive thoughts and behaviour, and her mourning her country cottage and struggling to adjust to London life, then you might relate to this more. There just wasn't enough to hold my interest or move the plot forward.
I'm afraid this is where BA Paris and I part ways. She started strong with Behind Closed Doors, and The Break Down, but has gone steadily downhill since.
I'd like to thank Netgalley, HQ Australia, and BA Paris for the e-ARC.
UK/AUS/NZ Publication Date: 7th January, 2021.
US Publication Date: 13th July, 2021.
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This is the best book I have read this year and I get through a book every week.
Gripping page turner, great characters, absolute whodunnit that you genuinely can’t put down!