A good thriller with a twist I didn’t see coming!
The Therapist by 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 they’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…
The Circle community reminded me very much of Desperate Housewives, with only a few houses in the gated community everyone knows everything about each other and Alice feels the scrutiny of the other residents immediately.
Throughout the book there are chapters from the point of view of the therapist which were intriguing and linked up nicely to everything.
I knew before reading that this was going to be full of secrets which would be unpicked layer by layer, however they weren’t unpicked fast enough for me. It did feel a little slow in places with the back and forth of Alice deciding whether to stay in the house or not. Some of her decisions confused and frustrated me and I couldn’t understand the reasoning behind why she was so obsessed with finding out what had happened to Nina.
Apart from that though the sections in Alice’s house at night were really creepy and the whole gated community really gave that claustrophobic feeling.
I’m also really pleased to say I didn’t guess the ending which is always good. I was shocked with the twists that were revealed and it was very intense towards the end.
Overall this was a good thriller with a twist I wasn’t expecting!