Monday 26 April 2021

The Therapist by B.A. Paris | Book Review

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The Therapist by B.A. Paris - 3/5
"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…"

Alice and Leo have been together for 18 months and after dating and only seeing each other at the weekends, they decide to move in together. Leo buys a house in a place called The Circle in London, which is a gated community containing 13 houses.  

Alice arranges welcome drinks for the residents and a private investigator, Thomas Grainger, turns up, telling her that a woman named Nina Maxwell was murdered in their new home. Nina's husband Oliver was arrested and subsequently committed suicide but Oliver's sister Helen has asked for Thomas's help in finding the real killer as she knows it wasn't her brother.

Alice then starts to become a bit obsessive with Nina's murder. Lots of creepy things are happening and she ends up suspecting everyone from the residents to estate agent who sold them the house. But what is the truth and who is telling lies?

Alice feels a deep connection to this murder as the lady who was killed has the same name as her late sister. For me, this was just mentioned a bit too much throughout the story.

It has a great plot but I felt like it was a little too slow paced for me. I had guessed who the real killer was but there were a few surprises at the end which I didn't get.

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