The Therapist

by Paris, B. A.

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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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Booklist Review: "Alice and her boyfriend, Leo, face a chilly reception when they move to a home on the Circle, a gated London street. Alice feels she's made strides toward winning over the new neighbors at an impromptu housewarming party, but when she discovers that her party was secretly crashed by a private investigator, she senses a darker story emerging. Nina Maxwell, former owner of Alice's home, was murdered in the house, and her husband, Oliver, was accused of the crime. Alice reels; Leo was determined to buy that particular house, and he lied to her about how it became affordable. Why? Thomas Grainger, the PI at the party, is working to prove Oliver's innocence, and Alice agrees to be his eyes and ears in the Circle, quickly learning that Nina was likely having an affair with one of the neighborhood husbands. The more Alice probes, the more everyone, even the semireclusive retirees down the street, begins behaving suspiciously. Alice's naivete is straight out of a horror film, heightening the suspense, while the Circle evokes the chills of The Stepford Wives. A well-crafted psychological thriller."
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "After Alice Dawson, the narrator of this twisty if flawed psychological thriller from bestseller Paris (The Dilemma), and her boyfriend, Leo Curtis, move into a house in a London gated community, Alice can't figure out why the neighbors keep their distance. Then she learns from Thomas Grainger, a private investigator who appears at the door, that the previous occupant, therapist Nina Maxwell, was murdered there more than a year earlier; Nina's husband, now dead, was falsely accused of the crime, and Thomas is looking into a miscarriage of justice. Alice reels at the news. Why did Leo, who handled the sale and must have heard about the murder from the estate agent, not tell her? That Alice's deceased sister was named Nina makes her prone to take a strong interest in anyone with that name, and she determines to help Thomas investigate. Alice soon discovers everyone in the community has secrets, including Leo. An intriguing setup and a closed circle of well-drawn suspects compensate only in part for a confusing conclusion and Alice's unconvincing reason to get involved in the murder case. Paris has done better. Agent: Camilla Wray, Darley Anderson (U.K.). (July)"
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Additional Information
Subjects Thriller
Publisher St. Martin's Publishing Group2021
Language English
ISBN 9781250274137