Book Review: The Therapist by B.A. Paris

Book Review: The Therapist by B.A. Paris


Thank you St. Martin’s Press for gifting me a copy of The Therapist in exchange for my honest review.  All opinions are my own. 

Synopsis:

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…


My Review:

Let me start off by saying that B.A.Paris is one of my favorite authors.  It all started with her first book Behind Closed Doors, which is a book that engrossed me from the first to last page and made me realize just how much I like suspenseful and dark novels.  It literally changed my reading habits.  I used to read mostly literary and historical fiction, but with this one book, I started finding different books to read in darker genres such as mystery, thriller and crime fiction. And instead of slowly reading a book here or there, my true love for reading took off and had me flying through the books that all of a sudden I couldn’t get enough of!   So I can honestly say that this author has made a lasting impact on my reading life.

I have read all of her books, and I feel like they are all different from one another yet each has something to offer.  And I love that!  I do not want to read the same book over and over.  When I feel like an author is following a “formula” I feel a little taken advantage of. 

I enjoyed The Therapist just as much as Paris’ other books for many reasons.  Instead of diving right into the drama, this novel starts out by simply introducing the characters and their place in life, allowing the reader to get to know them at almost a personal level.  But that is not to say that the book starts off slowly, it doesn’t, rather it starts at the beginning and gradually unravels the mystery, suspense and unease as it goes, which I thought was perfectly executed!  

The simmering progression of the plot made things occur in a way that felt natural, rather than forced or ridiculous.  I would imagine it being a fine line for the thriller writer between suspenseful and unrealistic, but with the naturally unfolding chain of events in The Therapist, this story felt almost as if it is something that could actually happen. 

With no gore or violent scenes, this is a thriller for the masses!  I really enjoyed it and I think this one will be a summer hit!

The Dilemma by B.A.Paris

The Dilemma by B.A.Paris

E160BFE8-37DD-4A23-8E21-D854D0AA3999A new thriller from B.A. Paris that is different from her previous work, The Dilemma is a fantastic read!

Synopsis:

It’s Livia’s 40th birthday, and her husband Adam is throwing her the party of a lifetime to make up for the wedding they never had. Everyone she loves will be there, except her daughter Marnie, who’s studying abroad.

But although Livia loves Marnie, she’s secretly glad she won’t be there. Livia has recently uncovered a secret about their daughter which, if revealed, will shake the foundation of their family to its core. She needs to tell Adam, but she’s waiting until the party is over so they can have this last happy time together.

Adam, meanwhile, has his own surprise for his wife: he’s arranged for Marnie to secretly fly back for the family celebration. But during the day, he hears some terrible news and he too is faced with a dilemma.

How far would you go to give someone you love a last few hours of happiness?

My Review:

I have so many great things to say about this book!  The writing, the pacing, the relatability: all perfect!  The entire books takes place over the course of one day, alternating between a husband and wife’s point of view. Each set of chapters moving ahead an hour in the long and eventful day. That set up alone made this a very compelling and page turning read!  I read this fast in just two days.

Here’s why The Dilemma is different from Paris’ previous works: it’s an extremely relatable family drama. Nothing shocking, scandalous (well just a little) or vindictive.  This is not Drama with a capital D and a hair flip, this is real life drama that could really happen to someone. This is a story about a family, about the choices people make and how those choices effect the ones we love most.  There is a lot of inner dialogue that explains the choices of the husband and the wife and that made it really impossible to choose a side and as someone who has been married for almost ten years, I could relate to this story so much!  It was emotional, suspenseful, poignant and beautiful.  I loved it.  It might be the best book I’ve read so far in 2020.

Bring Me Back by B.A. Paris

Bring Me Back by B.A. Paris

66F75E60-7857-4777-A1FB-A39676C0B658Thank you St. Martin’s Press for sending me a free copy of Bring Me Back in exchange for my honest review.  All opinions are my own.

Synopsis from publisher:

This highly-anticipated new novel introduces Finn and Layla as a young and in love couple on their way home from vacation. They stop for gas, he goes in to pay and she stays in the car. When Finn comes back, the car door is open and Layla is nowhere to be found. At least that’s what he’s told the police. Ten years later he’s engaged to Layla’s sister and has moved on with his life. Until he finds his fiancee on their sofa turning something over in her hands, something only she, Layla, and he would find any significance in. Has his first love come back to him after all these years? Or is someone playing a sick game? The twists thicken as Finn can’t decide if he’s going crazy or if Layla really is out there. And if she is, what does she want?

My Review:

Bring Me Back  is another solid thriller from author B. A. Paris.  Her novels have such a great readability and this one is no different, I read it in a day and a half.  I really love the set up of this book: it’s divided into two parts, sort of a before and after but I can’t say too much without spoiling it.  You basically spend the first half the book wondering what’s going on, and the second half the book finding out what happened.

Something else I really like is the small number of supporting characters.  Sometimes thrillers can have so many characters, yet it almost seems obvious who is “the bad guy “.  In Bring Me Back,  there are just a few supporting characters that may have been part of the secret, yet each one had such probable cause I was guessing until the end.

The ending of the book made sense, in my opinion, but it was slightly anti-climactic.  Again, I can’t say too much without spoiling it.  Overall I did like it, but I think Behind Closed Doors is still my favorite from this author.  But based on sheer page-turning readability, I am a fan. I rate this one 3.5/5 stars.