It’s a pleasure to take part in the Blogtour The Therapist by B. A. Paris.
About the Author
B A Paris is the internationally bestselling author of Behind Closed Doors, The Breakdown, Bring Me Back and The Dilemma. Having sold over a million copies in the UK alone, she is a New York Times bestseller as well as a Sunday Times bestseller. Her books have been translated into 40 languages. Having lived in France for many years, she and her husband recently moved back to the UK. Her fifth novel, The Therapist is out now.
About the book
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…
Alice and Leo are just settling into their new refurbished home, which is in a gated community – it gives them both a sense of security. Leo is a bit cautious about getting to know their neighbours, but Alice is trying hard to get to know them. Everyone seems happy to meet her barring certain people who appear to dislike her intensely for no reason.
She has no idea that she has landed in the middle of a mystery that everyone seems to be involved in. It makes her quite paranoid, but it isn’t paranoia when someone is actually out to get you or are they? She becomes obsessed with the woman who lived in her house before her. Alice had a sister called Nina and this woman is called Nina, and Alice obsesses about anyone with the same name.
Err yeh that bit of the premise wasn’t what I would call unrealistic per se, because it would bring back memories and flashbacks, however the way it was delivered was. The dialogue and telling everyone who would listen about the Nina name thing was over the top and superfluous.
I personally didn’t think this was as well put together as prior books by Paris. It lacked her usual flair and specific voice. The premise was okay, however it all came together well towards the end. It’s a dark domestic thriller that plays upon the issues of trust in a relationship and how a lack of it causes an instability in a relationship, which is combined with a creepy murder mystery.