Book Review: The Therapist – A Book by BA Paris

Book Name: The Therapist
Author: BA Paris

 The magistrate of the Knights of the Order of Saint John, who is occupying the island, is called upon to solve the mystery of the mass murder of the peasants whose bodies bear the marks of a large animal’s nails. The sole survivor on the scene of the crime is a little boy, Andronicus Honiatis, who is unable to provide a clear witness of the murderer or murderers. A few years later, when it becomes known that the hands of the now young man, Andronicus, have healing powers, a ruthless chase to kidnap him begins. And as the medieval story of the knights of the island of Rhodes unfolds, so does another story. This one is far darker and more odious with its unpredictable twists and turns when into Andronicus’s life enters Louise d’Anjou, to whom his pursuer, who is eventually in some way to be connected not only to the murder of the peasantry but also to that of Andronicus’s parents, is also fatally attracted. What follows in the narrative is beyond the bounds of human imagination, which is tested to the limit when the lives of our protagonists are invaded by the supernatural and it dawns on them that what their future holds is uncertain.

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 neighbours are keeping secrets and things are not as perfect as they seem.
Alice also makes terrible decisions that may put her life in danger, with little regard to said danger. She pays little attention to strange occurrences that seem to happen around her, although most people would immediately be on high alert. Her consuming need to find answers about the therapist makes her suspect everyone around her of wrongdoing at one time or another, which in turn made me suspect everyone.

It may sound like the book is not a light-hearted suspense, but it really is not. I really enjoyed the first two-thirds, and read with rapt attention. After that, I started to lose interest as Alice and her behaviour became harder and harder to stomach. A few of her habits become repetitive. Things also got a bit too convoluted for me to take seriously, but my interest did come back by the time it got toward the grand ending, which may not have been completely unpredictable.

Overall, it’s a quick and mostly entertaining thriller, and I know many will really love it. The author is hands won very talented and one must give this book a read if they are looking forward to reading something unusable, quirky and out of the book thriller.

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