The Patient, a review by Kristin

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The Patient
By: Cole Baxter

Publication Date: October 1, 2023
Published By: Inkubator Books
312 Pages

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Ten years ago, James Owens was convicted of a murder he couldn’t remember committing.

Now, finally released from the mental institution where he’s served his time, he is placed under house arrest in the sprawling family home he has inherited from his father.

Living in isolation, visited only by his therapist, parole officer, and supportive but controlling twin Janet, he at least has something resembling peace. But he is still haunted by hallucinations, nightmares, and bizarre memories which may or may not be real.

Strange sounds in the house, and objects which disappear or are mysteriously damaged all add to his fear that he is sliding into uncontrolled insanity again.

But is he? Or is his fragile mental state being manipulated by someone with a sinister agenda of their own?

When tragedy strikes, James must go on a journey that will force him to confront the past – and the haunted depths of his own tortured soul.


This book will second guess what you think is going on! It’s really hard not to be suspicious of everyone, including James himself. Baxter skillfully describes James’ mental health issues, and keeps trying to make sure that the correct terminology is used.

I couldn’t put this book down. I kept reading because I needed to know what was going on, how things were happening, and why things were happening. I had a feeling that I knew who had the sinister agenda and I was right. But that didn’t take away from the book at all. It made it more enjoyable because I still kept guessing at other aspects.

This is a great, fast read thriller. I would highly recommend it to anyone that loves a good thriller.


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