The Therapist, a review by Sherry

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The Therapist
BA Paris

Macmillan Audio
10 hours 6 minutes
St Martins Press
304 pages
published July 13, 2021

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It seems exclusive neighborhoods are the theme of the summer.  Alice and Leo move to The Circle, a gated community, into a fabulous house.  Only after moving in does Alice find out there was a murder that took place in her house and Leo didn’t mention it.

Alice starts digging into the murder and learns it was a therapist named Nina.  While the story is told mostly from Alice’s voice, there are chapters with the therapist and an unknown patient.  Leo travels for work leaving Alice alone in the house and she starts to investigate what happened.  It seems none of the neighbors want to answer any questions about the murder and the more they evade her questions, the more desperate Alice becomes in trying to figure out what happened.  

I’m not a huge fan of naive or too trusting characters, and that is what Alice is.  I couldn’t quite figure out why she continued to investigate and stay alone in the house when the stakes became so high.

I spent a good part of the book going down the rabbit holes the author set up and falling for many a red herring, I did finally figure out the murderer before the reveal.

I listened to a lot of this book and I must admit that kept me going.  The book is narrated by Olivia Dowd and Thomas Judd.  Most of the narration is done by Olivia and she does a fabulous job drawing the listener in.

While it isn’t a terrible book, I just couldn’t get over how naive the main character was.  

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