Wow good book especially since I never guessed the outcom of the characters. Laid out perfectly.
This well written psychological thriller is a story that keeps the reader on the edge of a chair - one of those un-put-down books! It's a quick read with fascinating characters and a surprising ending. As a bonus, get a view at the what happens in a mental hospital for criminally insane. Narrated by an egotistical, arrogant individual who schemes to become Alicia's psychotherapist, the tale features dual storylines that clash at the end.
Meet Alicia Berenson, a thirty-three year old talented, renowned artist who was found with her beloved husband's tied up body holding a gun. He was shot five times. She says nothing and no one can get her to speak. Still silent and convicted of murder, she is moved to Grove mental health facility. Psychotherapist Theo Faber, who himself has been in therapy for years, believes he can help her and maneuvers to do so. He examines her life, family, friends, and her past and the reader begins to wonder if Alice really killed her husband but if she didn't, who did?
It's a fast-paced read of quick short chapters with thrills, twists and turns, artistic metaphor, and a little Greek tragedy. Alicia likens herself to Alcestes of that Greek play which she saw a day before her husband's death. Don't miss this author's first novel. It surely is one to pick up and read.
All I can say is WOW! I think this is the best thriller that I have ever read! The twist is absolutely amazing :) Anyone who likes thrillers needs to read this book asap! I went into this book really not expecting much to be honest. It ended up being a book that I could not put down! It is the author's first novel and I can't wait to see what he does next. Although I don't know how he can possibly top this...
This is the best book I've read in a long time. It grabs your attention right from the start and keeps it. Fascinating ending.
I could not put this book down. Following the story, I thought I had it all figured out and then the book threw a twist at me and then another! I love books that aren't predictable.
Therapist Theo Faber finds the case of Alicia Berenson interesting. The woman, apparently happily married, was found, bloodied and holding a gun, in her house with her dead husband. She was convicted of murder but determined to be not in her right mind. Nobody could get anything from her, because she would not talk.
Theo wants to work with her, and gets himself transferred to the hospital where she is confined, even though the institution is on its last legs. He manages to get her case assigned to him, because others had given up.
Gradually Theo finds ways to communicate with Alicia and the story - her story and the story of others - comes out.
I had not guessed the way it would end, and I admit to being surprised but also disappointed.
The book is easy to get through, as chapters are short and there is a lot of white space, so it isn't actually very long. I felt it was light on details and motivation, and I wondered how this doctor was accepted into the hospital and then is allowed to work with only one patient. The characterization of therapy as a way for the therapist to feel the patient's pain until the patient can recognize it seemed off to me. I also had trouble with how Theo thinks and behaves. I am aware that therapists are just people but they do learn some techniques to cope with their own pain. Instead, Theo lashes out, feeds his own resentment, acts like a child at heart.