Title: The Therapist
Author: Helene Flood
Publisher: MacLehose Press
Publication Date: 8th July 2021 (Hardback)
At first it’s the lie that hurts.
A voicemail from her husband tells Sara he’s arrived at the holiday cabin. Then a call from his friend confirms he never did.
She tries to carry on as normal, teasing out her clients’ deepest fears, but as the hours stretch out, her own begin to surface. And when the police finally take an interest, they want to know why Sara deleted that voicemail.
To get to the root of Sigurd’s disappearance, Sara must question everything she knows about her relationship.
The cover of The Therapist totally hooked my interest when I first saw it and happily, the book is just as good! The story follows Sara, a therapist whose husband disappears when he’s supposed to be at a holiday cabin with his friends. After the police get involved and things get even stranger, Sara must try and figure out who her husband Sigurd really is and what has happened to him.
I pretty much read The Therapist in one sitting – it’s the kind of thriller that keeps you turning the pages to find out more. It’s written with the classic sort of Scandinavian minimalism and forthright style which I really enjoy. Sara is an intriguing character to follow and the reader gets a pretty intense look inside her head as she tries to figure out what is happening around her and what really happened to her husband. A lot of the book is set in the couples’ old and atmospheric house that they inherited from Sigurd’s grandfather and it almost feels like he is haunting them. There is actually a great sense of setting throughout which creates an incredibly unnerving and slightly creepy feeling that I just loved. The story kept me guessing right until the end, possibly due to the fact that the police in this book act rather strangely in the manner with which they investigate crimes! Overall I found The Therapist a brilliantly intense and intelligent domestic thriller which I highly recommend to fans of the genre!
I received a e-copy of the book via Netgalley. My review is entirely my own honest opinion.