Release date: June 14, 2022
A therapist’s patients are the victims in a campaign to destroy her life in this unsettling and electrifying novel from the author of Convince Me.
What is the cost of carrying not only your own pain and grief, but that of so many others?
Dr. Lana Landers is good at her job. She’s an accomplished marriage and family therapist, dedicated and compassionate. When she is summoned by the police after one of her patients holds his wife hostage at gunpoint, she is able to intervene and dissuade him. Lana becomes a media sensation. But as her star rises, the target on her back grows larger.
How much can a person bear before breaking?
Not everyone is impressed by Lana’s achievements. In fact, someone is after her. And to get to her, they are targeting what matters most to her: her patients. One by one, Lana’s patients begin to spiral out of control after the receipt of unsettling “gifts.” An embezzler and his wife receive “dirty money,” bills soaked in rancid oil; a cuckold receives an audio file of his wife with her lover; a young woman receives a jar of formaldehyde that reminds her of a dreadful mistake from her past. Then Lana herself is the target of a home invasion, and when the perpetrators flee, they leave behind a message: I’m watching you.
Aided by Cal Murray, the ambitious and charismatic investigative journalist with whom she has an explosive attraction, Lana discovers that someone has it in for her. Someone with access to her patient records. Someone who wants to end her stellar reputation, her newfound success, and even, perhaps, her life.
This is my second book by the author and there is something really captivating about her writing style that really appeals to me. I love starting a book and realizing it’s both fast paced and on the shorter side too and that’s what this one had, and then the first couple of chapters were so interesting I just knew I would read it in a couple of sittings. I totally did by the way, it was addictive.
I think the strongest aspect of this one was the really tricky and fun guessing game the author created. I had several theories that changed repeatedly throughout the book and not one of them were right in the end. I was definitely surprised when all was revealed and even though it was a little bit out there and sorta wacky I still enjoyed it. Overall I found this one to be creepy and unsettling but also really entertaining in a bat shit crazy kind of way.
Overall rating: 4/5
Thanks to the publisher for my review copy.