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Mystery ★ ★★
Good structure of the book
Easy to read
Easy to follow
Multiple (unexpected) plot twists!
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Published: April 15, 2015
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
All opinions generated in this review are purely my own. No compensation was received for this review.
I have been exchanging tweets with Lori Lesko long before I purchased her latest book. There were many reasons for me to acquire the book: I had witnessed Lori’s perseverance as a writer, which has also been stimulating me with my own writing, and I was very intrigued once the synopsis (and cover!) was revealed to the public. I knew then that I wanted to read this book, and since it would be supporting and encouraging the writer, it didn’t take much of convincing.
“Lindsey CarMichael was a gifted child with an IQ of 190. Her father had high hopes that she would follow in his footsteps and practice law. Instead, Lindsey decided to pursue psychology as a career and her father relented, with one caveat: Lindsey was to be the very best. And she was. But the combined stress of recovering from a past trauma and the frustration of being stuck in an unhappy relationship has left Lindsey overwhelmed and anxious. She definitely needs a vacation, but her boss isn’t willing to let her go. Exhausted, Lindsey’s life begins to unravel quickly. If she’s not careful, she’ll be the one in need of therapy.”
Not having read Lori’s previous work, I didn’t know what to expect. I knew that this was her first attempt at writing a thriller/mystery type of novel. When I picked up the book, I could hardly put it down. The storyline was great, the characters were all very captivating. Lori has a gift with words, as they seemed to flow naturally, and I never felt prompted to criticize the writing style. For a debut novel in this genre, I found The Therapist quite surprising. Every time I thought I had the plot figured out, there was a twist in the storyline, which kept my interest going.
Although this was a great read, I felt a little bit unsatisfied by its brevity. I think the characters and their troubles could have been dived into deeper, with a couple more chapters exploring Lindsay’s ghosts of the past, as well as the devious plan of her patient and the outcome(s). Maybe even get more insights of the devious personality of each supporting characters? I think it would have contributed more to the psychological part of the novel.
However, despite finding the novel a bit too short, I think Lori Lesko did a wonderful job at providing the readers with an engaging book full of twists. I am really looking forward to reading more of her work!