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Book Review: The Therapist by B.A. Paris

The Therapist
Author: B.A. Paris
Published: July 13, 2021
Audiobook

Reviewed By: Jessica
Dates Read:  August 25 -31, 2021
Jessica’s Rating: 2 stars     

Book Description:

When Alice and Leo move into a newly renovated house in The Circle, a gated community of exclusive houses, it is everything they’ve dreamed of. But appearances can be deceptive…

As Alice is getting to know her neighbours, she discovers a devastating secret about her new home, and begins to feel a strong connection with Nina, the therapist who lived there before.

Alice becomes obsessed with trying to piece together what happened two years before. But no one wants to talk about it. Her neighbors are keeping secrets and things are not as perfect as they seem…

Jessica’s Review:

**Minor spoilers**

I am a B.A. Paris fan and have really enjoyed all her other books, until The Therapist.  This one was just lackluster as it moved very slowly for me.  I also did not connect with Alice and she just seemed too caught up in trying to figure out what really happened to the former resident Nina, who was murdered in the apartment. Once Alice found out about Nina’s murder after moving in, she stayed?!?!?!  Leo didn’t bother to tell her when he bought the house!?!?!  WHAT!?!?!?   Yeah, they totally don’t have a good relationship.

Maybe it was that I listened to the audiobook on this one and have actually read the others. Sometimes audiobooks are hit or miss.  I just had no feeling of suspense listening to The Therapist and by the time we got to the ending I wasn’t shocked or really cared with this one. 

Since I have enjoyed all of her other novels, I will continue to read anything else she writes.  I highly recommend her first novel: Behind Closed Doors.  Read that one!

Purchase Links 
Amazon US
Amazon UK

The Dilemma by B.A. Paris

The Dilemma
Author:  B.A. Paris
Published: June 30, 2020
Audiobook

Reviewed By: Jessica
Dates Read: August 31- September 10, 2020
Jessica’s Rating: 4 stars     

Book Description:

It’s Livia’s fortieth birthday and tonight she’s having a party, a party she’s been planning for a long time. The only person missing will be her daughter, Marnie.

But Livia has a secret, a secret she’s been keeping from Adam, her husband, until the party is over. Because how can she tell him that although she loves Marnie, she’s glad their daughter won’t be there to celebrate with her?

Adam is determined everything will be just right for Livia and the party is going to be perfect… until he learns something that will leave him facing an unbearable decision.

Jessica’s Review:

This one definitely receives 4 Frustrating Stars: But this is in a good way! 

Oh my word, this one is a departure from Paris’ other novels, as this one is not a thriller/ mystery but more of a domestic drama.  This novel deals with family dynamics/ history, consequences of past actions, communication (or I should say a lack of), love, grief, and good intentions that may not have the desired effect.

It is Livia’s big 40 and she is going to have the biggest party ever, especially since she never got the huge wedding she really wanted.  She has planned this since her early 20s.  But she is keeping a secret from her husband Adam, and likewise he is keeping a new secret from her.  In the long run, yes, Livia’s secret has big consequences, but Adam wins this ‘competition of secrets’ hands down.

This novel is a longer one that takes place just over a 24 hour period and we have both Livia and Adam as the narrators in dueling perspectives. The novel does become a bit weary; it is very repetitive as both narrators are constantly focused on the secret they are keeping from each other. I was more involved with Adam’s secret than Livia’s.  Adam’s secret is heart breaking on so many levels. He becomes very frustrating at times because to get a definitive answer to his dilemma, all he has to do is make one phone call. At times I wanted to slap him and yell “Just make that phone call!”  But then Adam still has a dilemma as once he knows the answer then there is no turning back.  Adam really is in a lose-lose situation with Livia’s party going on. 

Like Livia, I also turned 40 this year, so I identified with her on having a big birthday year.    This is a situation no couple would want to find themselves in.  There are ultimately no winners or losers in their situation.  The title of the novel is so apparent as you read through the novel.  The only thing that did not seem realistic was a woman who focused on having a huge 40th birthday party for half of her life. I mean, what about your 30th? That one is just as important! 

I really did enjoy this frustrating novel, despite the repetitiveness of it.  It does make you think “what would you do?” in Livia and Adam’s situations. And all I can say is: I am not sure.

Purchase Links:
Amazon US
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Bring Me Back by B.A. Paris

Author: B.A. Paris
To Be Published: June 19, 2018
304 pages

Reviewed By: Jessica
Dates Read: May 20-30, 2018
Jessica’s Rating: 4 stars

Book Description:

A young British couple are driving through France on holiday when they stop for gas. He runs in to pay, she stays in the car. When he returns her car door has been left open, but she’s not inside. No one ever sees her again.

Ten years later he’s engaged to be married; he’s happy, and his past is only a tiny part his life now. Until he comes home from work and finds his new wife-to-be is sitting on their sofa. She’s turning something over in her fingers, holding it up to the light. Something that would have no worth to anyone else, something only he and she would know about because his wife is the sister of his missing first love.

As more and more questions are raised, their marriage becomes strained. Has his first love somehow come back to him after all this time? Or is the person who took her playing games with his mind?

Jessica’s Review:

Bring Me Back is B.A. Paris’ third novel and after reading all three I can say this: I am a fan of hers!  I look forward to her fourth novel that is due to come out next year. In Bring Me Back the chapters are short, we have multiple narrators, and an intriguing storyline: It’s everything I want in a thriller!

Unlike her previous two novels, her main narrator Finn is a man.  This was a surprise as Paris’ other two novel’s narrators are women. Despite all his secrets I liked Finn and wanted to know what was going to happen next.  Bring Me Back is a novel you do not want to put down.

With the thrillers I read, I like to NOT figure out what the twist is going to be. I love the feeling when the twist occurs and your mind is blown with an OMG moment.  I did figure out the twist in Bring Me Back very early on: It was very obvious to me.  I could see the clues over the course of the entire novel. Despite figuring out this twist, I was eager to see how it would play out.  I ‘sat back and enjoyed the ride’ as I went on while reading.

The epilogue truly had my attention. There is a true sadness with the ending. I really enjoyed Bring Me Back. If you enjoy a good thriller and have not read any by B.A. Paris, you need to go out and get her novels now!

Bring me Back is highly recommended!

Special thanks to St Martin’s Press for my arc copy. It was a pleasure to read and review! Please keep bringing us more of Paris’ novels!

Pre-Order Links:
Amazon US
Amazon UK (available now!)

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