Published by Park Row Books on September 26th 2017
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Sam James has spent years carefully crafting her reputation as the best psychologist at Typhlos, Manhattan's most challenging psychiatric institution. She boasts the highest success rates with the most disturbed patients, believing if she can't save herself, she'll save someone else. It's this savior complex that serves her well in helping patients battle their inner demons, though it leads Sam down some dark paths and opens her eyes to her own mental turmoil.
When Richard, a mysterious patient no other therapist wants to treat, is admitted to Typhlos, Sam is determined to unlock his secrets and his psyche. What she can't figure out is why does Richard appear to be so completely normal in a hospital filled with madness? And what, really, is he doing at the institution? As Sam gets pulled into Richard's twisted past, she can't help but analyze her own life, and what she discovers terrifies her. And so the mind games begin. But who is the savior and who is the saved?
I am a sucker for psychological thriller, and being that it would told from with in a mental institution, there would be some creepiness to it too. I did get a psychological thriller, but it was also about a young woman story of self discovery.
Sam seemed o be an exceptional therapist, and was known as the Dr. that if you couldn’t help the patient, send them to her. But, Sam had her own issues that were weighing on her down. First off, the hostile and unhealthy relationship with the boyfriend and then the excessive drinking. Those things alone, would weigh anyone down, but she still maintains her job and does it well. It isn’t until the new patient Richard comes into the picture, that she has to finally deal with underlying problems that she has always had that are now coming to the surface.
Sam is far from perfect and while she is an amazing Dr. her life outside of the institution is a mess. At first I had a hard time liking her, I found her to be arrogant, flighty, impulsive. As the story when on, I began to understand why she was like it, and it made more sense to me. Didn’t mean I liked her any more, but I did understand her more and felt for her. At times, I wanted to smack some sense into her, but at the same time I wanted to hug her and tell her everything would be okay. So, I guess that says something. There are a few other characters, like Richard, he was completely fascinating to me. And some of the other patients were too. A few of the workers were great too. All in all, it was a pretty neat group of people for sure.
The setting of this of course is in a mental health facility so, it is a fairly dark and could be kinda disturbing at times. The patients were intriguing, and learning why some of them were there was interesting to read about. But the most interesting one was Richard, the one that has no information on why he is there, what his diagnosis is, or for that matter why he doesn’t talk at all. The more that Sam tries to get out of Richard, it was almost like falling down a black hole. You didn’t really know what was on the other side, and while I would normally enjoy the not knowing, when the truth behind him was revealed, I felt it was a let down. And that was only because I had pieced it together earlier on, but I still didn’t mind following Sam on her journey to the truth. What I did like was that Brady showed how Sam behavior was link to her illness, and yes, she did learn that she too had a form of mental illness. Brady did an amazing job painting a perfect picture of just how those with Sam’s disorder can be. And for that I have to commend her.
Overall, I did enjoy this, and will be on the look out for more from this author. I believe that fans of psychological thrillers will like this one too.