The Patient

The Patient by Steena Holmes

A therapist must face her own worst fear—one of her patients is a serial killer.

Danielle Rycroft suspects someone close to her has a dark secret. In the confidential setting of therapy, her patients share their anxieties and fears. Now, with a string of murders in town putting her on edge, Danielle’s own worries come close to eclipsing her patients’. In each case, the pattern is the same: parents killed while their children sleep blissfully unaware in their beds. Her best friend, Detective Tami Sloan, is the only person she has confided in.

Danielle believes that there’s still a secret one patient has yet to share. But which one? Behind a familiar face is a stranger who’ll do anything to hide their worst compulsions. The anxiety brings Danielle to her own therapist’s office, seeking counsel and comfort. But what is she willing to risk, and how much closer must she get, to stop them?

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

My Review: The premise of this novel grabbed me right away. Danielle is new in the town of Cheshire and doesn’t have many contacts beyond her handful of patients. When sets of parents start to die, she has a feeling that one of her patients might be involved. And then, she starts to receive notes confirming her fears. She desperately wants to help her patients, but she is also terrified.

I read a lot of psychological suspense novels, and The Patient is one of the best I’ve read this year. Steena Holmes drops enough bread crumbs along the way so that an astute reader can see the big reveal coming, yet still be surprised at how all the plot threads come together.

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