The Patient by Steena Holmes ~ Book Review

Book Description: 

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?

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About the Author: 

NY Times & USA Today Bestselling Author - Steena is the author of the heart wrenching Finding Emma series.

The Word Game was included in the Top 20 Novels to be Written by Women in 2015 by Good Housekeeping.

Her latest novel - The Word Game won the 2015 USA Books Award for Best Fiction and her novel, The Memory Child was a finalist in the same category.

Steena Holmes grew up in a small town in Canada and holds a Bachelors degree in Theology.

In 2012 she received the Indie Excellence Award. Holmes was inspired to write Finding Emma after experiencing a brief moment of horror when she’d thought her youngest daughter was missing.

She currently lives in Calgary with her husband and three daughters and loves to wake up to the Rocky Mountains each morning.

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A small town therapist with a handful of clients is the premises of this novel. Danielle is convinced one of her patients is a serial killer but she isn't sure which ones. The plot thickens as the local police are trying to solve murdered parents. The novel flips back and forth between Danielle and her patients as we slowly learn more about each one. Who could have done this? Does Danielle actual have a patient that is on a killing spree? What can Danielle do to help? 
This novel will make you wonder which one it could be as we learn about each patients deep dark secrets. The author gives the reader enough clues and suspense to keep one reading to find out who it will be. I seriously thought I was on the right direction until the plot take a different twist. 

I give this book a 4 out of 5 stars. I have already put a few more of the authors books on my to-be-read list.   

~*Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions and thoughts are my own. *~


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