Today is my stop on the blog tour for The Blind. Thank you to Anna for organising the tour and don't forget to check out the rest of the stops!
Every morning, psychiatrist Sam James gets up at six forty-five. She has a shower, drinks a cup of coffee, then puts on her make-up.
She ignores the empty bottles piling up by her door.
On this particular morning, Sam is informed of a new patient’s arrival at Manhattan’s most notorious institution. Reputed to be deranged and dangerous, Richard is just the kind of impossible case Sam has built her reputation on. She is certain that she is the right doctor to treat such a difficult patient.
But then Sam meets Richard. And Richard seems totally sane.
Let the mind games begin.
I really loved the premise and synopsis of this book and I jumped at the chance to join the blog tour. I'm extremely interested in psychology and Sam's profession drew me in before I'd even opened the pages.
I quickly found myself immersed in her world and swept up in her life and work. It was fascinating to see into her mind and hear things from her point of view. I thought that this style of narration worked perfectly for the book.
As for the storyline itself, it was quite different from what I had been expecting and wasn't really my usual genre. If the synopsis hadn't made it seem like a thriller, I probably wouldn't have given it a go, but I'm really glad I got the opportunity to read it because although it didn't feel like a thriller, it was a great read which I enjoyed.
For me, the pace could've been a little quicker, but that's just my personal taste. It still had me reading on and engaged.
I think that it's important to note that this book deals with various sensitive issues which could potentially be triggering and is quite heavy in places. For example, there's a conversation (which I wouldn't say is a spoiler as it occurs quite early in the book and isn't part of the main plot) about an animal which if you're anything like me, is worth skipping over. So do be warned.
Despite the quite heavy content, I kept coming back for more of this book and liked the way the story unfolded to reveal more and more about the characters. It felt to me like a character driven book which I actually really enjoyed.
I must admit that I did guess the ending and the twist, but this didn't make it any less enjoyable.
Overall, I'm giving The Blind 4 out of 5. It was a fascinating read.
The Blind is published by HQ
This book was provided for free in exchange for an honest review.
About the Author
A.F. Brady is a New York State Licensed Mental Health Counsellor/Psychotherapist. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Brown University and two Masters degrees in Psychological Counseling from Columbia University. She is a life-long New Yorker, and resides in Manhattan with her husband and their family.The Blind is her first novel.