2020 Books, Blog posts, Books, horror, mystery, thriller

The Patient – Review

I’m currently overloaded with Netgalley ARCs. I literally, after this one, have one more to read by  Tuesday and three to read by the 14th. Ahhhhh. My next couple of weeks are going to be FULL of reading! Thankfully, they started out strong with this one!

Speaking of ARCs, I’m thinking here in the next few weeks, I’m going to write a blogpost all about Netgalley and requesting ARCs from publishers. So stay tuned if that’s something you’re interested in.

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𝙍𝙀𝙑𝙄𝙀𝙒 ⭐⭐⭐⭐

𝘛𝘪𝘵𝘭𝘦: The Patient
𝘈𝘶𝘵𝘩𝘰𝘳: Jasper DeWitt
𝘎𝘦𝘯𝘳𝘦: Horror, Thriller, Mystery
𝘈𝘷𝘢𝘪𝘭𝘢𝘣𝘭𝘦: July 7, 2020
𝘉𝘰𝘰𝘬 #: 50/75⁠⁣⁠
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𝙎𝙮𝙣𝙤𝙥𝙨𝙞𝙨: In a series of online posts, Parker H., a young psychiatrist, chronicles the harrowing account of his time working at a dreary mental hospital in New England. Through this internet message board, Parker hopes to communicate with the world his effort to cure one bewildering patient.

We learn, as Parker did on his first day at the hospital, of the facility’s most difficult, profoundly dangerous case—a forty-year-old man who was originally admitted to the hospital at age six. This patient has no known diagnosis. His symptoms seem to evolve over time. Every person who has attempted to treat him has been driven to madness or suicide.

Desperate and fearful, the hospital’s directors keep him strictly confined and allow minimal contact with staff for their own safety, convinced that releasing him would unleash catastrophe on the outside world. Parker, brilliant and overconfident, takes it upon himself to discover what ails this mystery patient and finally cure him. But from his first encounter with the mystery patient, things spiral out of control, and, facing a possibility beyond his wildest imaginings, Parker is forced to question everything he thought he knew.

𝙂𝙤𝙤𝙙𝙧𝙚𝙖𝙙𝙨 𝙇𝙞𝙣𝙠: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/51322791-the-patient?ac=1&from_search=true&qid=DJejnfRy7I&rank=2
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𝙍𝙚𝙫𝙞𝙚𝙬: I finished this book in less than 24 hours and all I could say at the end was, “…what?”.

This book was like The Silent Patient meets the supernatural. I didn’t expect it to have such a supernatural element to it, but I liked it. It gave me almost similar vibes to Imaginary Friend, where it was all going one way and then BAM chaos. This book, without giving away any spoilers, also kind of just ended – on a seemingly pretty abrupt note. Usually, I can’t stand that in a book, but I really liked it here.

The characters were a little hard to follow, but I also felt like that added to the disjointedness of the hospital and who was caring for Joe. No one seemed to really know what was going on, which the lack of names for a lot of the characters helped add to. This really made it feel chaotic but in a good way. I didn’t really feel any sort of connection with Jocelyn, which I think hurt the ending a little bit for me.

The story itself was riveting. I literally had to know what happened next and could not stop turning the page. The way Joe’s mind worked and the revelation of that was so interesting and something I didn’t see coming. I did not see the ending coming either, so a fairly decent twist there too.

This book was written in a series of blog posts which, at times, enhanced the story, but also made some parts feel very disconnected. It felt like someone was telling me a story, which made it hard to put myself into the story. The intros to each blog post felt kind of unnecessary and repetitive which annoyed me a little and I found myself skimming over those small chunks.

𝘛𝘩𝘢𝘯𝘬𝘴 𝘵𝘰 @𝘕𝘦𝘵𝘨𝘢𝘭𝘭𝘦𝘺 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘱𝘶𝘣𝘭𝘪𝘴𝘩𝘦𝘳 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘱𝘳𝘰𝘷𝘪𝘥𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘈𝘙𝘊 𝘪𝘯 𝘦𝘹𝘤𝘩𝘢𝘯𝘨𝘦 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘢𝘯 𝘩𝘰𝘯𝘦𝘴𝘵 𝘳𝘦𝘷𝘪𝘦𝘸.

This book will be available from all major retailers on Tuesday, July 7, 2020.

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