Title: The Patient
Author: Jasper DeWitt
Type: Horror, Thriller
Thank you NetGalley and Houghton Miffin Harcourt for the advanced readers copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. The Patient is out July 7th!
What the heck did I just read?! I finished this book in less than 24 hours. It was definitely a fast paced book that left me feeling a little (ok a lot) creeped out. I might need to start sleeping with the light on! Parker is a psychiatrist that wants to solve the mystery of patient Joe who has been admitted for 30 years. No one has been able to diagnose Joe and many of the people that have worked with him have either committed/attempted suicide or gone mad. It’s not often I read a book that actually scares me.
Parker writes on an internet message board about a patient he treated and I feel in the age of social media that style of writing really draws the reader in. Such a clever way to write the story. Some of the sections were pretty long but it didn’t even bother me because I couldn’t put the book down. Plus the book is short so its a fast read.
This is a debut novel for Jasper and this isn’t my typical genre of choice but I look forward to more books by him. I feel he’s a new age Stephen King.