This slow-burning psychological thriller will delight fans of Nordic noir
The Therapist Helene Flood MacLehose Press 13.99 €
Norwegian author Helene Flood is also a psychologist specializing in revictimization, violence and trauma-related shame and guilt. It is therefore not surprising that she draws heavily on her vast experience in this field. tense and atmospheric domestic thriller.
The plot of The therapist focuses on Sara, a psychologist married to Sigrud, a senior architect. The couple lead a relatively happy life and try to spend their free hours renovating their first home. But a lack of money, time and energy stalled the work, resulting in rows.
The book opens with Sara receiving a voicemail message from her husband telling him that he has arrived safe and sound at a cabin in the woods where he will spend the weekend with two close friends. Soon after, she receives a call from the same friends wondering where Sigrud is because he hasn’t arrived yet.
When the police investigate, they question Sara about her relationship with her husband, some of the issues they’ve had, and why she deleted the voicemail he left.
As inconsistencies in the stories begin to emerge, Sara knows that in order to get to the root of Sigrud’s disappearance, she must question everything she knows about the life she has shared with him. As she gets closer to finding out what happened, you are compelled to read on to find out who is lying and who is telling the truth.
Told from Sara’s perspective, the book features flashback chapters on the history of their relationship. They are initially presented as a strong and united couple, but this ‘drip’ approach to their story makes you start to question the façade.
While The therapist is well plotted with lots of unexpected twists and turns, it’s a slow read, meaning the rather rushed ending may surprise some.
If Nordic Noir is your thing, you will definitely enjoy this book.