The Blind: A Chilling Psychological Suspense (Original)
A F Brady (Author)
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DescriptionA razor-sharp debut about a woman who goes so far off the deep end, she might never make it back up... Sam James has spent years carefully crafting her reputation as the best psychologist at Typhlos, Manhattan's most challenging psychiatric institution. She believes if she can't save herself, she'll save someone else. It's this savior complex that serves her well in helping patients battle their inner demons, though it leads Sam down some dark paths and opens her eyes to her own mental turmoil. When Richard, a mysterious patient no other therapist wants to treat, is admitted to Typhlos, Sam is determined to unlock his secrets and his psyche. But she can't figure out why Richard appears to be so normal in a hospital filled with madness. As Sam gets pulled into Richard's twisted past, she can't help but analyze her own life, and what she discovers terrifies her. And so the mind games begin. But who is the savior and who is the saved? In this unexpected and addictive psychological debut, A.F. Brady takes readers into the psyche of a deeply disturbed woman desperately trying to keep her head above water, showing that sometimes what's most terrifying is what exists in your mind.
September 26, 2017
6.3 X 1.4 X 9.2 inches | 1.2 pounds
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About the Author
A.F. Brady is a New York State Licensed Mental Health Counselor/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.
Sometimes stark and often startling, The Blind asks important questions about the arbitrary lines we draw between the sane and crazy members of our society. Along the way, this quick-paced debut novel pulls its reader into a web of deceit, recrimination, and ultimately, redemption. -Miranda Beverly-Whittemore, New York Times bestselling author of Bittersweet and June Brady's fast-paced, riveting psychological chiller will wow suspense and thriller lovers alike. Brilliant character study and superior writing make this an outstanding debut.-Library Journal, starred review [C]omplex, intricately plotted...This psychological thriller grabs the reader and doesn't let go until the truth about Richard's past is finally revealed.-Publishers Weekly Brady's entertaining debut is told in the wry voice of Sam, who uses black humor to hide an undercurrent of pain.... [T]he journey (and the eye-opening, compassionate look at institutional life) is just as important as the destination, and for all her foibles, Sam is an irresistible diversion even if she can't seem to get out of her own way and be herself. A satisfying, darkly funny tale of redemption.-Kirkus Reviews Madness is at the heart of A.F. Brady's gritty, gripping The Blind, in which a psychologist navigates her own inner demons while attempting to care for her patients...with devastating results. The reader gets a front-row seat for her unraveling, which unfolds like a slow-motion train wreck-one where you can't look away. Sly, dark, and completely enthralling, The Blind is a knockout debut. -Kimberly Belle, national bestselling author of The Marriage Lie Dark, moody, and fascinatingly flawed describe Brady's ... protagonist.... A suspenseful look at our weaknesses and ability to forgive.-Booklist A propulsive, compelling debut. The main character, Sam, is complex, damaged and sympathetic. You won't soon forget this gripping psychological read. -A. J. Banner, #1 bestselling author of The Good Neighbor and The Twilight Wife In The Blind, A.F. Brady creates a fascinating character study. Is Sam James losing her grip on reality, infected by the mental patients she works so hard to help? Or is she the author of her own madness: a self-destructive combination of too much alcohol, an abusive relationship, and a murky past? As things fall apart, a new patient might just be the one to save her. Or is he the author of her misfortune? A page-turner that had me holding my breath until the last page. -Catherine McKenzie, bestselling author of Hidden and Fractured Reading A.F. Brady's The Blind is like watching a trapeze on the sharpest of edges. Moment for moment, we follow psychologist Sam James as she navigates madness: both her patients and her own. We see her try, with increasing dereliction, to repair her patients' lives as her own life collapses around her. We watch as this character unravels, with potentially tragic results. Smart, raw and intense, this is a nail-biting debut. -Anna Snoekstra, author of Only Daughter [A]n intriguing debut from a New York-based psychotherapist writing about a world she knows extremely well. Her protagonist, Samantha James, is an American psychiatrist whose personal life is a mess - she drinks far too much - but whose professional life caring for the mentally disturbed is beyond reproach.... Enter Richard, a patient with a daunting mental history, who usually refuses even to speak to the therapist assigned to him. Undeterred, Sam takes on the case - only to find that Richard seems to her to be almost completely sane. He may act obsessively from time to time, but there is no madness she can identify. What is the secret? Is Richard hiding his true nature so cleverly that even she cannot detect it? This is the question that sustains a gripping story to its fascinating conclusion. -The Daily Mail