She worked with former snipers, had a decent idea about what that entailed…Could she do that? Probably. Whatever it took to survive. She’d always been driven to survive. Which was why she was still around. A bit of luck didn’t hurt, either. Fate, karma, divine will, choose your delusion. Be nice to have religious faith, to believe in life fitting together like a gorgeous puzzle. And looking back at her own life, Grace could see how an otherwise rational person could ease out a pattern that didn’t really exist.
I Could. Not.Stop.Reading. A fast pace thriller that is driven by the idiosyncratic Grace Blades a psychotherapist, practicing successfully in California. She has her own emotional entanglements that she keeps separate from her practice. She is able to compartmentalize well. Right away, you are put in Grace’s world with her horrendous no good parents and the “red room” that changed Grace’s world and brought her into the world of Foster Care Program thus the beginning of these emotional entanglements and the need to control. The strength of this read was the study of characters and how detailed the coping powers of Grace that was alluring to me. The loner that she was and how she protected herself from emotional pain.
The narration goes from present to past as the plot thickens. It is when her past meets her present that her survival kicks in.
Grace is intelligent and even though she appears harden by her past; she also is soft when it comes to freeing her patients from their prison of pain. Some parts of this read was difficult for me to read i.e. how her parents treated her, Grace’s view on sex (which makes sense considering her past and avoiding pain) and the evil of the antagonist. (view spoiler) Pretty rough. What I call the rough stuff did not take over the narration but it did express the tension that makes this a great read.
It was all around entertaining. My favorite quote was How many shrinks does it take to change a light bulb? Only one but the bulb has to want to change. Hahaha…Grace is easy to like because of her hang-ups!
A Special Thank You to Ballantine Books and Netgalley for the ARC and the opportunity to post an honest review.