A Chilling Domestic Thriller: Read a Sample Chapter of The Therapist by Helene Flood

A Chilling Domestic Thriller: Read a Sample Chapter of The Therapist by Helene Flood

When I wake I’m alone in the bed. There’s a gap between the blind and windowsill that admits a weak shaft of sunlight, which hits me in the eyes and stirs me. It’s 7.30 a.m. – not a bad time to get up.

I pad barefoot to the bathroom in defiance of the wall-to-wall carpet of chipboard tiles in the hall, the wet wooden pallets that cover the clay floor in the bathroom. We don’t have a ceiling light in here, but Sigurd set up a work lamp when he was pulling up the tiles and it’s still standing there, disconcertingly permanent. Luckily, it’s light enough that I don’t need to use the lamp.

It’s starkly functional, in the way that work lamps are, and gives off a hard white light that makes me feel as if I’m showering in the revealing brightness of a secondary school changing room. I turn on the water, let it warm up as I take off my nightgown…

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      Publisher details

      The Therapist
      Author
      Helene Flood
      Publisher
      Hachette
      Genre
      Fiction
      Released
      13 July, 2021

      Synopsis

      From the mind of a psychologist comes a chilling domestic thriller that gets under your skin. A voicemail from her husband tells Sara he's arrived at the holiday cabin. Then a call from his friend confirms he never did. She tries to carry on as normal, teasing out her clients' deepest fears, but as the hours stretch out, her own begin to surface. And when the police finally take an interest, they want to know why Sara deleted that voicemail. To get to the root of Sigurd's disappearance, Sara must question everything she knows about her relationship. Could the truth about what happened be inside her head?
      Helene Flood
      About the author

      Helene Flood

      Helene Flood is a psychologist who obtained her doctoral degree on violence, revictimization and trauma-related shame and guilt in 2016. She now works as a psychologist and researcher at the National Centre for Violence and Traumatic Stress. She lives in Oslo with her husband and two children. The Therapist is her first adult novel; it has now been bought for film by Anonymous Content, and rights have been sold to 28 countries.

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