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"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 --This text refers to the hardcover edition.
About the Author
- Publication date : September 26, 2017
- Publisher : Park Row; Original edition (September 26, 2017)
- File size : 1373 KB
- Print length : 315 pages
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B01N4FLKOE
- Lending : Not Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Best Sellers Rank: #295,183 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The Blind by A.F. Brady is an amazing look at one woman's psyche as her 'perfect' world starts falling apart.
What it's about: Sam James is the go-to psychologist for difficult patients at Typhlos, a psychiatric institution in Manhattan for the most challenging subjects. She has spent years building her reputation there and becoming her boss Rachel's favorite. But when Sam takes on a new patient named Richard that no one can get a word out of, she is going to be put to the test as she never has been before. Getting to know Richard and pulling out his past, will bring out some things in her own life that Sam didn't want to face. As everything she has built starts to fall out from under her, will she be able to make the changes she needs to in order to properly live her life, or will she lose everything she has worked so hard to build . . .
I've only read the 2 books by Brady, but I can already categorize her as one of my favorite authors. Her books really make you think, and they will surprise you in more ways than one. There are quite a few triggers in The Blind, one of which is abuse. At times this book was incredibly hard for me to read so I think it is important to note this trigger. I don't normally need to know about them, but I kinda wish I would have known what I was getting myself into ahead of time with this one.
As much as she likes to appear perfect to her friends and coworkers, Sam has some serious issues and I was struggling with her through much of the book, even though I know she couldn't necessarily help what she was doing. But I really liked how her story progressed as the book went on, and by the time I got to the end I liked her a lot more than when I started. I definitely think everyone can see a little bit of them in the people in this book, including Sam.
Much of The Blind is very psychological due to Sam's job and the way it is written, and it is so obvious that Brady has a lot of experience she called on to write this novel. I always understood what was going on, and much of it was pretty heartbreaking. I would definitely categorize this as a bit of a tear-jerker as well, especially towards the end of the novel. It does have it's funny parts too which was a nice respite from the heavier themes of the novel.
Final Thought: I really don't think that anything I say will do this book justice, so I will wrap this up. I had a bit of an unusual upbringing so I was able to relate with a little of what was going on at certain points in The Blind. It was fascinating to think about some of this stuff more deeply than I have, and how our upbringings (including parent's mental health) shape who we are as adults. If you are looking for a heavier read that is still pretty quick, and don't mind triggers such as abuse, you need to read this! The ending made my head tingle... so read it. :)
There's a new patient. No one wants to work with him. He was in prison for twenty-some years. Then, in halfway houses for years after prison. His file is nearly empty. He refuses to answer intake questions & won't discuss his history. He's been in jail half his life. But, it doesn't say on what charges. He always shows up for their sessions & he's always punctual. But, he's uncooperative during the sessions. He isn't threatening or violent. He's just very quiet & guarded. He's high functioning & seems to be completely normal. Why is he institutionalized? Why is he in treatment? She's been working with him for months & she still has no idea. He refuses to tell her.
Whenever Sam is on the unit, she's a superhero, a trouble-shooter & the go-to gal to get stuff done. She handles all the impossible cases & she runs all the most trying groups. She's full of faux sincerity. She wants everyone to think she's perfect. Precious few know she's an alcoholic, mentally fragile & unstable and in an abusive relationship. She's not the girl she's pretending to be.
She distracts herself with someone other than her boyfriend for physical feelings of love. He's a reprieve from real life. They communicate almost exclusively in emojis & the exchange of bodily fluids. She keeps a colleague dangling by a string for emotional support & intellectual feelings of love. She's always drunk or hungover. She camouflages her anxiety with the veneer of professionalism. She often masquerades a hangover as a migraine. She's unraveling & making serious errors in judgment & medication mistakes. She's become an unfit therapist.
But, her silent patient finally opens up & shares his personal story. He's never told anyone; not his lawyer, the judge or the cops. And, it's a doozy!
The new patient, Richard, was interesting but by the time he decided to speak up and tell his story (why he was there and the sort), I wasn’t interested in the story anymore.
I just completely disliked Sam. And I’m still waiting for the supposed psychologycal suspense this story offered.