"With the intensity and rawness of Girl, Interrupted and Luckiest Girl Alive comes this razor-sharp debut, which reveals how one woman can go 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 boasts the highest success rates with the most disturbed patients, believing 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. What she can't figure out is why does Richard appear to be so completely normal in a hospital filled with madness? And what, really, is he doing at the institution? 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?"
“An intriguing debut from a New York-based psychotherapist writing about a world she knows extremely well.
-The Daily Mail
"Beyond brilliant." - Free-Lance Star
Published by Park Row Books,
an imprint of HarperCollins/Harlequin.
"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)
“A woman in pieces must put herself back together before she loses everything she's worked for and everyone she cares about.
Brady's entertaining debut is told in the wry voice of Sam, who uses black humor to hide an undercurrent of pain. 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
“A suspenseful look at our weaknesses and ability to forgive” -Booklist
"This psychological thriller grabs the reader and doesn’t let go until the truth about Richard’s past is finally revealed."
- Publishers Weekly
"Expect to be bowled over by [Brady's] mesmerising debut novel… most impressive is A.F. Brady’s powerful, compassionate and moving portrayal of Sam, [in]this remarkable novel. Add on an entertaining layer of black humour and a startling twist in the tail and the entertainment value is simply unmissable."
-Lancashire Evening Post