BOOK REVIEW: The Blind by A.F. Brady @AFBradyNYC ‏@parkrowbooks

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Publisher: Park Row Books

Release Date: September 26, 2017 (hardcover)

Genre: Adult Fiction / Mystery / Thriller

Goodreads Average: 3.51  *as of 6/03/19*

 

Goodreads Blurb:

Sometimes what’s most terrifying is what exists in your mind.

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, though this mindset leads Sam down some dark paths, opening her eyes to her own disturbing mental turmoil.

When Richard, a mysterious patient no one wants to treat, is admitted to Typhlos, Sam is determined to unlock his secrets and understand his psyche. But 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?

My Thoughts:

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. 🙂

MY RATING: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ / 5

 

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