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The Therapist

Written by Helene Flood • Translated by Alison McCullough

Published July 06, 2021 | ISBN 9781487008604
FICTION / Thrillers / Domestic

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Regular price $22.95 CAD

336 pages | 8.5 in × 5.5 in
Print Format

About this book

The Therapist

Helene Flood • Alison McCullough

From a real-life psychologist turned bestselling author, a chilling domestic thriller with genuine psychological depth and a twist you definitely won’t see coming.

What happens when a psychologist begins to question her own sanity?

Sara runs a private psychology practice for troubled youth in the large, newly inherited house she is refurbishing with her husband, Sigurd. One morning, a voicemail from Sigurd tells Sara he’s arrived at a holiday cabin for a weekend away with the guys. A couple of hours later, Sigurd’s friends call from the cabin asking where he is — according to them, Sigurd never arrived.

Sara is irritated by what she thinks is a practical joke. But as the hours stretch out, Sara’s anger turns to fear, and the large empty house where every room is half-finished starts to feel less like a home and increasingly threatening. She begins to feel that she is being watched. Random items seem to move or disappear when she isn’t looking. And at night Sara wakes to the sound of footsteps in the attic.

As the terrible truth of Sigurd’s disappearance unfolds, Sara begins to question her reality. Can she, an expert in interpreting other people’s emotions and motivations, trust her own thoughts? And where is she safe?

About the Creators

Helene Flood

HELENE FLOOD is a psychologist specializing in violence, revictimization, and trauma-related shame and guilt. She lives in Oslo with her husband and two children. The Therapist is her first novel.

Alison McCullough

ALISON McCULLOUGH is a freelance literary translator and writer based in Stavanger, Norway.

Awards and Praise


“Outstanding thriller-therapy.” Bok 365

“Everything is just right in Helene Flood’s suspense debut.” Dagbladet

“Unputdownable … One of this year’s best thrillers.” Stavanger Aftenblad

“An impressively strong debut.” Adresseavisa

“Well written and captivating.” VG

“A new Norwegian crime author in the very top division.” Fædrelandsvennen

“Written with intelligence and insight.” NRK