Emotionally guarded Daphne Amos always believed she’d found a kindred spirit in her fiancé, Heath. Both very private people, they’ve kept their pasts hidden from the world, and each other, until Heath’s escalating nightmares begin to put an undeniable strain on their relationship. Determined to give their impending marriage the best chance of succeeding, Heath insists that Daphne join him on a seven-day retreat with Dr. Matthew Cerny, a psychologist celebrated for getting to the root of repressed memories. Daphne reluctantly agrees–even though the past is the last place she wants to go.
The retreat’s isolated and forbidding location increases her unease, as do the doctor’s rules: they must relinquish their keys and phones, they’ll be monitored at all hours by hidden cameras, and they’re never to socialize with the other guests.
One sleepless night, Daphne decides to leave her room…and only then does she realize that the institute is not at all what it seems–and that whatever’s crying out from Heath’s past isn’t meant to be heard. It’s meant to be silenced.
★★★.5 / 5
It was indeed a great psychological thriller. I actually read it in one sitting because with every chapter that ended, I was left with more and more questions and I was very eager for the answers. The first 65% of the book was mind blowing, I really loved it. The remaining fraction of the story left me feeling a bit uncertain. The major reveal did take me by surprise but I had already predicted a few elements of it, but that wasn’t what left me dissatisfied.
It was legit the last few chapters that got to me. One, I found Daphne’s attitude really annoying towards the end and it wasn’t just annoying, it was also left me feeling super frustrated because after being such a smart character for a huge portion of the story, she just turned into this desperate person. Yes, I get it, it goes to show that even the strongest have their moments, but that moment just did not fit in with the whole scenario. Two, the last chapter was almost a redeeming point for Daphne’s character and storyline, except it got totally ruined with the extra character that got thrown in at the last moment, which made it seem like she really needed someone to depend on, when she didn’t and also I felt like maybe it was a bit too soon after all that had happened [trying really hard to avoid all sorts of spoilers].
Simply put, it’s an amazing book, with a very atypical storyline that really keeps you at the edge of your seat. But according to me, the last 35% of the book ended up being its downfall. I feel like everything that happened in the end was way too rushed and too many things were packed into too few chapters. All in all, it’s definitely a good read for the thriller fanatics out there and who knows, maybe you will love the ending.