The Patient by Steena Holmes

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The Patient by Steena Holmes. Let’s discover the synopsis, ratings and reviews, and learn more about the author.

The Patient by Steena Holmes. Before talking about the book, let’s say a few words about the author.

Steena Holmes is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of titles including Saving Abby, Stillwater Rising, and The Memory Child. The Word Game was named to the “20 Best Books by Women in 2015” list by Good Housekeeping and Redbook, and won the USA Book News Award, and Steena won the National Indie Excellence Award in 2012 for Finding Emma.

Steena lives in Calgary, Alberta, and is a self-proclaimed “travelholic” who can’t resist a good cup of coffee.

Here is how she tells her own story on her website:

“From pastor to writer…the journey has been full of potholes, roundabouts, diversions and clear roads and I wouldn’t have it any other way. My journey has been about self discovery and the moment I realized I could write, my whole worldview of who I was changed. I gave myself permission to fail, to try, to succeed. I allowed myself to dream and hope again.

For me, realizing my passion was to write, that THAT is who I am, I started to find joy in the roles I played in my life. Mother, wife, friend, entrepreneur …
Now everything I do is about my passion. Whether it’s traveling, writing, enjoying each cup of coffee or snuggling with my sweet Charlie…I am determined to live my life with passion and live it fully.”

To find out more about her books and her love of traveling, you can visit her website at or follow her journeys on Instagram @authorsteenaholmes.

Now, let’s take a plunge into her book, The Patient, published in October 2019.

The Patient by Steena Holmes, synopsis:

A therapist must face her own worst fear—one of her patients is a serial killer.

Danielle Rycroft suspects someone close to her has a dark secret. In the confidential setting of therapy, her patients share their anxieties and fears. Now, with a string of murders in town putting her on edge, Danielle’s own worries come close to eclipsing her patients’. In each case, the pattern is the same: parents killed while their children sleep blissfully unaware in their beds. Her best friend, Detective Tami Sloan, is the only person she has confided in.

Danielle believes that there’s still a secret one patient has yet to share. But which one? Behind a familiar face is a stranger who’ll do anything to hide their worst compulsions. The anxiety brings Danielle to her own therapist’s office, seeking counsel and comfort. But what is she willing to risk, and how much closer must she get, to stop them?

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  1. The storyline is original. It keeps you turning pages to know more. A bit scary sometimes, this book is a wild ride with lots of interesting characters, and plenty of suspicions and twists to the final pages to find out who is the serial killer. Let’s embark on it!

  2. This book is a story with a suspense driven plot, many twists and turns, and interesting characters. It will keep you guessing. Steena Holmes did a great job. The inclusion of Alice in Wonderland was a great idea. I recommend reading this book!

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