The Patient
The Silent Patient by way of Stephen King: Parker, a young, overconfident psychiatrist new to his job at a mental asylum, miscalculates catastrophically when he undertakes curing a mysterious and profoundly dangerous patient. In a series of online posts, Parker H., a young psychiatrist, chronicles the harrowing account of his time working at a dreary mental hospital in New England. Through this internet message board, Parker hopes to communicate with the world his effort to cure one bewildering patient. We learn, as Parker did on his first day at the hospital, of the facility’s most difficult, profoundly dangerous case—a forty-year-old man who was originally admitted to the hospital at age six. This patient has no known diagnosis. His symptoms seem to evolve over time. Every person who has attempted to treat him has been driven to madness or suicide. Desperate and fearful, the hospital’s directors keep him strictly confined and allow minimal contact with staff for their own safety, convinced that releasing him would unleash catastrophe on the outside world. Parker, brilliant and overconfident, takes it upon himself to discover what ails this mystery patient and finally cure him. But from his first encounter with the mystery patient, things spiral out of control, and, facing a possibility beyond his wildest imaginings, Parker is forced to question everything he thought he knew. Fans of Sarah Pinborough’s Behind Her Eyes and Paul Tremblay’s The Cabin at the End of the World will be riveted by Jasper DeWitt’s astonishing debut.

The Patient Details

TitleThe Patient
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJul 7th, 2020
PublisherHoughton Mifflin Harcourt
Rating
GenreHorror, Thriller, Fiction, Mystery

The Patient Review

  • marilyn
    January 1, 1970
    The events of The Patient are related to us through posts to a now defunct online psychiatric forum. Dr Parker H. relates what happened at his first job, at a mental asylum, where he attempted to treat an incurable patient. The forty year old man had been at the asylum since he was six years old and those he came into contact with either committed suicide or were driven insane. Naive Parker determines that the patient has been unfairly and cruelly held prisoner and he wants to right that wrong. The events of The Patient are related to us through posts to a now defunct online psychiatric forum. Dr Parker H. relates what happened at his first job, at a mental asylum, where he attempted to treat an incurable patient. The forty year old man had been at the asylum since he was six years old and those he came into contact with either committed suicide or were driven insane. Naive Parker determines that the patient has been unfairly and cruelly held prisoner and he wants to right that wrong. I'll let Parker tell his story but I will say that this type of horror is the most scary type, for me. It starts out so normally, it's related so matter of factly, and then the real horror is unleashed, as the doctor realizes that he is dealing with a monster. Warning-animal abusePublished July 7th 2020Thank you to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and BookishFirst for this ARC. 
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  • Michelle
    January 1, 1970
    This is my experience with The Patient from the moment I heard of it to the moment I turned the last page. March 9th - Hears of book through interwebs (Goodreads I'd imagine though can't be sure). Reads synopsis and it speaks directly to my dark black soul. Shelved "To Read". April 22nd - 9:15am NetGalley has arc's available to request. I. Am. So. Excited. Sends request and waits patiently. 🤞 April 22nd - 11:48am ARC APPROVED! YAHOO! April 22nd - appx. 1:30pm Starts reading The Pat This is my experience with The Patient from the moment I heard of it to the moment I turned the last page. March 9th - Hears of book through interwebs (Goodreads I'd imagine though can't be sure). Reads synopsis and it speaks directly to my dark black soul. Shelved "To Read". April 22nd - 9:15am NetGalley has arc's available to request. I. Am. So. Excited. Sends request and waits patiently. 🤞 April 22nd - 11:48am ARC APPROVED! YAHOO! April 22nd - appx. 1:30pm Starts reading The Patient. April 22nd - 4:55pm work is closing and I'm at 93% - gahhhhh!!!! 😲 April 22nd - 5:22pm arrives home after driving a ridiculous speed to get there. Runs inside. Stands at kitchen door with coat on and immediately pulls out kindle. Meanwhile, husband is asking what I am doing to which he receives the hand ✋ 5 minutes, please! April 22nd - 5:30pm turns last page with a satisfied sigh. Wow! Jasper DeWitt has exceeded my expectations. I was hooked on every single word. I just had to know what was going on. Before I go around recommending this book to everyone please know that there is a strong supernatural theme that may not work for every reader. Another thing I want to mention is how polished the arc edition is. As a reviewer sometimes you receive arcs with lots of errors and whatnot but not so here. I truly hope that this book will kick start a long and successful career for this author. 4 stars! Thank you to NetGalley and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for providing me with a digital ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Nilufer Ozmekik
    January 1, 1970
    A horrifying, dark, bleak asylum: a young idealist psychiatrist who suffers from guilt trips because of his inability to cure his own mother, becomes a volunteer to treat a real dangerous patient who has been ruining/haunting and ending the lives of the people try to cure him. Of course when a plot’s beginning resembles Silent Patient and story’s premise, world building gives you Stephen King, Peter Straub’s creepy, eerie, blood freezing stories, you go half blind and jump into to read this nov A horrifying, dark, bleak asylum: a young idealist psychiatrist who suffers from guilt trips because of his inability to cure his own mother, becomes a volunteer to treat a real dangerous patient who has been ruining/haunting and ending the lives of the people try to cure him. Of course when a plot’s beginning resembles Silent Patient and story’s premise, world building gives you Stephen King, Peter Straub’s creepy, eerie, blood freezing stories, you go half blind and jump into to read this novella and devour it at one sit, biting your nails, pulling your hair, jumping up and down at your seat, feeling petrified with high tension. You want to stop reading because you get really scared but you cannot admit. Hanging on your big girl’s pants ( or adult diapers because there are really petrifying chapters) and resume your reading as brave as you can be. The story is told by Parker’s entries to the internet message board describing his time working at the asylum and meeting with patient named Joe who hasn’t been diagnosed properly because any doctor or staff member, other patients connect with him end up committing suicide or suffering from mental breakdown. So Parker is getting a real risk but he couldn’t have saved his schizophrenic mother and his savior complex forces him to take more challenging and complex cases! But of course poor young man has no idea what he’s getting into! Joe has been in the hospital since he was six. His parents have brought him because he insisted that a creature hid behind the walls harmed him with its clutches. Did he have a complex, thrilling imagination? Did someone abuse him? What was happening to that boy? Nobody found it including his dead cellmates. Parker finally meets and interview with him. Joe insists there is nothing wrong with him and he is held at this place without his consent and nobody wants to believe him. Anybody tries to help end up death or leave the mental hospital forever! Who is telling the truth? Did Parker put himself and other people’s lives in danger by being obsessed to treat this patient? Keep on reading to find out. It was interesting, horrifying, fast pacing reading. Some little plot holes and unanswered questions irritated me a little bit but I still loved the promising, gripping, twisty progression, dark and intense ending of the story. I’m rounding up 3.5 stars to 4! I scared sh*tless and interestingly had a great time! Special thanks to NetGalley and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for sharing this heart throbbing ARC with me in exchange my honest review. I’m looking forward to read more works of Jasper DeWitt.
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  • preoccupiedbybooks
    January 1, 1970
    A chilling and dark supernatural horror, which terrified me, and haunted my dreams/nightmares!A creepy mental asylum,A fresh faced, over confident psychiatrist,A supposedly incurable, and dangerous patientFirstly, this is not like The Silent Patient at all, apart from the setting, its straight up supernatural horror, which is more comparable to Stephen King. If you go into this knowing that, and not expecting a psychological thriller, then you wont be disappointed. I do think this has been marke A chilling and dark supernatural horror, which terrified me, and haunted my dreams/nightmares!A creepy mental asylum,A fresh faced, over confident psychiatrist,A supposedly incurable, and dangerous patientFirstly, this is not like The Silent Patient at all, apart from the setting, its straight up supernatural horror, which is more comparable to Stephen King. If you go into this knowing that, and not expecting a psychological thriller, then you wont be disappointed. I do think this has been marketed wrong, as it was more fantasy horror, and was so creepy!I really enjoyed the format, where Parker, the narrator posted blog posts on a forum, recounting his disturbing time working with a patient called Joe. Joe had no diagnosis, but had been in the asylum for 35 years, since he was six years old. He had apparently driven everyone who had tried to work with him to madness or suicide, and our narrator talked about his efforts to cure him.I read The Patient very quickly, and couldn't stop myself turning the pages in horrified fascination! I had to know what had happened to Joe, so kept reading late into the night, and then of course had very bizarre and terrifying dreams! This author's writing style had so much tension, that I could hardly breathe! It was fast paced, and I read it almost obsessively, with my heart racing in fear, and my skin crawling!I loved the build up, but was less enthused by the ending. This is possibly a me thing though, as I tend to often feel disappointed with the endings of horror books and films. Its almost as if I find the build up so terrifying, that the ending can never live up to my expectations?! I'm not sure that makes sense?! The fear and tension had me gripped throughout, but then I couldn't quite suspend belief enough, and think I built the ending up too much in my mind...I also had a few unanswered questions at the end too.BUT I was so scared reading it! The setting was so creepy and dreary, it was perfect! I found the story riveting, and couldn't stop turning the pages, and kept looking suspiciously at the shadows!The Patient was a scary, and quick story, that will stay with me for a while. I can see it as a film/movie! It was a great debut for this author, and I look forward to seeing what else he comes up with! I will definitely be sleeping with the light on tonight though, and will get my husband to check the wardrobes, and under the bed before I close my eyes...😱 😱 😱 😱 Published 7th July 2020!Many thanks to NetGalley and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for the ARC, in exchange for an honest review!
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  • Bridgett
    January 1, 1970
    If you're looking for a supernatural horror story, with a side of psychology, look no further!I started this novella (it's quite short at only 200+ pages), at 2:30 AM and finished up around 4:30...I was captivated. I loved the way Jasper DeWitt opted to tell the story...having our protagonist, Parker, write about his harrowing experience with a particular patient, on an on-line forum (using fake names and locations to protect the privacy of those involved, of course). Perhaps I'm the only one, b If you're looking for a supernatural horror story, with a side of psychology, look no further!I started this novella (it's quite short at only 200+ pages), at 2:30 AM and finished up around 4:30...I was captivated. I loved the way Jasper DeWitt opted to tell the story...having our protagonist, Parker, write about his harrowing experience with a particular patient, on an on-line forum (using fake names and locations to protect the privacy of those involved, of course). Perhaps I'm the only one, but this story vaguely reminded me of Stephen King's The Outsider...just a less refined version. I have a soft spot for the horror genre, so I found this be to an incredibly enjoyable read. There is a great deal of medical terminology and lingo thrown around, however, so that's something to take into consideration. The setting, a dilapidated, state-run, psychological hospital in small-town Connecticut, was appropriately creepy. The aforementioned protagonist, Parker (side note...I have a very handsome son with the same name 😍), though a little too self-assured for a newbie doctor, was well fleshed-out and appropriately sympathetic. My one huge gripe...a tortured cat. Hence, the reason I rounded down, instead of up. Overall, I really enjoyed this fun, entertaining, little story, and I'll happily read works from this author in the future. 3.5 starsAvailable for purchase on July 7, 202o👎👎 TRIGGER WARNING: Animal torture 👎👎**My sincere thanks to NetGalley and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for my review copy.
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  • Beata
    January 1, 1970
    A young, ambitious psychiatrist finds himself employed in an asylum.Gradually Parker becomes obsessed with one mysterious patient called Joe, kept in isolation and with a limited number of staff allowed to have any interaction with him. This sounds like a terrific idea for a book and at least half of my reading time was enjoyable. However, the second half felt somehow short of suspense and implausible at times to me, especially the sudden change in the approach Parker presents does not sound pro A young, ambitious psychiatrist finds himself employed in an asylum.Gradually Parker becomes obsessed with one mysterious patient called Joe, kept in isolation and with a limited number of staff allowed to have any interaction with him. This sounds like a terrific idea for a book and at least half of my reading time was enjoyable. However, the second half felt somehow short of suspense and implausible at times to me, especially the sudden change in the approach Parker presents does not sound professional. A bit naive perhaps? A quick summer read that will not stay long with me.*Many thanks to Jasper DeWitt, Houghton Miffin Harcourt and NetGalley for arc in exchange for my honest review.*
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  • Lisa
    January 1, 1970
    Review to come or not... Soon,.maybe.😯
  • ☘Misericordia☘ ~ The Serendipity Aegis ~ ⚡ϟ⚡ϟ⚡⛈ ✺❂❤❣
    January 1, 1970
    A horror and a psychothriller rolled into one. Nice twistie, chillingish horror and every bell and whistle of the genre in just the right dose.Q:But every hospital, even one with patients like these, has at least one inmate who’s weird even for the mental ward. (c) Q:True, blaming myself like that is irrational, but kids—and adults who are still processing childhood trauma—don’t blame themselves simply out of a secret desire for self-hatred. They blame themselves so they can feel in control of w A horror and a psychothriller rolled into one. Nice twistie, chillingish horror and every bell and whistle of the genre in just the right dose.Q:But every hospital, even one with patients like these, has at least one inmate who’s weird even for the mental ward. (c) Q:True, blaming myself like that is irrational, but kids—and adults who are still processing childhood trauma—don’t blame themselves simply out of a secret desire for self-hatred. They blame themselves so they can feel in control of what seems like an impossible situation, because the only way to feel like they can process it is to reclaim their agency, even by blaming themselves for something they have no control over. (c)Q:It was like being X-rayed by a very judgmental machine. (с)Q:“Joe, you don’t think there’s anything wrong with you?”“How the fuck should I know?” Joe shot back. “As far as I can tell, it’s everyone else who goes insane around me! It’s happened so often I sometimes wonder if they’re doing it on purpose, just to make me go as fucking nuts as they are from anticipating what crazy-shit thing someone will do next.” (c)
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  • Chelsey (a_novel_idea11)
    January 1, 1970
    Parker is a young medical school graduate from a prestigious school. Though he has many doors open to him, he is committed to staying local and helping the less fortunate because of personal past experiences. His mother suffered from depression and had a psychotic break and the trauma from it deeply impacted Parker. Starting work as a psychiatrist at the Connecticut State Asylum, Parker is happy to be helping people. Most of the patients at the state run facility are only there for short term st Parker is a young medical school graduate from a prestigious school. Though he has many doors open to him, he is committed to staying local and helping the less fortunate because of personal past experiences. His mother suffered from depression and had a psychotic break and the trauma from it deeply impacted Parker. Starting work as a psychiatrist at the Connecticut State Asylum, Parker is happy to be helping people. Most of the patients at the state run facility are only there for short term stays due to insurance refusing to pay for long term care. However, one patient has been locked behind the asylum's walls for over thirty years. Known only as Joe, Parker begins to hear rumors about Joe's effect on any person who encounters him. Almost as if Joe's undiagnosed psychosis is contagious, orderlies, nurses, and doctors have routinely gone mad or committed suicide after having Joe in their care. Determined to diagnose Joe and help him find a cure, Parker volunteers to take him on as a patient. But after spending several sessions with Joe, Parker begins to wonder if Joe is actually sane, and there is something more sinister happening at the hospital to keep him locked away. Who can Parker trust? Is Joe sane or is he such a skilled sociopath that he's even fooled Parker?Written in letter form, this was a fast paced thriller that had me on the edge of my seat. I couldn't put it down and read it in nearly one sitting. This novel had some Stephen King vibes which I really enjoyed and if you're looking for something unique and quick, this is it!Thank you very much to NetGalley and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for a copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review.
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  • Lizzie J
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 starsAs someone who is continuously disappointed by thrillers and horror stories, and as someone who thought The Silent Patient was boring, I loved this book. It was scary. It was unexpected. It was mysterious. It was unputdownable. (Thankfully, it's short enough to easily finish in a couple of hours, so as not to completely disrupt any normally scheduled activities.)I first read an excerpt of the first couple chapters off BookishFirst and became immediately obsessed with wanting to finish 4.5 starsAs someone who is continuously disappointed by thrillers and horror stories, and as someone who thought The Silent Patient was boring, I loved this book. It was scary. It was unexpected. It was mysterious. It was unputdownable. (Thankfully, it's short enough to easily finish in a couple of hours, so as not to completely disrupt any normally scheduled activities.)I first read an excerpt of the first couple chapters off BookishFirst and became immediately obsessed with wanting to finish it. Everything about this book is intriguing. The idea of Joe and the lore surrounding him. What the main character finds out about him. How Joe behaves. How it all wraps together into one deliciously dark tale. The only thing that I didn't love about the book was the whole thing about it being written on a forum. I felt like it didn't really do anything for the story and mostly tried to ignore the first couple of sentences at the beginning of the chapter because they took away from it and could have been easily eliminated. Still, that's just a minor thing. The endings of these types of books are usually the most disappointing, but The Patient did not disappoint. I was completely satisfied with the ending and felt like it was able to wrap things up, all while retaining the horror and mystery the beginning and middle of the book worked to create. All around, one of my most favorite thriller/horror stories yet.
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  • Carolyn
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks to NetGalley and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for an advanced digital copy of The Patient. I was expecting a psychological thriller but would consider this more of a supernatural horror story. There was some psychology involved, mainly an outdated Freudian interpretation by elderly Dr. A. Treatment for mental illnesses within the hospital involved medication and group therapy. Parker, a young, academically brilliant psychiatrist begins his work in a mental asylum. He is overconfident, arrog Thanks to NetGalley and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for an advanced digital copy of The Patient. I was expecting a psychological thriller but would consider this more of a supernatural horror story. There was some psychology involved, mainly an outdated Freudian interpretation by elderly Dr. A. Treatment for mental illnesses within the hospital involved medication and group therapy. Parker, a young, academically brilliant psychiatrist begins his work in a mental asylum. He is overconfident, arrogant, and believes his ideas and methods will be more effective than those of the past and present medical staff. I wanted to know whether his conceit interfered in his outside social interactions with individuals he regarded to be less intelligent. He was not a particularly sympathetic protagonist. There is a patient, Joe who is in his forty’s, He was admitted when he was only six-years-old. He is considered profoundly dangerous by the staff and is confined to solitary with minimal contact and is medicated. Those who tried to treat him by psychiatric means have either committed suicide or gone insane. No one has ever come up with a diagnosis. Parker naively believes he can learn the origin of his mental disorder and cure him through psychotherapy when everyone else has failed. When Parker meets Joe, he finds his patient to be remarkably normal after years of confinement. Parker likes Joe and comes to believe that his very wealthy parents had him admitted when he was a very small unruly child. He suspects some of the psychiatrists who treated him falsified their written reports to keep him confined and to have his parents’ money rolling into the underfunded institution.Guided by some unfortunate events in his past, Parker is determined to succeed with a cure for Joe. Eventually, he plans to help the man whom he considers to be a harmless victim of the system to escape. This was a stupid idea coming from the arrogant Parker. He had never given any thought to how such a highly institutionalized man would survive in the outside world. Later, Parker learns he has miscalculated and has been manipulated by both the staff and Joe. He decides to investigate further while his patient is still confined to solitary and frequently placed in restraints. He realizes most everything he believed was wrong. He is now confronted by elements of horror, terrible visions, and the supernatural. Will he survive and maintain his sanity? Recommended for readers who enjoy the supernatural and over-the-top horror stories.
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  • Lyn❤Loves❤Listening #AUDIOBOOKADDICT
    January 1, 1970
    Audio 5++ STARS Story....4.25 Stars So...um...monsters are real?! 😱😱😱
  • Melissa (Mel’s Bookshelf)
    January 1, 1970
    I enjoyed this horror-mixed-with-psychological thriller. The format was refreshing. Apparently it was originally conceived on Reddit threads, so has a bit of a forum-post feel to it. Kind of like diary entries. It didn’t blow me away, but it was a good read.A young idealistic psychiatrist begins working in an asylum and is intrigued by Joe, a patient who has been in the facility since he was a child. Whenever people come into contact with Joe strange devastating things begin to happen. Can the p I enjoyed this horror-mixed-with-psychological thriller. The format was refreshing. Apparently it was originally conceived on Reddit threads, so has a bit of a forum-post feel to it. Kind of like diary entries. It didn’t blow me away, but it was a good read.A young idealistic psychiatrist begins working in an asylum and is intrigued by Joe, a patient who has been in the facility since he was a child. Whenever people come into contact with Joe strange devastating things begin to happen. Can the psychiatrist find out what is truly wrong with Joe? Or will he end up another victim?I really enjoyed the concept. It was very clever and the author captured the atmosphere really well. The format was unique and captivating.Ultimately it just missed the mark for me. Yes, it was enjoyable and I appreciated how short the novel was. But I felt that it lacked a depth of character and setting that was detrimental to the overall book. Perhaps it worked much better as snippets on Reddit, to give the reader a gradual immersion into the story. But it just felt like it was missing something.I was also expecting it to have a bit more of a twist or climax and I was left ultimately underwhelmed.Despite this, it was well written and gripping. Extremely good for a debut. I will be interested to see what else he has in store!Would I recommend this book?It was captivating and a good read. I just felt that it lacked a bit of depth and excitement that I would expect from a horror. But I still enjoyed reading it and got through it in one sitting.Many thanks to Harpercollins Australia for a copy of The Patient to read and review.For more reviews check out my: Blog Instagram Twitter  Facebook
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  • Dianne
    January 1, 1970
    Told in a fascinating and stark manner through online journal entries, a young, brilliant psychiatrist recounts his experiences with a mysterious asylum patient, one he thought he was talented enough to “cure.’ Little did he know, he will be unable to control the events that would creep from the shadows like a monster of one’s worst nightmares.THE PATIENT by Jasper DeWitt is a dark tale of one man’s need to atone for his own guilt by treating a man who has been forgotten since a child inside a c Told in a fascinating and stark manner through online journal entries, a young, brilliant psychiatrist recounts his experiences with a mysterious asylum patient, one he thought he was talented enough to “cure.’ Little did he know, he will be unable to control the events that would creep from the shadows like a monster of one’s worst nightmares.THE PATIENT by Jasper DeWitt is a dark tale of one man’s need to atone for his own guilt by treating a man who has been forgotten since a child inside a cold asylum. Was it true that this patient had driven several professionals to their own demise, mentally, if not physically? What makes him so dangerous? Where is his family? What have others missed?Chilling, dark and filled with suspense, as this story unfolds, dark truths will surface, human failings become apparent and there is something more to this patient than meets the eye. An excellent read that unfolds slowly like a slithering snake just waiting for its next victim.I received a complimentary ARC edition from Houghton Miflin Harcourt! This is my honest and voluntary review.Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (July 7, 2020)Publication Date: July 7, 2020Genre: Mystery | Thriller | SuspensePrint Length: 224 pagesAvailable from: Amazon | Barnes & NobleFor Reviews, Giveaways, Fabulous Book News, follow: http://tometender.blogspot.com
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  • Lisa
    January 1, 1970
    My thanks to Houghton Mifflin and blah, also Netgalley and the author Jasper DeWitt. Mr. DeWitt came up with one of the best messed up tales in a while! I really enjoyed this freak show. This is a story that I would tell my friends to read, without reading any other reviews. This was some kind of messed up! The kind of messed up that I like. Damn! My mind was working furiously! I had much of the puzzle, but just getting there was 😎 cool! I love when I'm right! Nearly as much as when I'm wrong! My thanks to Houghton Mifflin and blah, also Netgalley and the author Jasper DeWitt. Mr. DeWitt came up with one of the best messed up tales in a while! I really enjoyed this freak show. This is a story that I would tell my friends to read, without reading any other reviews. This was some kind of messed up! The kind of messed up that I like. Damn! My mind was working furiously! I had much of the puzzle, but just getting there was 😎 cool! I love when I'm right! Nearly as much as when I'm wrong! I liked this upended tale of crap that goes where it's not expected!
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  • Julie Zantopoulos
    January 1, 1970
    What an epic mindfuck but I can't stand how much I enjoyed this book. The psychology nerd in me just ate it up. I have a feeling this is a book that a lot of people will be talking about come July 2020. CW: rape, child abuse, sexual assault, suicide (by jumping, by shooting, by cutting, and pretty much any other method), mental illness, psychological torture, and murder.
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  • Jessica Woodbury
    January 1, 1970
    The summary I saw for this book compared it to Stephen King and THE SILENT PATIENT. It's a great comp for King readers, in fact it's one of the most similar-to-King books I've read in a while. (And I read a decent amount of horror.) But if you give this to your aunt who loved THE SILENT PATIENT she probably isn't going to be very happy with you, the setting of a psychiatric hospital is the same, but this is not a slow burn mystery novel even a little it. It is straight up horror and nothing else The summary I saw for this book compared it to Stephen King and THE SILENT PATIENT. It's a great comp for King readers, in fact it's one of the most similar-to-King books I've read in a while. (And I read a decent amount of horror.) But if you give this to your aunt who loved THE SILENT PATIENT she probably isn't going to be very happy with you, the setting of a psychiatric hospital is the same, but this is not a slow burn mystery novel even a little it. It is straight up horror and nothing else.Sometimes a comp title that isn't really on point actually makes the experience of reading a book worse for me instead of better. Comp titles are tricky, and if you reach for the closest one rather than the right one it can be counterproductive. THE SILENT PATIENT impressed me with how it addressed mental illness, it didn't stigmatize it or use it as a cheap plot point. With that in mind, I was quickly aware of the contrast with THE PATIENT. This is not a book where the author has made a significant effort to research the inner workings of a psychiatric facility. It is totally okay for fiction to take place in a world that is not quite our real one, it's certainly normal for Horror. It was much easier for me to proceed once I realized that was the case so I could just relax and stop worrying about accuracy. Part of the process of me figuring out that this was a different kind of book and I should just chill was when I did a little digging on the author (I just needed to confirm he was not a doctor so I could actually start chilling) and found that the novel had its origins from a Horror subreddit. This was not surprising. There were several times in the book when I'd thought to myself it read like fanfiction. (This is less about quality and more about style choices and tropes.) And it turns out it basically is, which again, helped me relax and not get huffy when a character said a line of dialogue that otherwise would have made me roll my eyes. (A young doctor saying to a retired doctor, "Look, old man--" is like I'm sorry hhhhwat?) I let my brain lean in to that place where it often goes with King, where it forgives his quirks and lets him go. The thing is, that if you remove a few scenes and chapter transitions, you would never in a million years guess the book's origins. DeWitt's prose and style are generally quite strong, even if the characters and plot can get clunky. And while sometimes I questioned retaining the forum-confessional style of it, I can't deny that it has a way of sucking you in. This is horror, so expect that the buildup in the first act is going to be the best part. (The inevitable third act let down would not matter so much if there was less of that forum commentary, though. He keeps telling us exactly where we are in the story, which never really impacted my expectations in a way that ended up being for the better.) If you go in looking for a King-readalike with a creepy setting, you will get what you came for. There is also a CABIN AT THE END OF THE WORLD comp here, which is absolutely baffling, this is not that kind of horror, either in style or in substance.
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  • Schizanthus Nerd
    January 1, 1970
    But every hospital, even with patients like these, has at least one inmate who’s weird even for the mental ward. Patient name: JoeDate of First Admission: 5 June 1973Patient’s Age at Time of First Admission: 6Previous Treatments: UnknownCurrent Treatments: Mild antidepressants and sedativesTreatment Administered By: Nessie, Nursing DirectorDiagnosis: Disputed; his “symptoms seemed to mutate unpredictably”Patient Release Date: N/A This type of patient is obviously insane, but nobody knows how But every hospital, even with patients like these, has at least one inmate who’s weird even for the mental ward. Patient name: JoeDate of First Admission: 5 June 1973Patient’s Age at Time of First Admission: 6Previous Treatments: UnknownCurrent Treatments: Mild antidepressants and sedativesTreatment Administered By: Nessie, Nursing DirectorDiagnosis: Disputed; his “symptoms seemed to mutate unpredictably”Patient Release Date: N/A This type of patient is obviously insane, but nobody knows how they got that way. What you do know, however, is that it’ll drive you insane trying to figure it out. When Dr. Parker H — begins working as a psychiatrist at Connecticut State Asylum he’s young, arrogant and confident he will be able to cure the patient the rest of the staff believe is incurable. “So, tell me. Why do you want to attempt therapy on an incurable patient?” Joe has been a patient at CSU for over twenty years and no treatments have worked. It’s gotten to the point where he’s almost entirely isolated due to the fact that the people who attempt to treat him either die by suicide or wind up admitted to CSU themselves. I’ve also come to a conclusion: Whatever Joe has, I’m sure we can’t cure it. I don’t even think we can diagnose it. It’s obviously not in the DSM. If it turns out that psychiatry isn’t the answer for this man, then who do we need to call instead?A priest? Mulder and Scully? Moose and Squirrel? (Hello, boys)Dr H — adds instalments of Joe’s story on “a now-defunct web forum for medical professionals” over the course of seven weeks, his own recollections interspersed with physician’s notes. We’re told that all names have been changed.The first instalment, where Dr H — describes CSU, was interesting but it made me wonder if the narrative was going to end up fairly dry. I needn’t have worried. I soon became hooked, searching the pages for clues that would help me diagnose Joe. I love stories set in asylums so I was probably always going to enjoy this book but I was surprised by how compulsive this read became.I planned to only read the first entry to get a feel for the book before tackling something that publishes sooner. However, this one ended up jumping the queue and I am already trying to figure out when I will have time for a reread. I’m very grateful to have had the entire story to binge on; it would have frustrated me so much if I’d had to wait for new instalments to become available.It’s been a couple of days since I finished reading and I want to compare theories with someone. Since I don’t know anyone else who’s read it yet I need to blurt something out here. But, SPOILER AHEAD! I have a theory about the end of the book but it’s based on a spoiler so PLEASE don’t peek until you’ve read the book.(view spoiler)[I have my suspicions about Jocelyn. I could be entirely off base here but I think she was killed by ‘Joe’ when he attacked her, and he then shapeshifted to become her. I want her pregnancy to result in a creepy human/whatever-Joe-is hybrid so I can hopefully find out more about what Joe actually is in a sequel (if there is one) (hide spoiler)].I’m really hoping for a sequel as I have plenty of unanswered questions and need to know what’s next for Dr H — and Joe. I also need some information about Joe’s sister.Content warnings include (view spoiler)[mention of addiction, alcoholism, bullying, death by suicide, domestic violence, mental illness, physical abuse, self harm, sexual assault, suicidal ideation, torture and the violent death of an animal (hide spoiler)].Thank you so much to NetGalley and HarperCollins Publishers Australia for the opportunity to read this book. I’m rounding up from 4.5 stars.Bonus Content: A prequel to this book, I used to get letters from my nightmares, is currently available to read on Reddit. While most parts are available to read on the Reddit website I needed to download the app to read parts 3 and 8 due to sensitive content. While the prequel answered some of my unanswered questions I would recommend you read The Patient first. Had I read the prequel first I would have had a better idea of where Joe’s story was heading and this would have taken away some of the joy of discovery.
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  • Angela Staudt
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you NetGalley for an eARC in exchange for an honest review.“But every hospital, even one with patients like these, has at least one inmate who’s weird even for the mental ward. I’m talking about the kind of person whom even the doctors have given up on and whom everyone gives a wide berth, no matter how experienced they are. This type of patient is obviously insane, but nobody knows how they got that way.”The Patient was a seriously edge of your seat, freaky, scary, and messed up book. Rig Thank you NetGalley for an eARC in exchange for an honest review.“But every hospital, even one with patients like these, has at least one inmate who’s weird even for the mental ward. I’m talking about the kind of person whom even the doctors have given up on and whom everyone gives a wide berth, no matter how experienced they are. This type of patient is obviously insane, but nobody knows how they got that way.”The Patient was a seriously edge of your seat, freaky, scary, and messed up book. Right from the beginning it was crazy and insane, but the author wrote in such a way that even though you were freaked out you wanted to know more. This book is told in entries on a forum online, we learn of the past leading right up to the present. I thought this was going to be a thriller, which it was, but let me tell you it has a lot of aspects for horror fans. Some parts had me so shook up and scared, I seriously had to sleep with the lights on.Dr.Parker our main character starts working at a mental facility somewhere in Connecticut, he has always wanted to help people because he couldn’t help his mom who has schizophrenia. His first day on the job he finds out about a patient who has been in this hospital since he was six years old. He becomes fascinated with trying to figure out what Joe’s problems are and to find a cure and let him out. Every doctor who has tried to help Joe has either gone insane themselves or has committed suicide. I can’t even begin to explain what kind of wild, messed up roller coaster of a ride this book was, but I loved every minute of it. I don’t want to go into too much detail about what happens, but it’s a really fast paced read that has you questioning everything.
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  • Sheena
    January 1, 1970
    The Patient by Jasper DeWitt reminds me of The Outsider by Stephen King SO MUCH. I don't think it's comparable to The Silent Patient at all. That being said, I enjoyed this story and read it in one sitting. Super quick read and at one point I did get goosebumps. It's sort of impossible to put this book down until you're done with it. The only thing I didn't like was that the format of the book is being told through an online forum but I could get past that. I look forward to future novels from D The Patient by Jasper DeWitt reminds me of The Outsider by Stephen King SO MUCH. I don't think it's comparable to The Silent Patient at all. That being said, I enjoyed this story and read it in one sitting. Super quick read and at one point I did get goosebumps. It's sort of impossible to put this book down until you're done with it. The only thing I didn't like was that the format of the book is being told through an online forum but I could get past that. I look forward to future novels from Dewitt! Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for the advanced copy.Trigger warnings: animal abuse, rape, mental illness *************************************************I just got approved for The Patient on Netgalley YASSSSSSSSS thank you Netgalley!!
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  • Melissa Borsey
    January 1, 1970
    I was hoping this would be a good read, I didn’t realize when I started it that the story would consume me for the rest of the day and that I wouldn’t put it down until it was finished. I haven’t flown through a book this fast in a long time. I thank Netgalley for the opportunity to read and review this book.
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  • Fiction Addition Angela
    January 1, 1970
    A creepy book with underlying similarities to a Stephen king Novel. I started off this story with a completely different expectation to what I got. I thought this was a psychological thriller similar to the Silent Patient and as I turned the pages it felt more like a horror story. Thats fine because I like horror - so I continued.Its well wrote and creepy but the part for me that turned me off it was too it’s too fantastical. I struggled with this one and find it difficult to review. Some of the A creepy book with underlying similarities to a Stephen king Novel. I started off this story with a completely different expectation to what I got. I thought this was a psychological thriller similar to the Silent Patient and as I turned the pages it felt more like a horror story. Thats fine because I like horror - so I continued.Its well wrote and creepy but the part for me that turned me off it was too it’s too fantastical. I struggled with this one and find it difficult to review. Some of the chapters blew me away and left my flying through the pages and then other times I was lost in my thoughts about what chores I needed to do.Wrote as past tense for part of the book Dr Parker is almost writing his memoir of his time spent in a mental asylum. The patient, the main character is called Joe and is now an adult in his thirties and sadly has been in the asylum since a young child. Throughout his stay his illness is a complete mystery to all those who treat him and as time moves on so do the number of deaths of the medical staff that have been in contact with the patient Joe.Thinking that Joe is a harmless victim that has been locked up for some misguided reason Parker decides that he needs to break Joe out. Er hello - are you crazy Dr Parker?I wont give the rest of the story away but needless to say its creepy with flickers of horror with a sprinkle of supernatural.For me great premise, but something was missing in the last quarter of the book. It was horror but didn't scare me. More weirdly unnerving. Having said that I will definitely be watching that Jasper De Witt does next.
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  • Christina
    January 1, 1970
    A creepy, otherworldly book reminiscent of John Saul or early Steve King. It’s told by a psychiatrist in an asylum who has been treating a difficult patient who he has begun to believe might be something more than just mentally disturbed. First I’ll say, go into this book with an open mind. Don’t be expecting the usual suspense novel or murder mystery that the cover suggests. This is more of a horror novel. It’s really well-written, and creepy, and fantastical. Go along for the ride. The last 1/ A creepy, otherworldly book reminiscent of John Saul or early Steve King. It’s told by a psychiatrist in an asylum who has been treating a difficult patient who he has begun to believe might be something more than just mentally disturbed. First I’ll say, go into this book with an open mind. Don’t be expecting the usual suspense novel or murder mystery that the cover suggests. This is more of a horror novel. It’s really well-written, and creepy, and fantastical. Go along for the ride. The last 1/3 or so of the book is extremely fun. My only suggestion would be that further books by this author in this genre have cover & jacket copy that signals to the reader that this is John Saul territory rather than BA Paris. If you know that going in (as I did from reading an earlier review), you’ll have a very good time. (Side note, I find it hugely charming that the author thanks his D&D group at the end. That might give you a little taste of what lurks within this novel.)Thanks to Houghton Mifflin, NetGalley and Jasper DeWitt for the advance copy in exchange for my honest review.
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  • Maxine (Booklover Catlady)
    January 1, 1970
    This was a really unusual but very gripping novel. The writing style is really unique and it really drew me in very quickly to the story. We have our main character who starts work at a psychiatric hospital and is fascinated about a patient that everyone seems to stay away from, one who has been there since a boy and is now an adult and one whom they cannot help or diagnose.That's got to perk your interest right? Well, it did our character and it did me. The way the author tells the story keeps This was a really unusual but very gripping novel. The writing style is really unique and it really drew me in very quickly to the story. We have our main character who starts work at a psychiatric hospital and is fascinated about a patient that everyone seems to stay away from, one who has been there since a boy and is now an adult and one whom they cannot help or diagnose.That's got to perk your interest right? Well, it did our character and it did me. The way the author tells the story keeps you incredibly intrigued as to what the story is with this patient. Believe you me, you will guess at a lot of different things before the final reveal. I ended up kind of getting what it would be but towards the end some specific scenes just blew me out of the water. Very well done. It's a solid novel that has dark elements to it that many readers will enjoy. I read this book over a few hours and was drawn in right from the first page. I loved the diverse characters in the book and THE PATIENT is someone you may, or may not want to get to know. I leave it up to you to decide. A solid read if you fancy something fresh and like a touch of the paranormal or darkly edged fiction. 4 solid stars from me.
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  • Rachel
    January 1, 1970
    The best way to describe this book - Creepy, haunting, nightmare fuel.I requested this title off of Netgalley on a complete whim. If you know anything about me, I love medical thrillers, especially stories that have to do with psychiatrists, therapists, mental hospitals, and similar topics. The Patient is exactly that.I absolutely loved the casual format of this story told in blog posts written by our narrator Parker, a new young psychiatrist in the field. The story follows him recounting his ex The best way to describe this book - Creepy, haunting, nightmare fuel.I requested this title off of Netgalley on a complete whim. If you know anything about me, I love medical thrillers, especially stories that have to do with psychiatrists, therapists, mental hospitals, and similar topics. The Patient is exactly that.I absolutely loved the casual format of this story told in blog posts written by our narrator Parker, a new young psychiatrist in the field. The story follows him recounting his experience with the “incurable and untreatable” patient Joe. While on the shorter side, this story packs a punch and takes you on a crazy wild ride. I doubt you’ll predict where this one takes you. I didn’t know what to believe while reading this and I was completely shocked at the final reveal.I highly suggest you pick this one up on July 7th. Preorder it, run to your local bookstore and pick it up on release day. You won’t regret it. This is the kind of story nightmares are made of, leaning more towards horror than thriller, in my opinion. I can’t wait to see what else Jasper DeWitt puts out in the future!5 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Thank you to @netgalley for a review copy!
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  • Miriam
    January 1, 1970
    5 stars audio 4 stars story
  • Jamie Rosenblit
    January 1, 1970
    The curse of the overhyped book strikes again for me. I had been hearing how unique The Patient was and was reading comparisons to The Silent Patient which I think led me astray. This title had a heavy sci-fi component at one point which I think was ultimately the dealbreaker for me and it didn't seem like a very new story. This is a very quick read which is probably why I stuck with it but wouldn't ultimately recommend.Thank you to HMH Books for an advanced copy. All opinions are my own.
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  • Vanessa Menezes
    January 1, 1970
    This book was creepy, chilling and I actually had goosebumps in the end! In a series of online posts, Parker H., a young psychiatrist, records his time working at a dreary asylum in New England. Parker hopes to communicate with the world his effort to cure one bewildering patient.This patient, Joe, who is now a forty year old, has been in the asylum since he was 6 years old. He has no known diagnosis and is determined to be incurable. Every person who has attempted to treat him has been driven t This book was creepy, chilling and I actually had goosebumps in the end! In a series of online posts, Parker H., a young psychiatrist, records his time working at a dreary asylum in New England. Parker hopes to communicate with the world his effort to cure one bewildering patient.This patient, Joe, who is now a forty year old, has been in the asylum since he was 6 years old. He has no known diagnosis and is determined to be incurable. Every person who has attempted to treat him has been driven to madness or suicide.The plot was so unique and it was a quick read for me because I was so engrossed in it. But I kept thinking about it long after I finished reading, processing what I had just read.I really wanted Parker to succeed and prove all the others wrong. I was curious to know about what actually was wrong with Joe and secretly hoped that he was alright and it was just a misdiagnosis.The only disappointment for me was that after such an intriguing plot, I had hoped for a better ending. That being said, I would definitely recommend this book to all thriller lovers!Thank You to NetGalley and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for this ARC!!
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  • Lyndie
    January 1, 1970
    In a series of online posts, Parker H., a young cocky psychiatrist, writes about his time working at a mental hospital in New England. While working there he seriously underestimates a dangerous patient and shit gets REAL fast! ( and by real...I mean NOT real but freaking weird). When I started reading this story I had different expectations to where it would lead me . I thought this was more of a psychological thriller but as I read it warped into a supernatural or horror like read. The entire In a series of online posts, Parker H., a young cocky psychiatrist, writes about his time working at a mental hospital in New England. While working there he seriously underestimates a dangerous patient and shit gets REAL fast! ( and by real...I mean NOT real but freaking weird). When I started reading this story I had different expectations to where it would lead me . I thought this was more of a psychological thriller but as I read it warped into a supernatural or horror like read. The entire story is told from one perspective, it is actually written as if it came from an online blog post. I appreciated the concept but because it was so one dimensional it fell flat. I would have enjoyed reading the "response posts" to the blog entries. They are repeatedly hinted at but never in detail. Overall the novel was unsual and gripping but it felt lacking to me. The turn from thriller to supernatural was unexpected and I didnt care for where it took me. Prior to that happening I was fully engaged and enthralled in this book and really wish it hadnt changed course. I recieved a digital copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley im exchange for an honest review.
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  • Glen
    January 1, 1970
    I won this book in a goodreads drawing.A Lovecraft inspired story about a newly graduated psychiatrist. who goes to work at a state sanitarium. There's a patient there since the 1970's, who nobody can diagnose. The patient changes with every doctor. The new guy thinks he can cure the patient. Then he learns otherwise...Effective swerve at the end.
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