The Clinic

The compulsive new thriller from the critically acclaimed author of Black Widows

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Pub Date 18 Jan 2024 | Archive Date Not set

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'Absolutely thrilling' ALEX MICHAELIDES, bestselling author of The Silent Patient

'A superior, creeping psychological thriller taut with tension and drama' SEATTLE TIMES

'Easily the creepiest setting for a suspense novel since the Overlook Hotel in Stephen King's The Shining' BOOKPAGE

Six celebrities. One dead singer. No way out.

The world's most exclusive rehab clinic offers treatment to the rich and famous. Meg's sister Haley was one of them - a troubled country singer running from a terrible addiction.

Between the luxury spa, the ayurvedic yoga and the world-class therapy, the clinic is a perfect place to heal and brush shoulders with the world's most beautiful people. Safely locked in the secluded compound, its patients are a thousand miles away from crazed fans and paparazzi... with no one to call for help.

When Haley is found dead at the clinic, Meg checks in under an alias to find out why. Soon she's confronting a whole lot more than her own addiction - there's a killer on the loose and anyone could be next . . .



'Utterly compelling'

'A sly, contemporary crime masterpiece. I loved it'

'Intense, gripping, superb'

Atmospheric and addictive'

'Absolutely thrilling' ALEX MICHAELIDES, bestselling author of The Silent Patient

'A superior, creeping psychological thriller taut with tension and drama' SEATTLE TIMES

'Easily the creepiest setting...

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After enjoying Black Widows by Quinn I was excited to read more by her.
I went into this not knowing much of the synopsis, but I found myself gripped from the very beginning. With fast paced writing I flew through this. Not wanting to put it down.
Seeing how far Meg would go to find the truth about her sister.
This story is full of questionable characters. You don't know who to trust. Is anyone even telling the truth.
I found myself jumping between theories throughout. But was still surprised by the final reveals and twists.
The last 10% was packed with action that I worried the book would end unfinished. Thankfully it didn't.

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This was a great read, especially as it had me questioning who to trust. For me this helped build the suspense and tension throughout

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3.5 rounded up

Meg works at a casino in Los Angeles, her job to catch cheaters but it’s taken its toll with a work based injury leading to overuse of pill popping. Her sister, Haley Banks, is a famous actress and after one successful sting operation, Meg hears a news report of Haley’s death at a remote rehabilitation clinic. Later, rumours surface of the possibility that Haley commits suicide and so Meg realises the only way she can discover the truth is to check herself into the clinic. She becomes increasingly convinced that Haley has been murdered. The story is narrated by Meg which works well and by Cara Morse, the manager of the clinic. Whilst the information that Cara learns is useful to the investigation, her point of view is more bland than Megs - less personal involvement I guess.

I really like the premise of this latest novel from the talented Cate Quinn and this one is personal for her as she explains at the start. However, whilst there is much to praise I can’t get around the fact that it is slow to get going. Thankfully, the pace does pick up helped by the short sharp chapters and then it becomes a very gripping read. On occasion, it does feel like a surreal ride into crazy town due to the behaviour of some of the celebrity inmates and a very dodgy clinician in charge in Dr Lutz, there are very odd vibes and inevitably there are game players. It’s engrossing as emotions run wild and it becomes clear that it’s a wider deeper issue that what may or may not be going on at the clinic. It becomes quite shocking with some weird and disturbing incidents which are interspersed with Meg’s memories, disassociation and obvious trauma from the past.

It’s hard to like the characters although I do like Meg as she has guts and determination. Through Cara your suspicions are allowed to grow as what the manager thought she knew about her place of employment is blown out of the water. Lutz is central to this and I like the believable direction the author takes the plot.

So, all becomes very intriguing but then I feel as if the crazy train suffers a bit of a derailment with a wheel or two rolling off which is a disappointment after such a good build up. It seems to me to feel rushed and a bit far fetched. However, the storytelling overall has a lot of merit and so I’ve rounded my star rating up as I like what the author has tried to do here.

With thanks to NetGalley and especially to Orion Publishing Group for the much appreciated arc in return for an honest review.

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On a mission to find out what happened to her sister in rehab, Meg checks into the clinic to find out more, but can’t trust anyone until she finds her sister’s killer.

I loved the setting of the clinic, the rehab story, and there are lots of great characters - albeit they aren’t all likeable!

A great book with plenty of twists and turns. Despite being a bit far fetched at points I was still sucked in and enjoyed it all the same!

Thanks netgalley for the advance copy. Due for release in January 🌟

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It’s what you’d do in similar circumstances. When Meg’s sister Haley dies while attending an exclusive celebrity rehab clinic – leaving the family with unanswered questions amid their grief – Meg checks in to see if she can find out what happened. But this is a beautiful place for the beautiful people, and far away from the world of celebrity, leaving Meg more isolated than she could imagine. This is not just one sister trying to find justice for another, it’s a tale about addiction and mental health and discovering the truth. If you haven’t read Cate’s books before, I recommend starting with this, then turning to the equally brilliant Blood Sisters. Both have a dark charm that will have you glued to the page.

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Oh wow where do i start? I love a good psychological thriller and boy this did not disappoint. Loved it from the first page to the last. The twist and turns kept coming and kept me guessing until all was revealed. I would highly recommend this book. The author really dug deep and researched it well.
Many thanks to the author and netgalley for allowing me to read this book in exchange for a review. All opinions are my own.

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This was a bit of a slow start and had a lot of characters with a lot going on! That said, they're all given unique voices and original personalities so didn't end up too confusing. I loved the twists and the pave did pick up and once it got going, I was hooked! A really good spin on the whole "clinic/ instatution" thriller vibe

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This was great! I've read several clinic/institution themed books this year but didn't see the twists in this one coming...On a mission to find out what happened to her sister, hooked on tablets and booze she enters the clinic to find out more, but who can be trusted in this place? the sketchy owner with a hidden past? the doctor who seems to see too much but not intervene, or the other residents all here for their own rehab needs. A real page turner.

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