Review – The Blind by A. F. Brady

My Rating: ⭐ ⭐ ⭐


51PXXZ5KGlLEvery morning, psychiatrist Sam James gets up at six forty-five. She has a shower, drinks a cup of coffee, then puts on her make-up.

She ignores the empty bottles piling up by her door.

On this particular morning, Sam is informed of a new patient’s arrival at Manhattan’s most notorious institution. Reputed to be deranged and dangerous, Richard is just the kind of impossible case Sam has built her reputation on. She is certain that she is the right doctor to treat such a difficult patient.

But then Sam meets Richard. And Richard seems totally sane.

Let the mind games begin.


Sam is an unusual character. She is a functioning alcoholic, slowly spiralling out of control when it comes to both her work and personal life. She has dysfunctional relationships and needs constant reassurance from the men in her life. She definitely prefers men as friends, although she does like to keep Rachel (her boss) on side.

It is pretty ironic how Sam works as a doctor in mental health when she clearly has issues herself.  Other characters are starting to pick up on this.  Will her problems jeopardise her career?!

Sam has taken on a new case, a man named Richard.  Now, Richard comes across as pretty cocky.  He sits in their sessions reading newspaper after newspaper, virtually mute, refusing to answer any personal questions.  His character most certainly doesn’t have any mental health issues (he was self admitted) and Sam is trying pretty darn hard to get to the bottom of who he is.  To begin with I was constantly second-guessing where this relationship was going to lead to, and how Richard will impact Sam’s life, if at all.

Brady uses mental health as a central theme, which is a subject she hasn’t taken lightly. You can tell she is a professional in the industry and uses her knowledge and past experiences to create a very unique, detailed, mind-opening novel about illnesses that people face daily.

The book is structured well and can be quite humorous in parts which is necessary, otherwise it would be a pretty depressing read.  Brady’s writing is fluid and powerful, although the plot can be quite lacking in parts.  Plus you can see the end coming as well which is a shame.   This is the reason being why I have only given it three stars.  It is interesting though to see a different take on a novel about mental illness, seeing as this is a modern day problem.

The Blind is a piece of fiction where a reading group would have many paths to explore and a lot to discuss.  I wouldn’t really class it as fast-paced, or a thriller, it is just its own little book with its own little mind.

Thank you to HQ Stories and Netgalley for this alternative read.  You can buy it now on e-reader and hard copies will be available from 5th October.

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