"A clever cocktail of psychological thriller and supernatural horror." Kirkus
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., an ambitious young psychiatrist, chronicles the harrowing account of his time working at a dreary mental hospital in New England and his attempt to cure the facility's most difficult, profoundly dangerous case.
Originally admitted to the hospital as a child, the man has no known diagnosis. Every person who has attempted to treat him has been driven to madness or suicide.
Parker, brilliant and overconfident, takes it upon himself to discover what ails this mystery patient and finally cure him. But things quickly spiral out of control ...
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.
PRAISE FOR THE PATIENT:
"A stunning debut! DeWitt's The Patient is a thrilling, compulsive page-turner that will appeal to fans of F. Paul Wilson, Sarah Pinborough, and Alex Michaelides." Brian Keene, bestselling author and World Horror Grandmaster Award winner
"'Insidious evil' is such an overused term, but there is no other way to describe what prowls the hallways of this riveting novella. A compulsive read I devoured in one day. And the ending ... it still haunts me." F. Paul Wilson, New York Times bestselling creator of the Repairman Jack series
"The Patient is a fascinating and frightening read that comes at you like the monster under your bed." Reed Farrel Coleman, New York Times bestselling author
DeWitt's taut debut, a psychological thriller with horror elements, purports to be a manuscript that "was posted in several installments under the thread Why I Almost Quit Medicine' on... a now-defunct forum for medical professionals." Parker, a Yale medical school graduate recently hired as a psychiatrist at the underfunded Connecticut State Asylum, becomes fascinated with Joe, an isolated, long-term patient, whom no one has successfully diagnosed since he was committed as a child. Ignoring the advice of Nessie, a veteran nurse, as well as his superiors' instructions, the arrogant Parker delves into Joe's background and uncovers years of medical negligence at the asylum. When Nessie dies, the latest victim in a decades-long string of caregivers whose interactions with Joe induced deadly feelings of anger or self-harm, Parker seizes the chance to volunteer to treat Joe. Parker's brushes with the supernatural heighten the tension. Fans of Alex Michaelides's The Silent Patient will want to check this one out. \n