Book Blurb

Ten years ago, James Owens was convicted of a murder he couldn’t remember committing. 

Now, finally released from the mental institution where he’s served his time, he is placed under house arrest in the sprawling family home he has inherited from his father.

Living in isolation, visited only by his therapist, parole officer, and supportive but controlling twin Janet, he at least has something resembling peace. But he is still haunted by hallucinations, nightmares, and bizarre memories which may or may not be real.

Strange sounds in the house, and objects which disappear or are mysteriously damaged all add to his fear that he is sliding into uncontrolled insanity again.

But is he? Or is his fragile mental state being manipulated by someone with a sinister agenda of their own?

When tragedy strikes, James must go on a journey that will force him to confront the past – and the haunted depths of his own tortured soul.

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The Patient is a psychological thriller that will keep you guessing. The story follows James, a man who supposedly killed someone and has been locked up in an institution for the last 10 years. He's being released on house arrest and must keep up with his therapist and his parole officer to remain in good standing. Easy-peasy. But James not only has to contend with living in his childhood home where his father used to beat him, and with his twin sister Janet showing up to take care of him, but he also has to contend with strange noises, nightmares, and memories that may or may not be real. Can James be trusted to be on his own? Will he have to return to the institution? Or worse, will he kill again?
I thought this was a really good story. It did frustrate me at times, but only because I was sure I knew what was going on (although maybe not why), and then I'd start to second-guess myself, and eventually, I felt like I was going a bit crazy while trying to piece things together. I even started to question... well, I don't want to say what some of my theories were in case that spoils things, but my mind was all over the place trying to decide what the actual truth was. 
I found Janet to be irksome. James seemed like a decent guy, but his back and forth drove me a bit mad. Brianna (the parole officer) and the doctor (whose name has slipped my mind right now) both came across as people who cares about James, and you were hoping they'd be able to help him get his life back on track. 
The plot is paced well, and the story is easy to get sucked into as you eagerly flip the pages and wonder just how it's all going to play out. It's definitely a wild ride. The characters are well-written. And the overall premise is thrilling and mind-boggling. I enjoyed it for what it was.
4 stars!

 Cole’s Bio  Cole Baxter loves writing psychological suspense thrillers. It’s all about that last reveal that he loves shocking readers with.

He grew up in New York, where there crime was all around. He decided to turn that into something positive with his fiction.

His stories will have you reading through the night—they are very addictive!

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