House. Tree. Person.: A Novel of Suspense
House. Tree. Person. is an art therapy technique where you ask the patient to draw you a house, a tree, and a person and you use that information to determine what is going on inside their head. Ali has just gotten a job as a beautician at a psychiatric facility when a dead body is found across the street from her home. Things start to unravel pretty quickly as Ali discovers that things at this hospital aren’t quite what they appear to be. It is starting to feel to Ali like maybe the patients inside aren’t actually crazy, but maybe she is heading that way. She knows she needs to get to the truth before she goes insane.
This book was a little bit hard for me to follow, but maybe it is just so brilliant my small mind couldn’t grasp it. I eventually figured out what was going on, but didn’t thoroughly enjoy the ride. Some of the characters had the last name Boswell, and it’s kind of fun to see your last name in a book. When that’s the highlight for you, though, it’s not such a good sign.
The plot was okay, not a lot of depth to the characters outside of Ali. I found that to be a bit surprising since most of the story takes place in a psychiatric facility. The author doesn’t spend much time on the other characters. It felt like there was a lot of build-up to the climax, and then it just kind of fell flat. Nothing major happened–at least the way it was written made events come off as minor, and then everything just petered out at the end. Instead of a novel of suspense, it was really just like a novel. Like I said, maybe I was just too dense to get the feel for this book as it was intended. Maybe you’ll do better.