A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
A look at life in a psych ward, where doctors try different therapies. In an author's note, James Patterson includes a list of mental health resources.
With compassion and caring, mental health patients may find solutions to their predicaments.
Positive Role Models
Hannah is a person in a lot of pain, who doesn't understand who she is or where she belongs. She harbors lots of secrets, hiding information even from herself.
Hannah reads as White, Jordan as Middle Eastern. Other characters are Black and Latino.
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Violence & Scariness
This novel doesn't hold back on scariness of some forms of mental illness. One character commits suicide. Others talk about it or harm themselves. Hannah is beaten and threatened with rape.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Hannah Doe has a lover, with whom she sneaks off into the woods for sex. Later, she has a nonconsensual relationship with an older man.
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Plenty of swearing: "hell" and "damn" often," "f--k" a few times.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Supporting characters have histories of substance abuse.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Girl in the Castle, by James Patterson and his collaborator Emily Raymond is a thriller about a mental patient in two timelines. Hannah Doe lives in the present day, while Hannah Dory seems to exist in 1397. Intense scenes in both past and present, with plenty of swearing (from "hell" to "f--k"), violence (including threatened sexual assault), and sex between consenting adults.
Is It Any Good?
Time travel is a potent element to add to a thriller, and this psychological mystery pulls it off. Co-authors James Patterson and Emily Raymond wring the maximum amount of suspense out of their haunting scenario in The Girl in the Castle. Hannah is a powerful main character -- in whichever time frame she finds herself. The ending comes with plenty of surprises.
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