Book Review: Twisted by Andrew E. Kaufman

23614038Title: Twisted

Author: Andrew E. Kaufman

Genre: Psychological Thriller, Thriller

Age Group: Adult

Rating: 4 stars

Purchase: Amazon

Review copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

The psychologist with a troubled past…
Dr. Christopher Kellan spends his days at Loveland Psychiatric Hospital, overseeing a unit known as Alpha Twelve, home to the most deranged and psychotic killers imaginable. His newest patient, Donny Ray Smith, is accused of murdering ten young girls and making their bodies disappear. But during his first encounter with Donny, Christopher finds something else unsettling: the man looks familiar.
The killer with a secret…
Donny Ray knows things about Christopher—things he couldn’t have possibly learned at Loveland. As the psychologist delves deeper into the mysterious patient’s case, Christopher’s life whirls out of control. The contours of his mind are rapidly losing shape, and his grasp on reality is slipping even faster. Is he going mad, or is that what Donny Ray wants him to think?
The terror that binds them…
In this taut psychological thriller from Andrew E. Kaufman, bestselling author of The Lion, the Lamb, the Hunted, a tormented man must face his fear and enter the mind of a killer to find the truth…even if it costs him his sanity.

In Twisted, Dr. Christopher Kellan is devoted to helping his patients at Loveland Psychiatric Hospital, while trying to be a good family man. He oversees a unit known as Alpha Twelve, home to some of the most deranged killers. When his newest patient, Donny Ray Smith, accused of murdering at least ten young girls, appears, Christopher finds he looks startingly familiar. But how is that possible? He’s certain he never saw the man before. And then Donny starts talking to him, and not always the way a patient should. The serial killers knows Christopher’s secrets, and while the doctor’s life spirals out of control, Donny Ray grows more and more in control of the hospital. Unable to keep professional life and home life seperated any longer, Christopher finds his world unraveling, and soon grows wary of what’s real and what isn’t.

The book is scary because it’s realistic. Christopher’s fears of his mind unraveling, mixed with fears of his past, all sound genuine and realistic, and as a reader, you can’t help but feel sorry for them. And the way this world twists and turns, it’s no wonder Christopher grows paranoid. Before long, I couldn’t figure what was real and what wasn’t, anymore either. The book is weird like that, twisted like the title suggests, and for the most part, I had no clue what was going on, what was in the Dr.’s mind, and what wasn’t, and I too started to struggle with the boundaries of reality.

That’s what I enjoyed the most about the book. It kept me guessing for a while. I did predict the ending, but it was still pretty amazing. The characters are intriguing too, in particular Christopher, and the writing is haunting and compelling. Fans of psychological thrillers will devour this one.



  1. I loved this book! It was pretty twisted! The end really shocked me. I’m surprised you said you were able to predict it! Have you read any of his other books? He’s awesome!

    • No, I haven’t yet. I plan to, though. I did enjoy the book. Not sure why I could predict the ending, LOL. It just made sense to me it would end that way. 🙂

  2. Simona Krasnansky says

    I was not shocked by the ending, but what did leave a question mark was the serial killer. Did that even happen? Why the back story and the disappearance of inmates and employees. Just didn’t make sense as to how it pertains to the story with the ending.

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