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Reviewed by Pikasho Deka for Readers' Favorite
The Alter Prey is a psychological drama thriller written by Frederick Mulae. Psychologist and hypnotherapist Stuart Ryder unwittingly triggers traumatic childhood memories of his own while performing age regression therapy on a patient. Plagued by nightmares and short-term amnesia, Stuart is horrified to discover that his alternate persona, Paolo, has returned once again and exerts control over his mind and body at the most inopportune times. To Stuart's horror, Paolo commits a violent sexual assault on an unassuming woman and rapes and murders another. He quickly confesses his crimes to his therapist and the police. As his friends and lawyers build his case, Stuart remembers buried childhood memories of devastating consequences that gave birth to Paolo. Can he rid himself of his past and Paolo and lead a happy life with his soulmate Robbie Roberts?
The Alter Prey is a dark psychological thriller that reminds you of the hit 90s Hollywood movie Fight Club. Author Frederick Mulae's take on Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) feels accurate and authentic. Mulae takes a nuanced approach to a sensitive subject on how people suffering from DID can fall victim to their alternate personas' actions. The narrative is well-paced, and you get an unfiltered glimpse of the psyche of Stuart and his alternate persona, Paolo. The differences between the two couldn't be starker, and their switching personalities make for a riveting character study. I also enjoyed Stuart's relationships with Robbie and his therapist Zoltan Kovacs. If you're into psychological thrillers, you'll love The Alter Prey.