Author: Liz Lawler
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Format: Paperback 400 pages
Release Date: 24 January 2019 (kindle edition)
I read this book in ‘staves’ released daily via The Pigeonhole. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
Emily Jacobs, a nurse, is in hospital for a minor operation. When she wakes in the night, woozy with anaesthetic, she sees the doctor frantically trying to resuscitate the woman in the bed next to her. In the morning, she is told that she must have had a nightmare. The bed has been empty all along . . .
When Emily returns to work she discovers a bracelet that she believes belonged to the missing woman. Soon, she becomes convinced that her colleagues at the hospital are hiding a terrible secret.
What if she’s wrong? What if her own troubled past has affected her more than she knows?
But what if she’s right?
What else could they be capable of?
This book had a very shocking first few paragraphs and I always believe this ingredient is key for psychological thrillers to really grip me as a reader and make me invested in finding out what’s happened.
I felt so frustrated on behalf of the lead character Emily, it seems that no one believes her and instead go out of their way to make her feel even more crazy and detached from reality. It was a frustrating read, but at the same time intriguing from a readers perspective because you want to know why it is everyone seems to be colluding against her.
I was a little disappointed with the ending as I had high expectations that it was going to finish with a bang and that I was going to be really surprised but unfortunately I wasn’t. Having said that, everything is wrapped up nicely and there are no annoying sections which were left unexplained which is sometimes the case in psychological thrillers.
I thought the writing came across really solid, the author clearly knows her stuff when it comes to medical procedures that nurses would be expected to perform. Overall this was an enjoyable psychological thriller read and it kept me interested throughout.
About the Author
Liz Lawler had a 20-year career as a nurse before becoming a general manager of a five star hotel. She found it an easy transition as she used the same greeting to both patient and hotel guest ‘Good morning. did you sleep well?’ she loves books and all things bookish! If you have time, say hello to her on Twitter @AuthorLizLawler
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