Today I am beyond thrilled to bring you my review of Do No Harm, partly because it is an amazing book and partly because I have the honour of being on the final day of the blog tour. Many thanks to Orenda Books and Anne Cater for letting me be part of this tour and sending me a copy of the book for review. And now, onto the really important part, what did I think………
Blurb: If I can’t have you … nobody can.
After leaving her marriage to jealous, possessive oncologist Maxwell, Lily and her six-year-old son have a second chance at happiness with headteacher Sebastian. Kind but vulnerable, Sebastian is the polar opposite of Maxwell, and the perfect match for Lily. After a whirlwind romance, they marry, and that’s when things start to go wrong… Maxwell returns to the scene, determined to win back his family, and events soon spiral out of control. Lily and Sebastian find themselves not only fighting for their relationship, but also their lives…
My Review: I’m not sure where to start with this review. The book opens with Lily and Sebastian getting married and Maxwell, Lily’s ex, showing how unwilling he is to truly let go of Lily and her son. From there on things happen that are not normal but equally hard to explain and then it gets even worse.
I started this book one night and had to forcibly put it down so that I could go to bed. I’m not one for staying up all night reading but this book brought me close to doing that! However the next day, despite having things to do, I decided to start reading again at breakfast and could not put it down. All my plans went out the window and I spent the whole morning reading. It was as if nothing else mattered but finishing this book. Every chapter, every section of the book brought more events and more questions. I did reach a point where everything became clear, but even that brought more questions than answers.
The characters and their actions and reactions are described really well. The author wrote in such a way that I felt I knew the characters even though I had barely met them. Right from the beginning there is a thread that runs through the story and you don’t see it until the end, it’s there and with hindsight you can see it but while you’re reading you don’t notice it. That is why this book is so good. It is really good in itself, in what it appears to be but then you find out what it really is and it just blows your mind. I’d love to ask the author where she gets these ideas from because they are dark and twisted and fabulous!
There are a lot of psychological thrillers out there and so many books that talk about a twist you didn’t expect so you may have doubts about this book but don’t. This book stands above many of the others and the twist is genuinely unexpected. It is, in my opinion, a very overused phrase but for this book it is entirely appropriate. If you only buy one more psychological thriller this year, make it this one. I doubt you’ll be disappointed.
About the author:
Lucy V. Hay is a novelist, script editor and blogger who helps writers via her Bang2write consultancy. She is the associate producer of Brit Thrillers Deviation (2012) and Assassin (2015), both starring Danny Dyer. Lucy is also head reader for the London Screenwriters’ Festival and has written two non-fiction books, Writing & Selling Thriller Screenplays, plus its follow-up Drama Screenplays. Her critically acclaimed debut thriller The Other Twin was published in 2017. She lives in Devon with her husband, three children, six cats and five African Land Snails.