Alex Taylor wakes up tied to an operating table.
The man who stands over her isn’t a doctor.
The offer he makes her is utterly unspeakable.
But when Alex re-awakens, she’s unharmed – and no one believes her horrifying story.
Ostracised by her colleagues, her family and her partner, Alex begins to wonder if she really is losing her mind. And then she meets the next victim.
So compulsive you can’t stop reading. So chilling you won’t stop talking about it. A pitch-black and devastatingly original psychological thriller.
This is one of those novels that will scare any female reader to their very core, I would not recommend reading this before needing surgery any time soon as I just could not imagine having this in my head as I’m lying on an operating table…..
Liz Lawler wrote a book that is the very definition of the phrase “compelling thriller” as this psychologically tormented story line is woven with some complex and intriguing characters. The idea that you could be assaulted in one of the most horrifying ways possible only to have no one believe you essentially just continues the initial abuse on a psychological level. Lawler wrote her characters, settings and situations in such a realistic manner you can truly imagine the horror of being in Alex’s shoes.
As good as the plot is, somehow the ending is even better. It’s impossible to not question your sanity at least a few times throughout this book because just as you start to think you have a handle on where the author is taking you something comes out of left field shoving your understanding back to square one. It’s a very fast paced novel so you can easily blow through this in a few years uninterrupted particularly as the unpredictability of it will drive you to want answers.
Even though there are themes here any fan of mystery/suspense genres will find are similar to pretty much everything else in this genre you shouldn’t give it a pass because Lawler still has a way of gripping your attention with her chilling writing. Put yourself in Alex’s shoes, pretend that you woke up on the operating table and just immerse yourself in this story. I still feel my skin crawling from the creepiness of it.
Thank you to Netgalley and Bonnier Zaffre for allowing me to review this book.
*synopsis and pic from netgalley.com
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