Today as a part of the blog tour I am sharing my review of Dr. Glass by Louise Worthington. This is the first book in the series and was just released on May 28, 2021.
Clinical psychologist Dr Emma-Jane Glass falls for her captor when the roles of client and therapist are reversed in a psychologically layered story of revenge and grief. Is it a case of Stockholm Syndrome, or something else?
When Dr Emma-Jane Glass’ interview on local radio is deemed to be sympathetic towards a mother’s actions to kill herself and young child, Drew Rogers hatches a plan to teach the psychologist a thing or two about being left behind as a spouse. Abducted and held captive in an empty property, Dr Glass swaps places in the psychologist’s chair.
Drew puts the motivation of his wife’s actions down to his extra-marital affairs, but then the sordid truth behind his family’s disappearance is revealed.
Hard-hitting and emotional, Dr Glass is the first novel in the Glass Minds Series from the author of Rachel’s Garden, The Entrepreneur, Willow Weeps and Rosie Shadow.
Series: Glass Minds #1
Author: Louise Worthington
Published: May 28, 2021
Reviewed By: Jessica
Dates Read: May 16-25, 2021
Jessica’s Rating: 3 stars
**Trigger Warnings: Suicide and Self Harm**
This is one messed up book (in a good way) and the main character is a psychologist! So if a psychologist can suffer from Stockholm Syndrome what chance do the rest of us have if faced with a kidnap situation!?!?!
There was a long build up for the characters before the kidnaping, so don’t go in expecting that to happen right away. Dr. Glass (Emma-Jane) is a psychologist and her friend Lucy is a nutritionist who just started her business. We get to see both of their services being rendered, with Lucy’s client being disturbed yet also entertaining in a different sort of way. We see how the two offices could be connected and benefit from each other.
Once the kidnapping occurs, the story really gets going. Everything Emma-Jane experiences feels real to the reader, that’s how descriptive Worthington is. Emma-Jane is tied up and can’t go anywhere and Worthington describes everything from the smells to body hair growing. What I found hard to believe is that a psychologist herself could succumb to Stockholm Syndrome with everything that was done to her. The variety of feelings Emma describes I found hard to swallow.
This is a very dark novel that is very descriptive and disturbing yet you cannot put it down: It is like a train wreck. Please don’t take the trigger warnings lightly, this novel will not be for everyone. As I was reading I was wondering how much more will Worthington put Dr. Glass through? This is a novel that brings both physical health and mental health to the forefront. This is a first in a series, so readers can come back for more with Dr. Glass once the next books are available.
About the Author:
Louise is the author of the psychological thrillers Rachel’s Garden, Willow Weeps, the Entrepreneur, and the horror novel, Rosie Shadow, book one in the Black Tongue Series.
Born in Cheshire, England, Louise studied literature at the University of Essex. As a teenager she read until the small hours, enjoying the darker worlds conjured by Stephen King and Daphne du Maurier.
When Louise isn’t reading or writing, you’ll most likely find her outside enjoying the Shropshire countryside with her husband or messing about with her daughter, and furry and feathered friends.
Today and I am helping to spread the word on Every Little Breath by Keri Beevis. This novel is a psychological thriller that was just published today! This looks to be one I need to read when I can!
How much could one phone call change your life?
‘Only you can save her. If she dies, it is your fault.’
When radio presenter, Casey Fallon, answers a call she assumes it is a prank. But then a woman’s body is discovered, and she finds herself up against a cruel and calculating killer who wants her to find his victims before they take their last breath.
Fifteen years ago, Casey was a key witness in the trial of serial killer, Steve Noakes, and her evidence helped put him behind bars for the murders of five women.
Someone remembers what happened that summer. Someone who is desperate for revenge. Someone who won’t stop until Casey has been punished.
‘You saved a life once. Can you do it again?’
The game is just beginning…
Number one bestselling author Keri Beevis is back with a breathtaking new psychological thriller which is simply too good to miss. It’s the perfect read for fans of authors like Clare Mackintosh, Cara Hunter, Paula Hawkins.
About the Author:
Keri Beevis is the internationally bestselling author of Dying To Tell and Deep Dark Secrets. Her new psychological thriller, Trust No One, was released November 2020.
Keri lives in Norfolk, England, with her two naughty kitties, Ellie and Lola, and a plentiful supply of red wine (her writing fuel). She loves Hitchcock movies, exploring creepy places, and gets extremely competitive in local pub quizzes. She is also a self-confessed klutz.[Top]
Author: Adrian McKinty
Published: July 9, 2019
Reviewed By: Jessica
Dates Read: April 1-10, 2021
Jessica’s Rating: 5 stars
It’s something parents do every morning: Rachel Klein drops her daughter at the bus stop and heads into her day. But a cell phone call from an unknown number changes everything: it’s a woman on the line, informing her that she has Kylie bound and gagged in her back seat, and the only way Rachel will see her again is to follow her instructions exactly: pay a ransom, and find another child to abduct. This is no ordinary kidnapping: the caller is a mother herself, whose son has been taken, and if Rachel doesn’t do as she’s told, the boy will die.
“You are not the first. And you will certainly not be the last.” Rachel is now part of The Chain, an unending and ingenious scheme that turns victims into criminals — and is making someone else very rich in the process. The rules are simple, the moral challenges impossible; find the money fast, find your victim, and then commit a horrible act you’d have thought yourself incapable of just twenty-four hours ago.
But what the masterminds behind The Chain know is that parents will do anything for their children. It turns out that kidnapping is only the beginning.
Single mother Rachel receives the call that no parent ever wants to receive. Her daughter Kylie has been kidnapped and they are now part of The Chain. To get Kylie back Rachel must pay a ransom… and then kidnap another child, thus continuing The Chain. If Rachel fails at any of this or if the next person she selects fails at any of this, Kylie will be killed. The person who has kidnapped Kylie is not playing games for she is a mother and her own son was also kidnapped. And one more thing: Rachel is a cancer survivor and it looks like her cancer is back. Will Rachel get the ransom and even more… will she kidnap someone else’s child to continue The Chain?
I was lured in from the beginning of this novel and found myself reading it at every moment I could. I had to know what was going to happen! The Chain is a very intense novel and I’m not even a parent!
This will not be a book for everyone, as some readers who are parents may not be able to handle this story. If you are a thriller lover as I am then I say DO READ THIS ONE! It was an original and unique story for me and though it does get a little less realistic towards the ending I was fully invested. This would make quite the movie and I would watch it!
The reader feels for Rachel and sees the change she goes through from disbelief in her situation to what she does later on in the story due to need. This novel shows how much one person can change so quickly when needed. The Chain is also a lesson in social media: Don’t put your whole life on Facebook!
During the novel one character that is math oriented mentions to another that books should not have more than 77 chapters. Lo and behold The Chain is made up of 77 chapters: PSYCH!!! The Chain is a complete story and for me everything tied up well.
As of now, The Chain is my top thriller of the year and my #2 read of the year. I cannot recommend this novel highly enough as this is the kind of book I love to read! The Chain is a club you definitely do not want to be initiated into!