Do No Harm
Lucy V Hay
Hello and welcome to my stop on the #BlogTour for Do No Harm by Lucy V Hay. Massive thanks goes to Anne Cater from Random Things Tours, Orenda Books and the author Lucy V Hay for the copy of this book to review.
"A dark, twisted read of obsession, revenge and murder"
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....
Chilling, dark and terrifying, Do No Harm is a taut psychological thriller and a study of obsession, with a killer twist that you will never see coming.
This is the authors second book and the first that I have read, so with all books like this I went into this with an open mind. What style of book will it be? Will I enjoy the plot lines? only time will tell...
This book was like a football match, a game of two halves. The first half was like no one wanted to attack too much and built from the back in a slow teasing way. When I say slow, not in a I want to give up on reading this but as each chapter went by you knew something was going to happen but it kept you waiting. The second half was like.. Crash, bang, wallop.. All out attack which kept going right to the end with twist after twist. At one point I could not trust any of the characters as the author dropped in little teasers for each of them that made your mind wonder. It was one of those books that you thought you had it all worked out around 3/4 of the way through and you were just waiting to congratulate yourself on jumping in the mind of the author, when she went and threw a curve ball. Then another, Then another and before you knew it you realised how wrong you were.. I really love books like this where you are so caught off guard it makes you sit up and the book dares you to put it down till you know everything.
The characters in this book were greatly written and I really liked all of them. As mentioned before you could not trust any of them, even to the point that I had even thought the main characters who were being terrorised were doing it to themselves. If you have children at school this book will make you question their teachers. Are they this friendly caring person who looks after your children or are they involved in some dark, twisted game of revenge and murder.
If you love thrillers like I do then I fully recommend this book to you. I thought it was cracking. If you find it slow to start with then please stick with it you will not be disappointed. This was my first Lucy V Hay book that I have read but it will not be the last.
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 staring 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...