A different thriller of sorts where the psychologist was so many paranoid about every small thing that it was a wonder where he found the sanity to treat patients. But well he did. Till one day he found a stalker. He was Bryce the leading force behind the book, and someone wanted him dead.
My first book by author Lee Maguire saw me flipping through the pages really fast. The plot line was creepy. Bryce was followed everywhere, his home was broken into, his dog doused with perfume, his wife left him. He had problems galore. I liked parts of his characterization.
Then came my niggles, I didn’t like Bryce. I didn’t understand or connect with him. There were pages and pages of his thoughts which could be easily skipped. The emotions behind the words were missing. The writing flatlined, everything felt as it was told to me. This was a thriller which didn’t thrill me at all. The easiest metaphor I could give was a cola where the bubbles have fizzed out!!
I read this book with a hop, skip, and a jump and finished it in less than an hour. All my love was for the idea of the plot.
I downloaded the digital version of the book from Kindle Unlimited, and this is my journey into its pages, straight from the heart!!
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Lee Maguire has practiced as a psychotherapist, behavioral health consultant, and taught master’s and doctoral level psychology students. A focus of his clinical practice was clinical hypnosis. Lee resides in central Pennsylvania with his wife and basset hound.
Meet Bryce Davison, a gifted psychologist who can heal any troubled mind—except his own.
You see, Bryce’s life is falling apart. His marriage is crumbling. His insomnia brings only half-sleep and troubled dreams—visions of dark and buried memories he’d rather forget or ignore completely. And the new female patient in his psych ward just might be more trouble than he’s able to cope with.
…and now he has a stalker.
Somebody’s been watching Bryce for a long time. Somebody who knows his life inside and out—his fears, his regrets, his greatest longings and deepest despairs. Somebody with access to his most private places—his workplace, his home, his family…anywhere Bryce might have felt safe.
They do their dirty work in the shadows… and they want Bryce Davison dead.
So Bryce has got to get his life together. To save his patients. To save his family. To save his marriage…and his life.
Because no matter how close Bryce gets to the deadly truth, the enigmatic stalker is always closer than he thinks.
Publication Date: 22nd October 2018
Publisher: TCK Publishing
I always wonder, how much does a reader need to like the main character, or connect?
For me, I need something to connect with in the story either a great plot, or writing or main character
I’m going to ponder this now. Which thing is a book deal breaker if it’s bad.
To each his/her own
Jessica just posed another book related question like this. Guess what I’m going to blog about next week?
Will wait for your post
I wanted to join in on this convo- for me, if I don’t connect with the characters, I don’t like the book. If the plot is sort of slow or not too great, but the characters are amazing, then I’m still invested in the book.
Isn’t it interesting how we all interpret and read things differently? I love books. Lol
I agree. I too need something to pull me in ❤️we love books
I love books too, for that exact reason! We all find things we like, and don’t, and look for different things! It’s the best form of entertainment, especially the discussion!!
Thank you so much ❤️
Too bad this didn’t work out🙁
It was an okay read. Parts of it were good.
The book’s plot sounds interesting. Someone stalking a paranoid psychologist? Hell yeah.
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Thank you so much.
I am not a poet at all.
Oh, I see. Maybe you could ask your poet friends to participate, then?
Love this review. Sorry it wasnt what you’d hoped for, but I’m inspired by you! ❤
Aww you are a sweetheart ❤️😘
Sorry you didn’t love the book; I did love your cola metaphor.👏🏻
Hahaha… Maybe I was just missing Pepsi 😂😂
I need to like or care about the characters or it is just work
Exactly… Or the story better be damn exciting
Sounds intriguing and it only took an hour? Sorry it fell a little flat though! Lovely review as always!
Hahaha there were too many of his thoughts which actually didn’t go anywhere.. So I skim read
Well, I must say it is disappointing that you were unable to connect with the MC, because the cover is very attractive. I agree that a reader must connect with the main character in order to truly enjoy the story, but everyone is so different that one person may love a book while another may hate it. This could indeed lead to an interesting discussion… Thanks for sharing, Shalini. 🙂 🙂
Thank you Leslie♥️ I wanted something in the story to connect to
Nice review, Shalini. 🙂 A thriller which didn’t thrill …… well, hopefully your next read will be good.
Thank you Debjani. Yp the next 2 books thrilled… 😍
Ok, great. 🙂
Stalker books are always creepy.. I’d read one recently.. It’s so creepy to read they know everything about the characters..!
I liked your cola metaphor too…
Thank you… I miss Thumsup 😂😂
Hop, step, jump and then fell flat on your face… so sorry it didn’t work out lol
Wonderful review! It’s a shame this story didn’t manage to blow you away… And not many people like a flat coca cola in the first place. 😉
Great review, Shalini. Sorry to hear that this one didn’t check all the boxes for you. The premise did sound promising.
It was an okay read. Thank you Diana ❤️
Awww. That’s a pity it didn’t work out for you better . But I ended up laughing out loud with this line “psychologist was so many paranoid about every small thing that it was a wonder where he found the sanity to treat patients. ”
So thanks for the laugh! 😂
glad I made you 😂 That was my first thought.. My mind kept saying the whole time – Physician heal thyself 🤷♀️
And after all that paranoia, he ended up with a stalker. Oh the irony 😂