Book Review: The Patient by Jane Shemilt

“When Rachel meets Luc, the attraction is instant.
But she is a doctor, and he is her patient.
She gives him the drugs he needs – but in doing so, risks everything.
And when a secret is exposed, they’re both in the firing line.
Not all patients are telling the truth.

The book centres on Rachel – a 49 year old GP. She is bored in her marriage to a local school teacher, and her grown up librarian daughter doesn’t seem to want anything to do with her – and she feels peri menopausal and invisible. Having a central character the same(ish!) age as me was interesting.

Rachel’s first dealings with Luc are as a patient – after hours one evening at her surgery – but this is only a very small part of the storyline.

Luc and his glamourous wife Ophelia, and extended family, have moved to Salisbury (the cathedral – famous for the fact that Russian spies like to visit it – is almost a character in its own right!!) and Rachel and her family are invited to their housewarming party – and from there the storyline develops.

The plot twists and turns – in Salisbury and France – and you’re never quite sure whom to trust. I have to say that some of the twists I guessed – whilst others were a total shock – which gave me the right level of smugness whilst still enjoying the ride!

I really enjoyed the book and will definitely look out for more books by this author in the future.

The Patient is released next week, 28 April 2022. Many thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for my advanced review copy in exchange for an honest review.

Book Review: With This Kiss by Carrie Hope Fletcher

I’d heard of Carrie Hope Fletcher – as Tom from McFly’s sister! We then saw her in the title role of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s new musical – Cinderella – and she, and the show, were brilliant – and I started following her on social media. When she posted she had a new book coming out, I saw if I could get an advance review copy on NetGalley – and I could! Here’s the blurb:

If you knew how your love story ends, would you dare to begin?
From the outside, Lorelai is an ordinary young woman with a normal life. She loves reading, she works at the local cinema and she adores living with her best friend. But she carries a painful burden, something she’s kept hidden for years; whenever she kisses someone on the lips, she sees how they are going to die.
Lorelai has never known if she’s seeing what was always meant to be, or if her kiss is the thing that decides their destiny. And so, she hasn’t kissed anyone since she was eighteen.
Then she meets Grayson. Sweet, clever, funny Grayson. And for the first time in years she yearns for a man’s kiss. But she can’t…or can she? And if she does, should she try to intervene and change what she sees?
Spellbinding, magical and utterly original, With This Kiss is one love story you will never forget.

I liked Lorelai and her flatmate Joanie (who I pictured wearing Joanie Clothing at all times!) from the start – and the premise of the book was different and clever. However, I felt when starting it – and it lasted throughout – that this was aimed at younger readers. I even wondered if it was tagged as ‘Young Adult’ fiction – but it’s not. It’s very safe – there’s no sex, drugs and rock and roll in it – and I’d be happy with my tween kids reading it to be honest.

The relationship between Lorelai and her friends and family are also explored – and change significantly during the book.

It’s a nice book and an easy read, and you’re rooting for Lorelai – but for me it didn’t set the world alight. I think I need something a bit more gritty and ‘grown up’!