Do No Harm by L V Hay Orenda Books August 31st 2018
Till death do us part…
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, from one of the most exciting new voices in crime fiction.
I have heard nothing put positives about the novels of L V Hay so I was delighted to be invited to participate in the blogtour.
Now, if you know my blog you will know that I do like a good twisty thriller, and Do No Harm certainly filled that brief.
Many divorces are acrimonious and Lily’s was no exception, except you don’t expect relations to plummet to the depths in Do No Harm. As Hay pulled me into Lily’s world, I sensed her fear not only for herself but also for her son Denny, as her start to married life slowly unfurled in front of her. I loved her steely determination as she tried to protect her son Denny, yet could feel her utter frustration and despair as what she thought was Maxwell’s efforts to ruin her intensified.
As in all good psychological thrillers, Hay led me down one avenue before abruptly turning sharply and leading me down another. Little clues and hints were cleverly dropped into the narrative, as I discovered more about Sebastian and his mother’s past, and I tentatively began to see connections and possible motives in all of the characters.
What Hay did, very cleverly, was sow deeds of doubt into my mind, and make me question just who I could and could not believe. The characters were wonderfully multi dimensional, their secrets hidden, until an event forced them up to the surface. I felt dreadfully sorry for Lily as she attempted to make sense of all that was happening around her and felt myself willing her on to survive and emerge intact at the end. If Lily’s head was in a spin, then so was mine and at one point I had to pause and take a deep breath before I once more steeped into the fray.
The narrative was fast and furious, the tension palpable as I raced through the pages desperate to discover the ending. And oh my, what an ending. I was totally unprepared and did not expect the twist Hay spun in at the last minute and I would be very surprised if many people who read Do No Harm actually work it out.
If you are looking for a twisty, fast paced thriller for your summer holidays then I would highly recommend Do No Harm, although you may just become a little bit antisocial as you become immersed in its pages.
I would like to thank Orenda Books for a copy of Do No Harm to read and review and to Anne Cater for inviting My Bookish Blogspot to participate in the blogtour.
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 starring 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. She lives in Devon with her husband, three children, six cats and five African Land Snails.
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