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The Doctor: A gripping crime thriller from the international bestseller Kindle Edition
‘I was gripped immediately’ Katerina Diamond, Sunday Times bestseller
How much do you know about the couple next door?
When Emily and Ben move in next door to Dr Burman and his wife Alisha, they are keen to get to know their new neighbours. Outgoing and sociable, Emily tries to befriend the doctor’s wife, but Alisha is strangely subdued, barely leaving the house, and terrified of answering the phone.
When Emily goes missing a few weeks later, Ben is plunged into a panic. His wife has left him a note, but can she really have abandoned him for another man? Or has Emily’s curiosity about the couple next door led her straight into danger?
A gripping, sinister thriller with a twist you won’t see coming from the international bestseller Lisa Stone.
Praise for Lisa Stone
‘This is a cracking good read that had me hooked from the beginning until the end. Full of murders, spiritualistic intrigue and just a hint of romance. It is quick paced, extremely thought provoking and full of twists and turns. I didn't want to put this book down.’ Amazon reviewer
‘Fantastic book, couldn’t turn the pages quickly enough!’ Amazon reviewer
‘A well-written and extremely addictive novel that will stick in your head long after putting it down.’ Amazon reviewer
‘I flew through The Darkness Within; it maintained a dark and gritty atmosphere whilst covering some rather disturbing subject matters. But despite there being some very emotive and hard to read scenes described, I raced through the pages desperate to know how it would end and I certainly wasn’t disappointed.’ Goodreads reviewer
‘A unique plot and storyline – I enjoyed the book immensely. It really makes you think.’ Goodreads reviewer
‘What a powerful novel. I have read all of most of Cathy Glass’s books and here she is writing under a new name Lisa Stone. I love the fact she has branched into crime thriller and I think she has done it really well.’ Goodreads reviewer
‘I really enjoyed this. Interesting and captivating story line, great characters and easy to read – not the subject matter which is difficult, dark and pretty violent, but the style of writing. A gripping thriller.’ Goodreads reviewer
‘The Darkness Within is certainly a dark and gripping read and one that will win over new fans as well as old.’ Goodreads reviewer--This text refers to the paperback edition.
A gripping crime thriller from the international bestseller--This text refers to the paperback edition.
- ASIN : B07MVQXKJK
- Publisher : Avon (24 Jun. 2019)
- Language : English
- File size : 1319 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 269 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 5,945 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 4 January 2022
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This individual, Dr Amit Burman, belongs to a group whose ultimate objective is to achieve immortality- to be frozen, soon after death and brought back to life years later when progress has been made to cure illness and disease. To this end Burman uses pets to practice on with the intention of moving onto humans as his experiments progress.
The fact that the whole book involves cruelty towards a severely disabled, deformed child and the author expects readers to enjoy this is unbelievable and frankly insulting. That’s aside from the physical abuse metered out by the crackpot, Burman, on his wife.
I’m astounded that anyone could find the storyline appealing. As well as being utterly distasteful, the plot just goes on and on and on and on........I got to halfway and couldn’t believe that there was another half of this drivel to plough through.
The book is chilling but only as a reminder that some people can only achieve by sensationalism and shock.
Garbage. Very bad idea and boring to the point of inducing sleep- that’s after you’ve thrown up.
However, this is not the worst thing about this book. There are some nasty bits of domestic violence and abuse, along with detailed descriptions of animals being killed. None of which are necessary to advance the (threadbare) plot.
I gave up reading this at 32% when the vile protagonist was attempting to steal a patient from a hospital to practice his technique - it was so far-fetched that I just couldn't go on.
I was amazed that the author was described as an "international bestseller", so I did some research. This led me to discover that she has written a lot of books under a different name, and on completely different subject matter. If that is where the "international bestseller" tag comes from, then it in disingenuous to say the least.
Honestly, don't bother. You'd get more out of reading the ingredients list on a cereal packet.
This utterly preposterous novel parts company with any sense of realism very early on and never bothers to try and close the gap. Characterisation is basic at best - we know just what we need to move a scene along - and any sense of suspense is quickly wiped out by dialogue that is perfunctory, if not humorous, making everyone sound like they’re characters in some long-forgotten sit-com. Mostly taking place in two houses and an outhouse converted into a functional medical laboratory (yes, you read that correctly), this doesn’t have any sense of place and even when another key location is introduced, it completely ignores security procedures most of us are very familiar with. The Doctor of the title is an anaesthetist because his parents wanted him to go into the medical profession but he had neither the skill nor dedication to train and that role, apparently, is the lowest rung of the professional ladder (I can’t imagine this is going to get a recommendation from the British Anaesthesia Association). This, however, doesn’t stop him (and I’m not giving away spoilers, this is discussed openly within the first handful of chapters) from not only discovering a medical procedure that has defied doctors and scientists for centuries but also performing organ transplants in his shed. To be fair, his character did at least bring some levity to the dreary writing, since one of his eyes glows (no idea how that works) and at one point he “grins fiendishly” - I wish he’d had a moustache, he could have theatrically twirled the ends of it at that point. Please don’t get the impression that this is a harkback to the pulpy novels of the 70s - or any fun at all, really - because it takes itself far too seriously for that (see the book club questions at the end) and the less said about the “twist you won’t see coming” promised on the blurb the better - if you didn’t see it coming, you hadn’t wasted a few hours reading to get to that point.
Bland, unlikely, extremely unrealistic and populated by cardboard characters who forget what they’ve told each other within pages (don’t worry, they recap one another often), it’s difficult to know how anyone could recommend this. I certainly won’t.