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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 couldn’t turn the pages fast enough as I was reading this book. L. V. Hay takes the reader on a whirlwind of a ride in her latest novel; there are so many twists and turns and the characters will really get under your skin. I was excited to read this book from the moment I saw the cover. I enjoyed her previous novel The Other Twin but in my opinion I think Do No Harm is even better.
From the start of the novel, L.V. Hay gets the intrigue going. Her two protagonists, Lily and Sebastian are tying the knot and Lily is looking forward to starting the rest of her life and forgetting about the troubles she has had with her ex-husband, Maxwell. But someone is watching the proceedings with a keen eye and you get the sense of dread that Lily and Sebastian’s marriage isn’t going to be plain sailing. Something bad is going to happen.
Do No Harm is highly addictive. I think it is a story that would make an excellent television drama. Lucy Hay has created some really disturbing characters in her latest book. I could never quite be sure who was telling the truth and when the final revelations came at the end, I was just sitting there with my eyes widening as I read the final words on the page. At the centre of everything that is going on in the plot are Lily and her son Denny. Denny, of course, is the innocent bystander, caught up in his parents failed marriage. The tension heightens between Lily and her ex Maxwell, particularly over Denny. I could understand Maxwell’s point of view at the beginning of the novel and how angry he must be feeling towards Sebastian, who is now Denny’s step-dad. But as the story moved forward I began to take a dislike to him and I felt for Lily who had to deal with this new situation. I wondered if her relationship with Sebastian was ever going to work because of this.
There were several occasions where I thought I knew where the plot was going but Lucy turned the story on its head. As I got to the end I kept saying to myself in my head “no, no, no!” I couldn’t believe how things were changing for Lucy’s characters. You do become invested in their lives and I really cared about what was going to happen to Lily and Sebastian.
Do No Harm is an excellent, character driven psychological thriller that I highly recommend. Thank you to Anne Cater at Random Things Tours for inviting me to take part in the blog tour and to Karen Sullivan at Orenda Books for sending me a copy of the book to review.
Publisher: Orenda Books
Publication date: 30th June 2018
Print length: 300 pages
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