Published by Simon and Schuster on May 26, 2022
Narrator: Lucy Paterson, Sarah Feathers, Jane Collingwood
Length: 10hrs 48min
Genres: Fiction / Thrillers / Political
Source: Compulsive Readers
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MY CHILD HAS BEEN TAKEN.
AND I’VE BEEN GIVEN A CHOICE . . .
KILL A PATIENT ON THE OPERATING TABLE
OR LOSE MY SON FOREVER.
The man lies on the table in front of me.
As a surgeon, it’s my job to save him.
As a mother, I know I must kill him.
You might think that I’m a monster.
But there really is only one choice.
I must get away with murder.
Or I will never see my son again.
I’VE SAVED MANY LIVES.
WOULD YOU TRUST ME WITH YOURS?
I received this book for free from Compulsive Readers in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
When this released last year it was absolutely EVERYWHERE on social media, to the point that it actually put me off reading it. I couldn’t believe it could possibly live up to all of the hype.
In January, I decided to give it a go. My friend wanted to read it and as we buddy read so many books I had real FOMO. Just after starting it I found out that I needed to have major surgery, at this point I did question my sanity in reading it. Did I really want to read about how easy it is to kill someone on the operating table in the knowledge that I’d soon be under the surgeons knife? I decided to plough ahead but give up if I felt it was getting too much for me (FOMO is a real thing and leads me to make stupid decisions).
I continued with trepidation and I’m so glad I did. I really enjoyed this book! I had absolutely no idea where it was going to go.
At the centre of this book are three different women, three mum’s who are in very different situations trying to navigate their way through life. In all honesty, I hadn’t actually noticed how they were linked by their relationships as mothers until I saw an interview with Jack Jordan (more details of this are available on my Instagram).
Anna is a heart surgeon, she returns home from work to find that her son has been kidnapped and if she wants to get him back then she must kill a VIP who is she is operating on. I had assumed that this would take up the majority of the book, but she actually makes her decision and takes action very early on in the book and the majority of the novel actually concentrates on the aftermath of what she does.
Margot is a nurse during Anna’s surgery. She hasn’t had a great start to life and is struggling to make ends meet. She makes some dodgy decisions which affect both her life and Anna’s life. These two women are forced into making an alliance which have dramatic repercussions which I really didn’t expect.
Finally we have Rachel, a police officer investigating the murder of an elderly woman with no enemies. A woman who appears to have been looking after Anna’s child when she was killed. Rachel has previously lost her own child, now she’s wondering where Anna’s child is. She’s convinced he’s missing, but nobody has reported him missing and her superiors believe it’s all in her head.
This was so good. Although he’s wrote a number of books I hadn’t actually heard of Jack Jordan before this was released. Now, I’m eagerly awaiting his new novel, Conviction, which comes out in June.