The Patient by Jane Shemilt #BookReview #ThePatient #PsychologicalThriller #Suspense #NetGalley @Janeshemilt @HarperFiction #onceuponatimebookreviews

Today I am reviewing on its publication day The Patient by Jane Shemilt, published by Harper Collins.


She is his doctor. He will be her downfall.

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.

An intriguing tale of vengeance, betrayal, obsession and over stepped boundaries, The Patient is the first book I have read from Jane Shemilt and what a great introduction to her work. I really liked this book and devoured it in one sitting.

The story pulled me in immediately and I was caught up in Rachel’s world. It gave me an uneasy feeling throughout and I had no idea how it would all unfold which I loved. There are so many psychological thrillers I have read where its intentions were made too early losing its thrill, so this was a welcomed refreshing change.

The characters are well developed and not all likeable which I really liked and they play out their roles well. The story is very well written, executed and its tension is off the charts! The twists are thrilling and round up the story well.

All in all The Patient is a very enjoyable and entertaining read and I look forward to reading more from Shemilt.

Thank you to Jane Shemilt, Harper Collins and Netgalley for allowing me to read an advance copy of The Patient, which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily

This review will be added to, Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Amazon Australia & Amazon US. I will also add to NetGalley, Apple Books, Kobo, Google Play and Barnes & Noble if available. As I am from Australia, I am unable to add to Amazon UK, but will post to Waterstones & Foyles if also available.


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Jane Shemilt is an internationally-acclaimed, best-selling author of psychological suspense novels. Her debut novel Daughter was a Richard and Judy pick, shortlisted for the Lucy Cavendish award and nominated for an Edgar award. It became the fastest selling debut of 2014. Her third novel, How Far We Fall, has been optioned for production as a TV drama by Twelve Town.

Jane’s stories are inspired by her background in psychology and medicine. She studied Psychology at London University before qualifying with honours from the Royal Free Hospital School of Medicine. She began writing while working as a GP, undertaking a diploma in Creative Writing then an M.A. also in Creative Writing, at Bath Spa University, gaining both with distinction.

Jane lives in Bristol with her husband Steve Gill – a Professor of Neurosurgery – where they brought up their five children. She is currently working on her fifth novel.



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