Blog Tour stop for this dark, seductive and chilling read that gets under your skin.
"The most dangerous people are the ones we trust the most.. "
Beth lives in the tree-shrouded no-man’s land by Camden with her partner Sol and their daughter Fern.
Life is peaceful, but Beth is troubled by increasing unease.
It could be the uncertainty of her mother, who disappeared when Beth was a child.
Or it could be the sense that Fern is keeping secrets from her.
So she goes to therapy.
Dr Tamara Bywater is there to help her patients. But what if the very person who is meant to be the solution becomes the most dangerous problem of all?
And why is what’s bad for us so enticing?
This is my first read my this author and I was drawn in and obsessed from the get go!
Beth an artist, lives with her husband, Sol, and her thirteen year old daughter, Fern in a Beautiful home next to Camden Lock.
Beth's mother left when she was only thirteen herself this left Beth with many issues grief, abadoment and trust all at odds with each other and all seems to hightened now that her own daughter Ferm has reached the same age.
The trauma of the past effects her enough that her husband suggest that perhaps she should seek some therapy? talk out the problems?
Here we meet Dr Tamara Bywater elusive yet charming overly so and soon Beth is not only questioning everything and changing she seems to slowly be effected by this new Doctor patient relationship in ways that are not safe in her vunerable state. Just what is the Doctors end game? Why do her own colleges question her practice? and who in the end is looking out for Beth?
This was such a chilling and gritty read I was captivated by the story and just had to know what Tamara's game was from the start something just felt off with her? and the story of their relationship and the constant question of crossing the line, where patient doctor ends, friendship and then more is.
To any that know psychology and therapy part of this is transferance a key componant that alters the state of a therapy relationship one that trained proffessionsal look out for and treat and work around but for Tamara it was almost played and toyed with like a game for her.
I can say no more as a spoiler free blog but the events in this read chilling and captivated me, I felt nothing but empathy for Beth for her past trauma and the situation she finds herself in now, yet as her relationship with Tamra played out I was absolutley gripped.
Joanna Briscoe is the author of five previous novels, including the bestselling Sleep With Me, which was adapted for ITV by Andrew Davies.
She has been a columnist for the Independent and the Guardian, is a literary critic for the Guardian, and broadcasts regularly on Radio 4.
Thank you to the Publisher and Author for sending me an Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) of this novel and for the opportunity to review these works.
All reviews are my own unbiased opinion.