top of page
Search
  • Terrie

Doctor Glass - a psychological thriller



Doctor Glass by Louise Worthington

Genre: Psychological Thriller

Published January 2021; 256 pages


Thanks to the publisher TCK Publishing for the complementary copy for review. The opinions are my own. I agreed to read this book because the premise sounded so interesting - a psychologist so focused on helping her patients and when she is abducted, she persists in thinking she can help the sociopath.


First Sentence: "Under the canopy of a sycamore tree, the world is a kinder place."


THE PLOT

Doctor Emma-Jane Glass and her best friend Lucy, a nutritionist, share office space as they meet with their various clients. Emma is a focused, almost obsessive therapist and particularly focuses on helping people through grief. Lucy is setting up her new office and has some uncertainties about her success and clients. We meet a few clients of each practice and get a glimpse of the friendship between the women.


Emma has written a very controversial article in support and understanding of women who kill their young children and often then take their own lives. She gets some unwanted attention and threatening letters and then is abducted by one of her patients. Even in her distress and fear she continues to try to help her abductor and even begins to feel sympathetic and .....wait, is that attraction?

MY THOUGHTS

I had some problems with this story, starting with the prologue. I have no idea what it meant or what it has to do with the story. Then, the first chapter. It took a long time to connect that with the rest of the story.


The characters are mostly damaged, unpleasant people with no redeeming qualities which isn't an automatic disqualifier for me, but..... I had mixed emotions about psychologist Emma-Jane, and maybe that's what the author intended. Strong woman or obsessive, helpful or damaged?


I found the side story of her friend Lucy and her obese client kind of unnecessary and unpleasant. Emma-Jane's client Drew is represented appropriately as a mentally ill person that sometimes I felt sorry for and sometimes I thought he should be locked up. Kat - well, a nasty piece of work that let jealousy get out of control. And I never really figured out AJs motivation for his actions or even why he was in the story. This is a dark book with little redeeming pleasure or joy or contentment or anything positive for any of the characters.


On the plus side, the author does put content warnings for suicide, self harm, and eating disorders on the front page, which are appropriate. I thought the descriptions of the countryside and people were well done. There is a certain level of suspense built up leading up to the abduction and curiosity about how that will resolve. Overall I have to say this book wasn't for me, but that's why there are so many readers in the world. It may be for you.



This book works for my Coyer Challenge #20/54






Welcome to Bookshelf Journeys.

It's my goal to provide real reviews of the books I read without totally rehashing every plot. I'll never spoil a story by giving away a plot twist! Hopefully you'll find one or two of interest and will discover a new book or author to add to YOUR TBR list.  Take a moment to explore, read a couple reviews, and let me know what you think.

                            TIPS

For your convenience, I use #hashtags in the reviews and when you click on one, you'll find more books with that theme. Hopefully you'll find it a helpful way to navigate the site and find books you'll enjoy. I've also recently added tags that will show up at the end of each review that serve the same purpose.

The review ratings are based on a 5 star  (1/2 stars sometimes) system with a 3 being an average read for me. I hope you find that helpful. Knowing, of course, that all opinions are just that - my opinion!  Let me know if you agree or disagree - I'd love to hear from you.

If you like what you see and want to keep up with me, subscribe below.  Happy Reading!

bottom of page