28 March 2023

The Good Patient by @AlexStoneAuthor Blog Tour! @alexstoneauthor @AlexStoneAuthor


Appearances can be deceptive...

I was taught that life is pain. That love is pain. It was unavoidable. Acceptable. I never had anything, or anyone I could count on. Not really. Not even myself.

Until I met Dr Menon...

To the outside world Lauren Taylor’s relationship with her boyfriend Josh is perfect. He is supportive and loving and has been there for Lauren during her darkest moments. But behind closed doors, secrets and lies can be hidden…

And when Lauren wakes up in a hospital bed and is told Josh is missing, those secrets come bubbling up to the surface.

Because the police think Lauren knows exactly what’s happened to Josh; that she could even be capable of his murder…

The only person who believes in Lauren's innocence is Dr Menon, who has cared for Lauren as his patient for the last few weeks. He can't believe she's capable of murder.  He knows just how good she really is.

Isn’t she? 

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Alex Stone, originally an accountant from the West Midlands, is now a psychological suspense writer based in Dorset. This beautiful and dramatic coastline is the inspiration and setting for her novels. She was awarded the Katie Fforde Bursary in 2019 and her debut thriller The Perfect Daughter was published by  Boldwood in October 2021.

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My Thoughts

The Good Patient by Alex Stone is about a woman, Lauren, whose story is really sad. She had a mother that had Lauren in and out of hospitals most of her childhood. This became the norm for her, then the police and social services got involved. They think that she has been hurting herself.

Lauren has a childhood sweetheart, whose family has helped her through the traumatic times in her childhood, took her in until Lauren and Josh purchased a house and moved out. Things seemed to go on fine until, Lauren started going back to the hospital with injuries. How was she getting those injuries? Things become clear later in the book.

While recovering from one of her injuries, her doctor Dr.Menon, becomes a friend that she can confide in. She had been in a jet ski accident and almost drowned, come to find out, the engine on the jet ski had been tampered with and Josh has disappeared.  

Prior to the accident, Lauren had asked Josh to move out, she had had enough of his abuse. No one believes that her 'injuries' came from Josh, except Dr.Abilash Menon.

They become close and fall in love, but it can't work out because Dr.Menon is from India and intends to move back and will be in an arranged marriage. 

Josh comes back into the picture and things go sideways, Dr.Menon's roommate Nick is concerned for Lauren's welfare and a fight ensues.

The story is told in two timelines, Then and Now, in the Then the reader learns more about Lauren's mother and the relationship with Josh. The Now tells the story of Lauren's relationship with Dr.Menon. A kind of twisty story, I had it all figured out, or I thought I did. Come to find out I was way off base on who did what. I love a good psychological and love when the story gets all twisty like this one did.

I did enjoy this story, I think I want to read more by Alex Stone!

I give it 4 stars!

I received a copy of the book for review purposes only.

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