Today it is back to mandie who, as part of our Year of Orenda, has a review of Lucy V Hay’s Do No Harm. You can read my thoughts on the book right here, but do read on for Mandie’s thoughts and more about the book.
About the Book
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After leaving her marriage to jealous, possessive oncologist Maxwell, Lily and her six-year-old son have a second chance at happiness with headteacher Sebastian. Kind but vulnerable, Sebastian is the polar opposite of Maxwell, and the perfect match for Lily. After a whirlwind romance, they marry, and that’s when things start to go wrong…
Maxwell returns to the scene, determined to win back his family, and events soon spiral out of control. Lily and Sebastian find themselves not only fighting for their relationship, but also their lives…
Chilling, dark and terrifying, Do No Harm is a taut psychological thriller and a study of obsession, from one of the most exciting new voices in crime fiction.
Like some of you, I have been in a bit of a reading slump but there was clearly something about this book that grabbed my attention as I devoured it in 2 days. The book opens with Lily about to embark on her new life with soon to be husband Sebastian with only the arrival of her ex husband Maxwell at the wedding possibly putting a bit of a downer on the whole day. What follows is not what I expected at all.
Sebastian and Lily seem so well suited and on the same page with regards to looking after her son and dealing with her ex. The only potential sticking point between them is Lily’s best friend Triss, who seems to be around a lot and not giving the newlyweds some of the space they may need. On the face of it, Sebastian accepts her presence, but you can sense that she is not always as welcome as he lets her believe. With the added pressures from Lily’s ex Maxwell and Sebastian’s mother Fran, neither of who are overly happy about the marriage but for very different reasons, cracks begin to appear between the once happy couple. By the end of it Lily is not sure who she can trust anymore.
What kept me turning page after page was the engaging characters that had enough depth to them that you could believe that you might know someone just like them. I like books like this as they get you invested in both the story and the outcome. The only truly unforgivable thing in this whole story is how Lily’s son Dennis got caught up in the middle of all the manipulations and events, often used as a pawn in the mind games of more than one adult. The story itself had me guessing right to the very end as to who was behind everything and why. Just as I thought I knew, and even understood their motives, Lucy managed to pull the proverbial rug from under me and I was back to square one. With chapters being told from different perspectives, you are sometimes left wondering if what you are reading is the truth or just a version of it, all of which adds to the build up to the end.
This is one hell of a cracking read and if you are a fan of domestic thrillers then it should be on your list of must read books. It is the first book I have read by Lucy V Hay but if this is anything to go by then I will be heading for more very soon.
About the Author
Lucy V. Hay is a novelist, script editor and blogger who helps writers via her Bang2write consultancy. She is the associate producer of Brit Thrillers Deviation (2012) and Assassin (2015), both starring Danny Dyer. Lucy is also head reader for the London Screenwriters’ Festival and has written two non-fiction books, Writing & Selling Thriller Screenplays, plus its follow-up Drama Screenplays. Her critically acclaimed debut thriller The Other Twin was published in 2017. She lives in Devon with her husband, three children, six cats and five African Land Snails.
Books by L.V. Hay