I’m chuffed to bits to be one of the bloggers today sharing my review for Do No Harm by L V Hay as part of the blog tour. Many thanks go to Anne Cater and Orenda Books for the opportunity.
Till death do us part…
After leaving her marriage to jealous, possessive oncologist Maxwell, Lily and her six-year-old son have a second chance at happiness with head teacher 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.
Lily and Sebastian are embarking on a new life together with Lily’s son Denny, they have everything to look forward to and are hoping for a happy and simple life. Maxwell, Lily’s ex husband isn’t too happy though, he believes Lily and Denny should still be with him and is bitterly jealous of Sebastian.
Maxwell and Sebastian are complete opposites. Maxwell is an oncologist at a private hospital, he has an expensive car and posh house and an ego to go with it. He’s also controlling and a bit of a philanderer. Sebastian on the other hand is more reliable, he’s head master of the local school where Lily is a teacher, he’s dependable and safe and Lily is looking forward to starting a new life with him and building a stable home for Denny.
Sounds like your average domestic noir, right? WRONG. Lucy Hay has mixed things up, shaken them about and if I were to describe reading Do No Harm then I’d have to say it’s like being in a washing machine at full spin then being thrown out and not having a clue who or where you are. Honestly this is one hell of a good read.
The story is told mostly from Lily and Sebastians point of view but we get to hear from an unidentified character at varied parts of the story and it’s here that you really get to see how disturbed and unhinged that character is. It’s seriously bone chilling yet addictive reading. To be fair though there wasn’t really any of the other characters I could trust, each one I had my doubts about and this really kept me on my toes.
Lucy Hay has created an absolute corker of a story in Do No Harm, it’s a cracking psychological thriller that really will keep you guessing. It’s twisted and terrifying with many surprises and so many times I wished I could tell the characters to watch their backs and not to trust anyone. I really got so engrossed in this story I felt like I was part of it, it was almost like watching a story unfold from behind a glass mirror, I could see them but they couldn’t see me and it was so frustrating at times, in a good way though.
As you can probably tell I loved this book and have no hesitations in recommending it. I’m really excited to see what Lucy Hay will come up with next and hopefully we wont have too long to wait.
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.