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Book Review: Sometimes People Die by Simon Stephenson @BoroughPress @midaspr #SometimesPeopleDie

“The year is 1999. Returning to practice after a suspension for stealing opioids, a young Scottish doctor takes the only job he can find: a post as a senior house officer in the struggling east London hospital of St Luke’s.
Amid the maelstrom of sick patients, over-worked staff and underfunded wards a darker secret soon declares itself: too many patients are dying.
Which of the medical professionals our protagonist has encountered is behind the murders? And can our unnamed narrator’s version of the events be trusted?”

Today is publication day for Sometimes People Die by Simon Stephenson and I’m pleased to be sharing my review as part of the blog tour. Massive thanks to he Borough Press and Sofia at Midas PR.

The year is 1999 and our unnamed protagonist is heading back to work after being suspended for stealing opioids. The only job he can get though is in the struggling East End of London hospital, St Luke’s. Understaffed and with everyone overworked sometimes people die but at St Luke’s there seems to be maybe too many people dying.

Being totally honest I did struggle with this book at the beginning, there was a lot of medical talk and yes I know it’s based in a hospital about a practising Dr but I was being impatient and really wanted to get into the plot. I do however appreciate the beginning now after finishing the book, it was interesting to find out the history of other murderers who were Doctors too.

This isn’t a fast paced book, the pace is quite steady and once I really got into it I found quite an easy read. Told in the first person we never find out our narrators name which I found really unusual and interesting.

I think what struck me about this book was the realness I felt while reading, I could imagine this happening and it gave me the chills. A really enjoyable medical thriller that was unusual and with a conclusion that was engrossing and surprising.

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