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Saturday, July 21, 2018

BLOG TOUR and REVIEW: Do No Harm by L V Hay @orendabooks @lucyvhayauthor

Do No Harm
by L V Hay

Thanks so much to Anne Cater and Orenda Books for this stop on the Blog Tour!

Publisher:  Orenda Books
Publish Date:  June 30, 2018 (ebook) July 20, 2018 (UK Paperback)
Kindle Edition
300 Pages
Genres:  Domestic Thriller, Psychological Suspense

After leaving her marriage to jealous, possessive oncologist Maxwell, Lily and her six-year-old son have a second chance at happiness with 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.

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.

My Review:

Ex-husbands, new husbands, mother-in-laws, sons and possessiveness.  Lily is happy to be marrying Sebastian - the complete opposite of her controlling and possessive ex-husband, Maxwell.  But once a control freak, always a control freak and Maxwell will do whatever it takes to get Lily back.  Sebastian doesn't like confrontation but how much will it take to get him to fight back for his new family?

No one ever wants to think the worst of their ex.  After all, there was love there once, something there that drew you to them.  You had a child with him and at the VERY least, you know he wouldn't want to him his only child... right?  

Alternating back and forth between Sebastian and Lily, and peppered with an unreliable narrator's thoughts, Hay has us questioning just how bad it's going to get. Now I'll admit I did get frustrated during this read.  WHY CAN'T THEY JUST SEE WHAT'S HAPPENING!  And my oh my how quickly trust is broken when the tiniest seed of doubt gets planted.  I felt the most for Denny, the poor kid stuck in the middle - a pawn in a deadly game between the two most important people in his world. 

I did figure things out fairly quickly - well I had my suspicions and proved myself right.  Honestly, I find this fun to do in certain stories.  What is captivating about this story is that while a little off the rails (because hello, drama! looooove it), it is also really realistic.  I've certainly had my fair share of run ins with men who are irrationally possessive and jealous.  Praise be to Lily for getting out of that - at least once. 😉

A proper read for domestic thriller lovers.


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