Wednesday 26 July 2023

πŸ“– Blog Tour ~ The Nurse by Valerie Keogh


Boldwood Books
21 July 2023

My thanks to the publisher for my copy of the book
and to Rachel's Random Resources for the invitation to the blog tour

Bullied, overlooked and under-appreciated, Lissa McColl learns at an early age to do very bad things. As a nurse, she is respected and valued for the first time in her life. But Lissa hates her job and the selfish, rude and inconsiderate people she has to deal with. But being underestimated in this job had its advantages. Lissa can get close to people, find out their secrets… sometimes with deadly results.

πŸ“– My Review..

Lissa McColl has had an unhappy childhood and with good reason this sense of unease carries forward into her adult life. Filled with a painful anxiety Lissa negotiates the adult world with her usual sense of wariness, and even her job as a nurse only serves as a means of survival for Lissa and the one special person who depends on her. That Lissa carries her secrets close is an understatement but despite her many disturbing qualities I really rather liked her and all credit to the author for creating a softer side to what could so easily be  seen as a monster.

I'm being deliberately vague as I'm scared of giving away any spoilers to this clever physiological suspense story except to say that, right from the start, it kept me on the edge of my seat. From the opening chapter when we are introduced to Lissa as she negotiates the pitfalls of primary school in her own unique style, to the exhaustion of her adult life as she works as an agency nurse for an organisation which sees her constantly flitting between adult nursing homes, there is never a moment when the story drops its pace of fails to deliver a killing blow.

Tight, clever and skillfully manipulated The Nurse kept me guessing until the very end of a story which abounds with constant surprises, wonderful red herrings and a serial killer to die for...

About the Author

Valerie Keogh is the internationally bestselling author of several psychological thrillers and crime series, most recently published by Bloodhound. She originally comes from Dublin but now lives in Wiltshire and worked as a nurse for many years. Her first thriller for Boldwood was published in August 2022.

Twitter @ValerieKeogh1 #TheNurse

@BoldwoodBooks #Boldwoodbloggers @bookandtonic


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