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The Doctor

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This was a great read. This was a real page turner. However, the best part is the last few chapters. I didn't see that coming. I highly recommend. Thank you NetGalley, Avon Book UK, and Lisa Stone for the ARC to review..
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It’s a good un! All the ingredients for a delicious thriller that has you cringing with fear and desperate to read more! A fab read thank you!
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Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for this ARC for my honest review.

This book draws you in immediately! It has everything a good Thriller should have, creepy characters, some very disturbing activities and a good twist in the end! 

I definitely recommend this book if you enjoy being creeped out!
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What can I say? This was as good as I'd hoped. In fact, the opening chapters drew me right in and held me captive until the end. If my neighbours ever block out their windows, then I'm off!

Emily (Em) has extended her maternity leave to stay at home with her new baby, and while she's a busy mum for the most part, there are times when she craves an adult conversation ... with anyone. Ben's job has placed extra demands on his time, and since she is currently unpaid, his job is what's keeping them afloat financially.

So, in her search for an adult conversation, her interest falls upon the couple next. Not an unusual move by any means, but then again she's not met the wife, and the husband (aka the doctor) seems to spend hour upon hour in his "man cave" at the bottom of the garden. Em makes endless offers to him, inviting his wife around for coffee, but nothing ever happens. Undaunted, Em takes matters into her own hands and knocks on their door when she knows the husband is at work.

Alisha is more nervous than Emily had imagined, and seems more than reluctant to leave the house as a result of her being unwell. When Em finally persuades Alisha to go over for coffee, the visit barely lasts fifteen minutes. Unsurprisingly, Emily now has all sorts of suspicions running through her mind, and her dislike for the doctor only fuels her imagination.

And rightly so.

Amit Burman is a doctor at their local hospital; he's an anaesthetist who is struggling to make his parents proud (since they don't consider him to be a proper doctor!) But he has a plan - and it involves cryonics. He wishes to "preserve" his wife until a cure can be found for her illness.

Trouble is, his wife has said no. She doesn't want to be frozen in perpetuity awaiting a cure.

Amit, though, doesn't like her answer. His time in the "man cave" is spent in pursuit of his plan ... and the blacked-out windows, tall hedges and general gloominess of their house allows him to continue his endeavours cloaked in darkness.

You can only imagine what he's up to ... but you'll need to stretch your imagination way further than that to learn exactly how far he will go to achieve his goals. He will go to any length to make a name for himself ... oops, sorry, I meant to say he'll do whatever it takes to cure his wife. Then again, I think I was right first time.

When Emily's curiosity throws a spanner in the works, little does she know the danger in store for her.

Without spoiling it for anyone, I'll just say that the panic switch is turned up full from early on and it never lets up. It's a tense thriller with twists aplenty that will leave you open-mouthed and turning the pages in a frenzy. I can't say anymore that that. Enjoy!
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Lisa Stone is the author ‘Cathy Glass’ and the books published under that Pseudonym are probably more recognisable. However her foray into the world of psychological thrillers is not one to be ignored. The Doctor is the first of her three books published under Lisa Stone that I have read and it won’t be the last.

Dr. Burman has a very sick wife, a medical degree, a bad attitude, a secret shed and an unnatural interest in cryogenics. He also has another secret – but let’s not spoil the book. Ben and Emily live next door with their young son – and Emily in particular is curious about the strangeness next door. First, her cat goes missing…then Dr Burman’s wife reaches out…then…well, you’ll have to read to find out.

Don’t read this alone, in your house, if you have a creepy neighbour next door (thankfully, I don’t!) The nights are getting darker earlier now though, and Stone paints such a good scene that it will feel quite realistic at times. Added to that, the story behind cryonic suspension if a little sickening (personal opinion), is fascinating. At the end of this book I had two questions… Do I really know my neighbours? Is this the future…?
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I never could get into the characters in this book! It is slow going, like being at a party with people who you do not like, whose opinions make you want to fly off in a rage, yet, you have to stay, or lose your job! The Doctor is creepy, I had no respect for his values, or his wife! The woman next door, should have stayed away from her lunatic neighbors next door, and taken care of her new baby! Ben was a nice guy, too much of a wimp for me! Who wants to befriend a Doctor who lives like Boo Radley? The house is grown over, basically blacked out windows everywhere, enough cameras for a milita compound! What Doctor do you know who lives like that? I live in a well off neighborhood, where everyone has yard workers, maids, tree service, you name it, it's done! I cannot imagine any of this going down, without the police getting involved. This book is not for me, I kept thinking, how ridiculous is this?
I don't recommend! Thank you, Netgalley!
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I took me a really long time to get into this book and actually, to be honest, I'm not sure I ever really did.

I had a hard time with the characters, as I didn't like any of them, and it all felt a little over the top, like a bad soap opera. It was really, really slow and something about the writing just didn't sit right with me - I don't know what it was. I really wanted to like it and was excited when I got it but it was a struggle from start to end, unfortunately. Even some of Amits dialogue was just so bad villain from an 80s movie I felt a cringe.

Just not for mee. :/
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Well.  This one is hard to write without giving away the incredible twists that will definitely make readers look back into the book to see where they missed the clues!  Lisa Stone does this to us quite often, giving readers much more than a thriller.  The Doctor is the next door neighbor to a family who have recently moved into the neighborhood.  He is not your typical next door neighbor...that's really an understatement.  The community Ms Stone has built is a sampling of neighborhoods everywhere.  The good, the bad, and the creepy.  Layers of tension and suspense make the unexpected ending super good!
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Having read Lisa Stone’s “ The Stalker” and loved it I was so excited to start this book.

Emily, Ben and their son Robbie move into a new house. Their neighbours seem a little odd, Dr Birman looks after his sick wife Alisha who never leaves the house and at night he is always at the bottom of the garden in his workshop. 

Dr Birman is obsessed with cryogenic research, freezing a body until a cure can be found for them. His workshop is his own theatre all ready for him. He may be an anaesthetist at the hospital but at home he is more like Dr Frankenstein!!

Emily tries to make friends with Alisha and slowly they become closer keeping it secret from the creepy Dr who has cameras everywhere. The Dr is not a fan of Emily and he wants to keep her away from his fragile wife. 

When Emily goes missing, is it because she has ran off with another man? Or is it something more sinister involving Dr creepy (that’s my nickname for him) 

I really enjoyed this chilling thriller. It is refreshing when you read so many psychological thrillers to stumble upon a storyline that is different!! 

I was totally hooked throughout this book, there are plenty of twists and surprises that will keep you turning the pages. 

Thank you to Netgalley for my copy in exchange for a review.
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Living next to a doctor should have it’s benefits except this couple behaves strangely according to Emily, the next door neighbor. The neighbors house was dark and inhospitable, almost creepy. The opaque film covering the windows didn’t help, neither did the tall shrubs and trees at the front that hid the street lamp. A doctor and his wife lived in the dark creepy house, yet Emily only saw the husband. She was curious about the wife wanting to invite her over for coffee. She relied on being the nosy neighbor to gauge what took place around this house.

The book description said Amit’s wife’s name was Anita, yet the book stated her name was Alisha. I’m confused. I noticed right away the name of the wife in the book didn’t match the name in the book description. I had to wonder if this was intentional or a mistake.

I’m not quite sure how to categorize this book. It’s not mysterious. It’s quite obvious what Amit plans to do as a doctor. At the same time it’s hauntingly scary to fathom how easy his mind conjures up these ideas in order to pursue his scientific experiment. It’s unsettling to think how unstable individuals become when circumstances don’t go their way. When Amit is dealt a crappy hand in life he tries to dabble in scientific discovery to get recognition and praise. Instead this doctor finds his unsettling life is a constant losing streak of failure. 

The best moments were from the 80% mark. This is where the story held my interest. I wish the story had this same sense of urgency to read. The pace began slow and slowly built to the increasingly intense read.
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Well, that was different. I was expecting a domestic thriller and so it begins with a regular young middle class family living next door to a Dr Frankenstein type anesthesiologist with a cryogenics experiment going full force in the garden shed with closed circuit tv, all windows blacked out and a very sick and secretive wife not allowed to leave the house.... even though the next door neighbor is friendly and welcoming. ....totally messed up and then our friendly hero next door go missing.  This actually was good, much better than I thought and thoroughly fun to read.
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I really, really enjoyed this book. It was creepy and kept me reading way past my bedtime! Now it’s finished I’m going to miss it. 
Thanks to Netgalley!
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Emily is on maternity leave after giving birth to her little boy Robbie.  She keeps an eye on the suspicious actions of her next door neighbor Amit an anesthetist at the local hospital.  Amit's wife Alisha has an incurable illness and is never seen outside the house.
One day Emily meets Alisha and they appear to become friends.  Emily will learn who is really her friend when she discovers Amit's terrible secret and what is hidden inside their house.
Amit is the creepiest doctor and he made my skin crawl.  Cryonic preservation actually occurs and who knows what would happen in the wrong hands!
I dont think I really warmed to this book until the last quarter and had trouble putting it down.  For some reason I feel a little surprised I became so caught up in events.  I loved how the author kept the twists coming right up to the end.  Well done!
Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for a free digital copy of the book in return for an honest review.
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I did not like the characters much, except Ben maybe. Emily is nosy, Alisha is to scared to defend herself and Eva, Amit is a bastard and poor Eva is the victim here. I'm a pediatric doctor and I have seen patients with  rare genetic disorders. It's not easy for them or the family. But here, Amit is the father of one and a doctor too, and he hates her. Disappointed by this idea.
The writing style is too simple.
Thank you Netgalley for this book.
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Emily is home on maternity leave and trying to befriend her next door neighbor, who also appears to stay home. Emily knows there is something not quite right with her neighbors and unfortunately for her, she persists in trying to find out what is going on. I really enjoyed this original, creepy, and suspenseful read. I look forward to reading more books by this author.
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In principle this should be an excellent book because all the elements are there.  New Mum Emily on extended maternity leave living next door to a rather odd couple – Dr Burman and his very sick wife.  Emily attempts to socialise with Mrs Burman but is rejected repeatedly by the Dr.  Something else strange – when not out doctoring, he is closeted in his shed at the end of the garden.  Add in the CCTV cameras, the high level security and hedges and the absence of any life or light from the house.  Then stir in missing animals – Emily’s cat for starters.  

So I was set up for a fantastic read, but I must admit I was a little disappointed and I could not relate to any of the characters – perhaps with the exception of Emily’s dad, David.  For the rest, really didn’t care one way or another.

Sorry Ms Stone, this one just did not engage me as much as I had expected.  Forgive me if I just add – it’s not you it’s me, I am sure and other readers are sure to love it.

Thank you to the author, publishers and NetGalley for providing an ARC via my Kindle in return for an honest review.
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I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Lisa Stone has brought out the perverse nature of human beings in this book about cryogenics and domestic abuse. The story is a little slow going to begin with but within a few pages the demonic nature of one of the main characters  becomes clear. I would recommend this book to those that do not get upset about the shortcomings of man. Enjoy! 📚
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EXCERPT: It was pitch black outside except for the small light coming from the outbuilding at the very end of their neighbour's garden. Emily could just make out the slither of light through the tall shrubs and trees that flanked their boundary fence. No moon or stars shone in the cloudladen sky and no wind stirred the foliage. She liked their secluded garden, it had been one of the reasons she and Ben had bought the house, but sometimes it felt just a bit creepy. Especially at night.

ABOUT THIS BOOK: How much do you know about the couple next door?

When Emily and Ben move in next door to Dr Burman and his wife Alisha, they are keen to get to know their new neighbours. Outgoing and sociable, Emily tries to befriend the doctor’s wife, but Alisha is strangely subdued, barely leaving the house, and terrified of answering the phone.

When Emily goes missing a few weeks later, Ben is plunged into a panic. His wife has left him a note, but can she really have abandoned him for another man? Or has Emily’s curiosity about the couple next door led her straight into danger?

MY THOUGHTS: If you have a creepy neighbour, I don't know if I should recommend you read this book, or not read this book.....

We all want to live forever, don't we? Well, I don't, but Dr Burman does. In fact he is fanatical in his quest. It rules his life......

I was prepared not to like this book. There were a few things in the first few pages that kind of annoyed me and I actually put the book down and walked away from it for a couple of days. Then I picked it up again....and found it difficult to put down.

The writing, in places, felt a little unweildly, but the plot is excellent, and for once the blurb was right...there was a twist that I just didn't see coming. I don't know that it was entirely necessary, but I didn't see it coming. Personally I would have ended the book a little earlier than the author does, but that is just me....

All in all an interesting read. And love the cover!

🙂🙂🙂.5 stars

THE AUTHOR: I live in England and have three children. I have always been a writer - from when I was at school, with poems and articles in the school magazine. In my teens I began writing short stories, a few radio plays and novels. I finally made it into the bestseller charts with Damaged in 2007 which I wrote under the pseudonym Cathy Glass. Since then I have had 28 books published, many of which have become international bestsellers. 

DISCLOSURE: Thank you to publishers Avon via Netgalley for providing a digital copy of The Doctor by Lisa Stone for review. All opinions expressed in this review are my own personal opinions.

For an explanation of my rating system, please refer to my profile page on or the about page on my webpage, sandysbookaday/ This review and others also appear on my webpage.
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This was a very readable book which, although not as well written as some books I have read lately, produced enough tension to keep one turning the pages and willing the bad things to stop happening.
Em (Emily) befriends her next door neighbour Alisha but between them they have to cover the tracks of their friendship. Alisha's husband Dr Amit Burman wouldn't like it. He is too busy making sure no-one gets close enough to discover some very disturbing secrets.
Cryogenics can suspend animation and potentially keep an organ, an animal or a person in a state that some believe can be reversed to bring back life, conquering death by replacing organs and curing health conditions at a time when medical science has progressed sufficiently to do so. Dr Burman is a huge fan and with his medical background his character (and his actions) in this psycological drama helps us to look at our beliefs about life, death, health, genetic conditions, disbility and immortality.
At times plain disturbing, the characters in both houses in this book really add a very human element to this story and the fourth star I gave this book is based purely on the ending which I thought was very good. Leaves you not quite knowing...I was also willing David (Em's father) on, desperate for him not to give up.
Give up what? Read The Doctor and find out!
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Oh man this book, I just couldn’t put it down! I found myself involved along with the characters and at times getting upset and wanting to yell. It’s so compelling and pulls you in. Just when you think you know when somethings going to happen *bam* a twist. And I love a good twist you don’t see coming! There’s so many emotions and a roller payer ride.
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