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The Doctor

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Gripping and compelling, this was the sort of read that blew me away and kept me thinking even when I wasn’t reading it. Highly recommended - well plotted and executed. Will reread.
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An amazing intense thriller that starts right away!  
I was into it from the start and didn't want the story to end! 
Fast paced, good twists, interesting characters, really well written!  You keep turning the pages as fast as you can to see what's coming next...

I can't wait to read more from that author.

Thank you to NetGalley and Avon for the ARC of this book.  This is my honest review.  All opinions are my own.
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This was definitely a different kind of thriller. This doctor was so delusional in his believes and the things he did where all kinds of crazy. I got goosebumps reading, but I just couldn't put the book down. if you want to read something new and original, this is your book.
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Thank you to NetGalley, Avon Books UK and Lisa Stone for my ARC in return for my honest review.

I have read Lisa Stone before and find her writing compelling and the storylines clever and out of the ordinary.  This did not disappoint.  Emily and Ben live next door to a doctor and his wife and despite Emily’s best efforts they do not wish to be friends.  The Burman family had CCTV and Perspex at the windows to stop anybody approaching and seeing in the house.

Emily watched Dr Amit Burman spend night after night in his shed at the bottom of the garden wondering what he was doing and why, even on Christmas Day he was in there.  Emily is on extended maternity leave and her husband, Ben, tends to ignore her musings, putting them down to gossiping.

Despite her knockbacks, Emily eventually befriends Amit’s wife, Alisha, and discovers a secret and Alisha tells her the reason Amit spends all his spare time in the shed.  However, several things happen locally and to Emily and she begins to think that there are problems within the Burman’s family environment.

At times I was horrified but I was intrigued all the way through. This is a fast paced, clever read.  Highly recommended.
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The author wrote a thriller that started with a bang and just kept going!  The twists kept coming, so I couldn't put it down.  I cannot wait to read more from this author!
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Emily and Ben move in next door to the Burman’s, Dr Burman no less, a respected anaesthetist and his ‘terminally ill’ wife
Many secrets are waiting at the Burmans, Dr Burman for one is obsessed with cryogenics and has his own experimental operating theatre in the garden!, plus hidden children with genetic diseases and the like, there is much more than meets the eye going on next door!!!
The book starts quite medical and technical but this passes and it turns into quite a grim, claustrophobic menacing horror/psychological story 
Dr Burman is insidious, a foul and evil creature ( yep that bad ), his wife although felt really sorry for is as weak as water....thankfully Emily and Ben are great and I loved Emily’s insistent nosiness that got her into next door, although she did come to regret it!!!!
Theres a scene where the good ( bad ) Dr pretends to be a relatives patient on a ward which is super chilling and you want to stop him doing what he intends on doing but of course you cant!
The ending is well done and builds the story ( and the reader ) up to a frenzy of a finish or so you think.....and then after a reflective epilogue another chilling added few pages that will unsettle you
A good dramatic ( if implausible at some levels ) story
7.5/10  4 Stars
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An intense,  thrilling read with darkly disturbing elements and sinister undertones that compels the reader to read and read until the very end. It follows two sets of neighbours and their varying view points as the story unfolds, growing in intensity with every new chapter. Em has since the very first time she saw her neighbour going to and from his shed felt something off about him and has avividly watched a f documented his comings and goings. Reaching out to his wife at every opportunity trying to strike a friendship hoping to maybe learn more. That proves mote difficult than she expected and things are definitely more wrong than she thought. Amit has a dark purpose and is steadily working towards that goal, growing more unhinged by the day. You will not want to put this down!  Definitely a five star read that will have you on the edge of your seat hoping for a satisfying conclusion!
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I admit that at first I didn't think I would be able to finish this book.  It involves an aspect of medical research that I personally have problems with, I'm aware that it happens in today's world but it's nothing I want to read about.  I felt like the beginning of the book tended to drag in some places and i found myself struggling to keep reading.  About midway through the book, there were a few surprises and twists that grabbed me and all of a sudden, I couldn't put it down!!   Needless to say, the second half of the story is surprising and full of twists and turns and pure evilness.  If you love mystery, suspense and books that leave you with questions like "Who can I Trust?" Or "How can Someone be so calculating and evil?" than this should be on your TBR shelf!  Thank-you to Netgalley, Goodreads, Avon and Lisa Stone for a ARC and the chance to read this book in exchange for a honest review.  Review will be posted at Amazon, Goodreads and Kobo
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The Doctor, the third novel written under the pseudonym Lisa Stone, is a refreshingly original domestic thriller and a thoroughly wild and addictive ride. I couldn't get through the pages rapidly enough; there was so much more to the plot than a bog-standard family drama and that made it a real winner. The story revolves around two couples who are neighbours on the same street — Emily and Ben, Amit and Anita. Anita is suffering from a terminal illness and Amit, who feels as though he cannot live without her, takes to researching the possibility of using cryogenic's to preserve her body until she can be awoken. This takes a very sinister turn when the new neighbours begin to ask questions.

This is an expertly plotted thriller with a fascinating medical/science background and is gripping from first page to last. There were plenty of twisty surprises throughout and a rare and constant feeling that something ominous was about to happen. It is a nail-biting tale with great, relatable characters and enough intrigue and mystery to keep you guessing right until the chilling conclusion. It was a little improbable at times but given I was completely absorbed and entertained this was of little issue to me. Above all, it highlights the extent we will often go to for those we love. Recommended. Many thanks to Avon for an ARC.
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Ok first up you need to be aware that once you start this book you won’t be able to stop reading it! This one kept me up reading well into the early hours of the morning, and is one of the most intriguing stories I have ever read.

I was hooked on the blurb straight away, but when I got stuck into it, this story was so much more than I thought it was going to be. It was definitely a surprise, and the subject matter of Cryonics, which is not mentioned in the blurb is quite chilling.

I must admit that Cryonics is a subject that I really didn’t know anything about, but Lisa has researched this complex subject throughly and makes it easy for the reader to understand. I did have mixed emotions on this topic, from being fascinated to quite scared by it. If you were given the option of being able to live forever, what would you do?

The main characters of this story were very well written, developed and are very believable. Doctor Amit Burman, who I can only describe as a modern day Victor Frankenstein, is the most despicable character. He is a violent abuser who will stop at nothing to get what he wants. He is definitely the sinister presence in the story.

Alisha, Amit’s wife, is a sad and lonely woman that is basically held captive in her home and is forbidden from having any friends. Her life is literally under constant surveillance monitored by CCTV from her overbearing husband not only so he can keep tabs on her when he is not at home, but to also keep unwanted visitors from coming in, which is to protect the secret that they are hiding within the house. My heart went out to Alisha who is very fragile woman and I went straight into protective mode of her.

Emily who lives next door to the Burman’s, is relentless in trying to befriend Alisha. I found her to be a bit of a busy body at the start, constantly watching the house and trying to force herself onto Alisha, that it makes you question her motives as to does she really want to be friends with Alisha or is it more that she just wants a sticky nose into their lives. She did grow on me though with her kindness and she does becomes a great ally for Alisha even though it could cost her her life.

This is a chilling read that had me enthralled from the get go with a surprising twist at the end that got under my skin and gave me goosebumps. Although in parts it is hard to read, it is a fascinating story that I definitely recommend.

I do have to make mention that this book although an addictive read, it does have some very dark aspects that could be distressing to some readers. It touches on domestic violence, child abuse, elderly abuse and animal abuse.

This is only the third book written by Lisa Stone (She is an established author under the pseudonym of Cathy Glass writing in the True Life Stories and Inspirational Memoirs genres). In my opinion she is a rising star in the thriller genre and I can’t wait to what she comes up with next!

Thank-you to #NetGalley, #AvonBooksUK and #LisaStone for allowing me to read an advance copy of The Doctor in exchange for an honest review.

All opinions are my own and are not biased in anyway.
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Thank you to NetGalley and Avon/HarperCollins Publishers for a copy of this book is exchange for an honest review.

According to the synopsis Emily is supposed to go missing at the beginning of the book but it’s closer to the end of the book. This was a bit of a letdown as you keep turning pages expecting her to disappear. She actually spends most of the book trying to figure out what is going on at Dr. Burman’s house. She comes across as a housewife with way took much time on her hands.

Nothing was very surprising in the book; you pretty much saw what was coming at you. The interesting part was the main character, a doctor and all the details surrounding cryogenic freezing showed that the author did a lot of researched and it was really felt through those details. 

The ending could have been put differently, less predictably.
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This story is about a Doctor who works as an anaesthetist who's conducting his own experiments. De Burman looks after his sick wife, Alisha. It's quite clear that all not as it seems in the Burman household. He is quite obsessed with his interest in cryogenic research, freezing humans until a cure can be found for their illnesses, then brought back to like and cured. Emily and Ben are there neighbours. Emily is quite intrigued about the strange coming and goings around her neighbours. Emily tries to make friends with Alisha and slowly chips away at her resolve, and eventually Alisha lets her into her home. But Emily is shocked at what she finds.

It's a true saying that you never know what goes on behind closed doors, and that's true to the contents of this book. Not exactly what I was expecting. The dDoctor is quite a creepy character. There is a lot I would like to say about this book but it would contain too many spoilers. There are plenty of twists and the subject matter has been well researched. It's well written. Another book I could not read quickly enough.

I would like to thank Acon Books UK and the author Lisa Stone for my ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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The Doctor by Lisa Stone is hard book for me to get my thoughts down on.  I did not hate it nor did I love it. It is a strange book with a unique story. I struggled to connect with the characters, none of them had much going for them and the story was far fetched and hard to believe.  Certain actions seemed far too easy and in reality could not happen that way. In saying that though it was a quick read and different .

Emily and Ben live next door to Dr Burman and his wife Alisha.  Emily is on maternity leave and tries to make friends with Alisha but she is very guarded and doesn't leave the house a lot. She seems afraid of everything.  Behind closed doors the Doctor is abusive and controlling, not allowing his wife to have any sort of a life.  She has a chronic illness and he is experimenting in his shed with cryonics, freezing bodies to come back when medical advances have the cure. He is not a nice person at all, having no limits to how far he will go for his research.

Thanks to Netgalley and Avon Books UK for my advanced copy of this book to read.  All opinions are my own and are in no way biased.
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I received this book in exchange for my honest review from NetGalley and the publisher! Thank you for my chance to read this! Wow! This book kept me on the edge of my seat from beginning to end! A true thriller! The characters were captivating and I really couldn't guess what was to come in the end! Definitely want to read more from this author! Thank you for the chance to read and review this!
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Gripping, unputdownable. Emily befriends her next door neighbour who is terrified of her  controlling doctor husband.but is Emily putting her own life in danger. A fast pacey novel that keeps you on tenterhooks until the final page
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To be perfectly honest, the reason I decided to read this book was because of that little blurb from Katerina Diamond, who is one of my favorite authors. Unfortunately, I was not gripped immediately by The Doctor – or at all, really.

First of all, I need to point out a little pet peeve I have with the synopsis, which is that the name of the doctor’s wife was not the same as in the book. In the book, her name was Alisha, not Anita, so either the synopsis is wrong, or it was changed after the ARC was done. Also, Emily doesn’t go “missing” until the latter half of the book and the reader knows where she is the whole time. I expected it to be more of a mystery, but while Ben doesn’t know where she is, we know everything that happens and I felt it took away a lot of the tension.

Alisha has a chronic disease and her husband, Amit, is obsessed with the idea of cryonics, which involves freezing her body when she dies until medicine has advanced enough to cure the disease, when she can then be brought back to life. Alisha won’t consent to signing up with the agency that does this, so he decides to teach himself the process and will do it to her himself. In the mean time, he’s emotionally and physically abusive to Alisha to make sure she’s too scared to leave the house or accept the friendly advances of their neighbors, Emily.

I thought the book was much, much longer than it needed to be. The plot advanced very slowly and I never really felt the characters were developed that fully, either. The quality of the writing left a little to be desired for me, as well. It felt like a first or second draft and could have used a lot more editing and polishing. I was also really disappointed with the “twist” that was promised. It was barely a twist at all and left no real impact.

Overall, The Doctor just wasn’t for me. While it had an interesting angle with the cryonics plotline, it never really lived up to it’s potential. I never connected with the characters and thought Amit was a pretty weak villain. I was originally going to give this two stars, but once I actually started to write this review, I realized I don’t really have anything positive to say about it, so it’s only getting 1 star from me.

Overall Rating (out of 5): 1 Star
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Wow, this book was fantastic. It was fast paced and kept me reading. I just couldn’t put it down until I finished it.
It was such a different story to others I’ve read and I would love to read other books by this author.
My thanks to Netgalley and Harper Collins for letting me read this ebook for free in return for an honest review.
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Emily and Ben, along with their toddler son, move next to a very peculiar couple. Dr Burman locks himself in the shed every time he comes home from work, and his wife, who suffers from a fatal illness, doesn't leave home and always looks frightened. What is the couple next door hiding? Can they be dangerous?

I honestly had very high hopes for this book, and plunged into it in very high spirits. Unfortunately, it didn't live up to my expectations. The plot was not interesting enough and the characters weren't sufficiently well built and it was difficult for me as a reader to relate to any one of them. The story escalated in a very unnatural and strange way, there didn't seem to be enough research into technology and health as would be good in this type of book. Moreover, the end verged on the point of cliche. 

On the bright side, it was a short read and quite fast-paced.
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3.5 stars 
This is a good read with an interesting storyline. 
Emily is a stay at home mum and tries to get to know her neighbours but doesn’t get much response when she tries to socialise with them. 
Amit is a Doctor and gives her the creeps and Emily is intrigued about what he does every night in the building in their garden. 
Emily slowly gets to know Alisha and is shocked that her husband doesn’t let her out of the house. Telling her it’s for her own good doesn’t sit right with Emily. 
We learn that Alisha thinks she is being looked after by Amit but his behaviour is becoming more erratic. 
Amit is researching cryonics and whilst he thinks he knows what he’s doing, his ambitions soon get out of hand. 
Emily and Alisha get dragged into his plans and face a life threatening situation. 
I enjoyed this book and would like to thank Avon books UK and NetGalley for the opportunity to read this book.
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This is my first read by Lisa stone and it won’t be my last, had me gripped and reason so quick just so I didn’t have to put it down. Fantastic
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