Publication: 1st July 2018 by Orenda Books
If I can’t have you … nobody can
After leaving her marriage to jealous, possessive oncologist Maxwell, Lily and her six-year-old son have a second chance at happiness with headteacher 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…
Chilling, dark and terrifying, Do No Harm is a taut psychological thriller and a study of obsession, with a killer twist that you will never see coming.
Sebastian and Maxwell couldn’t be more different. The first is a head teacher, he loves children, he is patient and kind. The other is a renowned oncologist, he is arrogant, narcissist, and not at all likable. What do they have in common? They are in love with the same woman (in Maxwell’s case, it’s more an obsession drove by his egotism).
After years married to a man who controlled her and cheated on her, Lily has finally found a man who treats her with respect and loves her son as much as she does. So she and Sebastian marry a few months after they started dating but their bliss is quickly cut short by incidents, disappearances, circumstances, and someone who has a big plan in motion to destroy their joy. This someone is the mysterious third narrator. We don’t find out who they are until the end of the novel, but we are aware of their plans (and I was so into the story that I wish I could have stopped them). Even though I figured out who this mysterious narrator was, I felt myself still glued to the page, eager to find out more, and I was taken by surprise by the many unpredictable twists. And there are many twists, page after page, and you never know what to expect next.
If you are looking for a thriller that it is jaw-dropping, gripping, and character-driven, a thriller that you won’t be able to put down until you get to the very last page, then DO NO HARM should be at the top of your list. A story of love and obsession with a dark and unsettling plot and with characters that I found very intriguing, complex, deeply flawed and, for this reason, more realistic, DO NO HARM is a must-read for this summer and I’d like to thank Anne Cater and Orenda Books for inviting me to take part in the blog tour and for providing me with a copy of this compelling book.
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.