Today I am beyond thrilled to be sharing my review on its publication day for Without Her Consent by McGarvey Black published by Bloodhound Books.
Without Her Consent by McGarvey Black
Release Date: 25th of August 2020
Format: Kindle Format
Page Count: 310 pages
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Publisher: Bloodhound Books
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She’s been in a coma for years. How can she be pregnant?
When a coma patient starts to have contractions and gives birth to a baby boy, the child’s arrival triggers an investigation into serious sexual assault.
Detectives McQuillan and Blalock are handed the case, while the internal hospital team collects data to help with the investigation.
When Dr. Angela Crawford, who helped deliver the baby, learns that the child will be put in foster care, she and her husband agree to take the little boy in.
Meanwhile, a young nurse, Jenny O’Hearn, helps compile data on the rapist and discovers several strange things. When Jenny is attacked, it forces the detectives to look at the case from a different perspective.
Could a staff doctor, male nurse or the chaplain be the rapist?
Sometimes the truth isn’t always obvious.
Wow, where do I even begin with this review! There are so many words I could use to describe this book, but it only needs one and that is BRILLIANT! Oh my goodness, this is one book that is going to stay with me for a long time to come and if there is one book that you should read this year, this is it!
The story itself is just so unimaginable, I actually spent the whole book with my mouth hanging open, as I was trying to grasp what I was reading. It has been extremely well researched, thought out, plotted, executed and I couldn’t think of anyone more perfect than McGarvey Black to tell this harrowing story.
No time is wasted getting you into the story and right from the first chapter you are hooked. The pace at which this moves at, is at breakneck speed and you will find that you will be unable to tear yourself away from it. Each chapter ends with you wanting more and you definitely get this and then some!
The characters have been well developed and are brought to life perfectly. They are diverse and a mix bag of likeable and unlikeable. It was nice to be reacquainted with a familiar face in Detective John McQuillan, who featured in McGarvey Black’s first novel I Never Left. As a side-note you do not need to read this book to follow along, but if you haven’t read it then you really are missing out as it is another brilliant read!
The writing is flawless and is just so engaging and captivating, that I read this in one sitting. You are pulled into the story and also entangled up in the mystery trying to fathom how this could happen. McGarvey Black gives this story everything she has got and it just reinforces my opinion even more that she is one insanely talented author!
Without Her Consent is a compelling story and although at times hard to read, it is also quite fascinating. One of the characters does provide some comic relief to balance it out, but this does not take away from the sheer horror at the crux of the story. It is confronting, shocking and downright terrifying and as I mentioned at the start of the review, is one book that you need to read.
Congratulations on another outstanding piece of work McGarvey Black. You are truly one of the best and exciting authors out there and you are such a credit to the psychological thriller genre. I can not wait to see what you come up with for us next. Please don’t keep us waiting too long…
Thank you to McGarvey Black and Bloodhound Books for allowing me to read an advanced copy of Without Her Consent which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.
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Let’s Get to Know McGarvey Black
I was a theatre major in college and pursued an acting career for a few years. Eventually, I moved into advertising sales in the magazine publishing business where I sold print and digital advertising and managed sales teams for companies like Conde Nast and WebMD.
Ten years ago, I left media to become an executive recruiter for large and small internet companies. No matter how I earned a living, I always wrote…for me, for my friends and family.
Two years ago, I left recruiting to pursue a full-time career as a writer. I’ve written three novels thus far and working simultaneously on the fourth and fifth. I am obsessed with writing, sometimes waking in the middle of the night to put pen to paper when I get an idea.
Since I usually write mystery/thrillers, my process is to know the beginning and the end before I start and then fill in the middle as I go. If I do my prep right and develop my characters fully, the characters kind of write themselves.
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