Friday, 17 August 2018

#BlogTour Do No Harm by L.V. Hay

It's my turn on the BlogTour for Do No Harm by L.V. Hay. This author is known for her out of the box sneaky plots, which means no matter how innocent the character may appear to be - they might just be a secret psychopath executing a nefarious plan.
About the Author
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.

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About the book
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.

I know that Hay has a devious mind, so I can't help but instinctively look at everyone as if they are a suspect, and I mean everyone. This author is known for her out of the box sneaky plots, which means no matter how innocent the character may appear to be - they might just be a secret psychopath executing a nefarious plan. No one is free from suspicion, not even Denny. Yeh, I know he is only six years old.

Hay has created a monster - the sceptical reader.

Lily has found love with Sebastian, a man who loves her and her young son. The only thorn in her side is her manipulative ex-husband Maxwell. No matter where she looks he is always there lurking in the shadows, then again so is her new mother-in-law. Perhaps Lily is just scarred and a little tainted from her time with her controlling ex.

The plot surrounding the ex-husband is timely, because the UK has finally introduced new laws that make controlling and coercive behaviour illegal. At times Lily's behaviour may seem exaggerated and overly sensitive, but if you have ever experienced a controlling partner then you will know where she is coming from. Control is the most important aspect of this type of abusive relationship, and having children with an abusive partner means a lifelong game of manipulative control, even if both of you have new partners.

When Denny starts to exhibit signs of emotional distress, and a series of volatile incidents suggest that Maxwell is trying to create a wedge between the new couple and his son. That's when things start to get dangerous.

Hay does not disappoint with the devious twist at the end. As expected it is completely messed up and a wee bit wicked. I enjoy the fact she doesn't feel the need to present the perfect or happy ending. The truth comes way out of left field and the worst part is that a part of it remains hidden in the shadows, jut waiting for a new chance to pounce. Hay enjoys misleading her readers and leading them up the garden path, the result is always a captivating read.

Buy Do No Harm at Amazon Uk or go to Goodreads for any other retailer.
Publisher: Orenda Books

Read my review of The Other Twin by L.V. Hay, Read my review of The Lynmouth Stories by L.V. Hay
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