A mesmerising tale of obsession, vengeance and betrayal, expertly unpicking the threads of a marriage and the lies that bind. Absorbingly atmospheric with elegant, lyrical prose and a brooding slow-burn tension, The Patient is utterly unforgettable.
The story follows Rachel, a GP, who sees a patient one night and feels an unexpected attraction. She doesn’t act on her feelings and instead gives him the drugs he needs, setting in motion a story that intricately dissects an unhappy marriage.
Compelling, haunting and beautifully told, I loved the sense of place and Shemilt’s attention to detail in her settings. A novel you won’t want to miss.