I really enjoyed this book. It’s not your standard romance, though there is romance in it in a really unusual form. It’s very plot driven, and boy what a plot!
Whilst Olivia is working in an emergency room as a doctor, a gunshot victim is bought in. The patient is Annie O’Neil, who Olivia recognises as the woman her husband is infatuated with.
There is a bit of disagreement between Olivia and the other trauma doctor on duty. He thinks they should leave Annie to be flown to a better resourced trauma department as they usually do, Olivia feels she won’t make the journey and tries to help her straight away.
Olivia does her best and we follow a tense few minutes whilst Olivia tries to save the woman, but to no avail, Annie dies. This sets off a trail of events that have a knock on effect on not only Olivia and her family, but the family of the dead woman herself.
There are many twists and turns in this story, it kept me gripped right to the end! The author has a knack of writing with real emotional intensity that gets you right to the heart of the matter, dealing with marital breakup and betrayal. She creates good, believable characters who have their own individual quirks, they’re as flawed as the rest of us and fascinating reading.
The author is American and some of the words she uses are unfamiliar to me but I quite liked that, it’s a bit different. I didn’t go to the effort of finding out what they meant, I just took them in context and it didn’t bother me.
Before she was a writer the author was a medical social worker and psychotherapist and I think this really shows through in her work, she has an uncommon depth of understanding, yet puts it over in an engaging way.
This is a heart breaking tale of life, loss and love. I was totally pulled into the story and loved it from beginning to end. Thankfully it’s the first of a trilogy. I’ll certainly be reading more from Diane Chamberlain.