Thursday, May 6, 2021

Glasshouse by Morwenna Blackwood - Book Blitz & Review



Now if I carry out this oath, and break it not, may I gain for ever reputation among all men for my life and for my art; but if I break it and forswear myself, may the opposite befall me.
~ from the Hippocratic Oath (translated by WHS Jones)

Psychiatrists, Drs Whittle and Grosvenor, have dedicated their lives to helping their patients, but their approach, and the complications it reveals, lead them into relationships that harm not only themselves. 

As their lives entangle, both men find that doing no harm is not as cut-and-dried as they perceived.

Can the patients in their care really trust them? Or are more sinister motives at work?

Delve into the dark world of psychiatric institutions where doctors and residents play a dangerous game where no one is infallible!

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My Review
Glasshouse is a suspense thriller that explores the dark underbelly of psychiatric institutions, from the doctors who work there to the patients locked up in there. The subject matter does get a bit ghastly at times (cutting, OD, miscarriage), but the book handles it all well. 
The story follows Lizzie, a patient at the institute, and Dr. Whittle, her doctor, as well as Lydia and Dr Grosvenor. The main focus is Lizzie and Dr. Whittle, and while Lizzie pushes the boundaries of her freedom, Dr. Whittle deals with his unhappy marriage by starting a tentative relationship with Lizzie. That's a recipe for disaster. 
I thought this was a decent read. It was a little slow in some spots, and a little hard to keep track of all the characters at times, but it held my interest and kept me wondering what might happen next. There are some tense moments, and some scenes where you feel for the characters and what they're going through, but I just didn't quite connect with the book as much as I was hoping to. Maybe that's just me, though.
If you're looking for an intriguing thriller, check out Glasshouse.
3.5 stars.

Author Bio –

When Morwenna Blackwood was six years old, she got told off for filling a school exercise book with an endless story when she should have been listening to the teacher/eating her tea/colouring with her friends. The story was about a frog. It never did end; and Morwenna never looked back.

Born and raised in Devon, Morwenna suffered from severe OCD and depression, and spent her childhood and teens in libraries. She travelled about for a decade before returning to Devon. She now has an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Exeter, and lives with her husband, son and three cats in a cottage that Bilbo Baggins would be proud of. Her debut psychological thriller, The (D)Evolution of Us, is published by #darkstroke, and has become an Amazon best-seller. When she is not writing, Morwenna works for an animal rescue charity, or can be found down by the sea.

She often thinks about that frog.


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Twitter - @MorwennaBlackw1

Instagram – morwennablackwood_

Facebook – Morwenna Blackwood page

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