Book Review : The Patient

Pleased to be invited on this Bookouture Book Launch tour for the new thriller, The Patient, by Teri Terry.

This novel, released 13 February, was a fast-paced, page-turning psychological thriller.

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This novel is told through the perspectives of two protagonists.

Saphy is a young woman in her late twenties, living in London. Saphy’s life hasn’t been easy. As a baby, she was adopted by a loving family. But her mother died when she was young, and her father recently died of Covid, the same Covid Saphy inadvertently passed on to him. The same disease that damaged her own heart, already weakened by congenital heart defects. Saphy’s only chance of survival is a heart transplant.

Fern is a young emergency room doctor. Introverted and working long hours in a high stress job, Fern suffers debilitating guilt for the younger sister she has just lost to a brutal murder. And, heightening the guilt, is the knowledge that the presumed murderer of her beautiful and glamorous sister, Flora, was a fellow doctor Fern introduced to her sister.

Saphy’s life is saved by a heart transplant, but as she begins to heal, she has strange visions and  feelings. When she learns the high-profile murder victim Flora is her heart donor, she becomes increasingly obsessed with the life of the glamorous young woman. Events come to a head when Saphy meets Fern’s family and it becomes evident that someone is targeting Flora’s organ donors.

I enjoyed this fast-paced tale, and the dual perspectives. In the last chapters, there were a few too many twists and tirns for my personal preference, but I still enjoyed this page-turning tale.

Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for my copy – all thoughts are my own.


Book Description:The Patient Book Tour

I feel the steady thump of my new heart beating inside me. The surgeon said everything went well. But I can’t stop thinking about my donor: the girl who was killed. Her death saved my life. But now whoever took hers is coming for mine…I can’t believe it when I learn my donor’s identity. The attack on Flora was all over the news. From my hospital bed I read every article, obsess over every word and soon I feel like I know her: the beautiful girl with flame-coloured hair, adored by everyone around her. Why would anyone hurt someone so perfect?When Flora’s family reach out to me, I’m unsure. My hands are shaking as I arrive at their grand mansion with its golden stone and sprawling gardens, but they’re warm and welcoming, tears shining in her mother’s eyes as she smiles at me.She even tells me to take anything I want from Flora’s things, as she can’t bear to go through them herself. I run my fingers over the racks of beautiful designer items, carefully choosing outfits in Flora’s signature yellow, the bright colour complementing the new flush in my cheeks. I think of the years I’ve wasted being ill, and the crushing loneliness I thought would never end. I deserve this.But then there’s a violent attack on another patient who received one of Flora’s organs. My heart – Flora’s heart – races dangerously fast. Is it a coincidence?Maybe I’ve made a mistake by stepping into Flora’s life. Has this second chance really saved me? Or has it cost me everything?A totally gripping psychological thriller that will keep you turning the pages late into the night. If you loved The Silent PatientThe Housemaid and The Doctor’s Wife, you won’t want to miss this.


Author Bio:


Teri Terry is an award-winning, internationally bestselling author of thrillers for young adults and adults. She has lived in France, Canada, Australia and England at more addresses than she can count, acquiring four degrees, a selection of passports and an unforgettable name along the way. Before writing full time, Teri has been a scientist, a lawyer, an optometrist, and worked in schools, libraries and for a charity. She now calls a village in Buckinghamshire home, where she lives with her husband and Scooby, a very cute and naughty cockapoo. up to be the first to hear about new releases from Teri Terry here:
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