Monday, August 27, 2018

Review: The Waiting Room by Emily Bleeker

Title: The Waiting Room
Author: Emily Bleeker
Published: August 2018, Lake Union Publishing
Format: ARC Paperback, 260 pages
Source: Publisher via Publicist

From the bestselling author of When I’m Gone and Working Fire comes a gripping novel about a mother, her missing daughter, and the dark secrets that engulf them. 

Ever since her husband’s death collided with the birth of her daughter, postpartum depression has taken hold of Veronica Shelton. She can’t sleep, can’t work, and can’t bear to touch her beautiful baby girl. Her emotional state is whispering lies in Veronica’s ear: You’re a bad mother. Your baby would be better off without you. But not everything can be reasoned away by Veronica’s despair. Can it?

After all, the break-in at her house happened. The disturbing sketches she found in her studio are real. So is the fear for her daughter’s safety—especially when Veronica comes home to a cold, silent nursery and a missing baby.

As she turns from victim into primary suspect, Veronica realizes that only she can find her daughter. Authorities aren’t helping. They’re only watching. Veronica’s concerned mother has suddenly vanished from her life. And a new friend seems to be keeping secrets from her too. Now, reality is waiting for Veronica in a dark place—because someone’s mind games have only just begun.

My thoughts: Last year, I read my first book by Emily Bleeker - Working Fire - and I knew I would be reading her again...and so I was ecstatic to get my hands on her latest book, The Waiting Room. This book once again kept me glued to the pages...she can definitely tell a story like no other!

This book is such an emotional read for a lot of reasons, but at the same time, it's also one of the those books that you find yourself completely consumed with and unable to walk away from. Once I started it, I was totally invested in the story line and just had to know what was going on. And let me just say - this is definitely one of those books where you think you know what is going on but you couldn't be further from the truth. This is one of those books where you get blind-sighted not just once, but a few times...and that just hooks you even more!

This is an intense read and it builds as the book progresses. It touches on loss and grief and the way we react to such trauma. When you add in the emotional element, it really makes for a different experience than your normal psychological thriller because you end up caring for Veronica. And the other characters are just as complex and complicated - no one is as they first seem. 

This book is such an amazing read and I definitely recommend's emotional, it's twisty, and it's totally binge-worthy! Pick it won't be sorry! 


1 comment

  1. I can't wait to read this! Pardon my pun, but this thriller really does sound amazing. Great review, Kristin!


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