The Only Child

The Only Child

A Novel

Book - 2017
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Forensic psychiatrist Lily Dominick finds her career and her sanity threatened when she encounters a client who claims to be two hundred years old and the inspiration behind three of the nineteenth century's gothic literary classics.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2017
Edition: First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781476755212
Branch Call Number: FIC PYPER 2017
Characteristics: 284 pages ; 24 cm


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Aug 30, 2018

I received a free copy through Goodreads
I have not had a chance to read any of the masterpieces mentioned in the book, so I can't compare it to them, but this book made for an interesting read.

It starts off with Lily, a psychiatrist at Kirby Forensic Psychiatric Centre and meeting 'Michael'. Only for her world to come crashing and tumbling within a few hours. Everything she knew isn't exactly what she thought she knew.

The story goes pretty quick and we get glimpses of who this Michael is and who he pretended to be for the past two hundred years or so, and how he may have inspired some of the famous gothic horror stories we know.

I feel that Lily seemed pretty unemotionally attached at times, and her thoughts sometimes got on my nerves.

That ending. Wow a bit of a shocker, but then again there were clues left along the way to hint at what may eventually end up happening.

There wasn't too much that was memorable about this book, just a few scares here and there.

Sep 01, 2017

Too suspenseful. Not for the faint of heart. Good reading for those who enjoy this kind of book. I imagine that it is a great book, but I really couldn't sleep.

Jun 29, 2017

......" You have to be prepared around people like this, even with their legs shackled to the table that's screwed to the floor. They can be as tricky with the things they say as with things they do....."
Delightfully spooky!

Jun 22, 2017

Not Stephen King, but sufficiently creepy to keep me reading to the end. I liked how the author intertwined references to early horror/gothic novels such as Frankenstein, Dracula, and Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde into the fabric of this story.

Apr 14, 2017

Just wanted to say the rating reflects my enjoyment of this book, not the author's ability to write & tell a story. It's a simple case of a mismatch between reader & book. I like thrillers but this is much more in the vein of classic horror/fantasy which is not my preferred genre. My bad for not realizing that before I picked it up. If you're a fan of his previous books, this should be right up your alley. It's got an original premise & an interesting connection to 3 classics of the genre (Frankenstein, Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde, Dracula).


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