Happy Sunday. Hopefully you’re all having a lovely weekend so far. I had a great day yesterday pottering around running some errands and then spent the rest of the day out in the garden with the family and had our first proper bbq of the year. I hope we get many more weekends with this kind of gorgeous weather.
Thank you to @simonschusterUK and @JackJordanBooks for this advanced audio copy of Do No Harm in return for an honest review. Do No Harm is due to be published on 26th May 2022 and you can get a copy here.
Anna is a heart surgeon. She is also a mother. Which one of these roles does she value the most?
When her son is kidnapped she is faced with the decision to either kill a man on her operating table or let her son be killed. It’s a no brainer for Anna, but does that make her a monster?
General Thoughts 🤔
When people describe this book as tense, they truly mean tense. I was hanging on to every single word, the entire time. Every chapter feels like waiting for something awful to happen and it is oh so very good. I found concentrating on anything but listening to this difficult, it was all consuming.
I loved this book and thought that the story was such a great idea. What I thought was going to be the whole story turned out to be so much more as I fell deeper and deeper into the rabbit hole along with the characters.
I really liked that the main characters in this book were all female. There are a lot of thrillers out there where women are the victims and men are the bad guys. Don’t get me wrong, there are victims and there are bad guys, but the lines are definitely blurred compared to most thrillers that I read.
I started off really liking Anna, but towards the end of the book, that had somewhat dissipated. I appreciate that a mother’s love is stronger than anything and she would have done anything to save her son, but she shifted to become quite heartless. There was little consideration in her decision making about what might happen after and indeed if her son was returned to her.
I actually felt really sorry for Margot through the entire story. She made bad decisions and I did question her morality, but she was a desperate woman. People with nothing to lose will do almost anything and I think that’s where Margot’s life had unfortunately gotten to. She was in constant survival mode and that can be a dangerous place to be.
Writing Style ✍️
This is the first book that I have read by Jack Jordan and I really enjoyed his tone and style of writing. Of course a multiple POV structure is my fave so this book played right into my hands. It was told from the perspective of three different female characters and I loved reading their perspectives on the same scene/scenario.
My favourite part of Jack Jordan’s writing was feeling like I had to expect the unexpected. As I already mentioned, after the first couple of chapters, I thought I had an idea of where this story was going to go (not the intricacies or how’s but a rough idea). But then very quickly, the story came to a point where my questions were already answered so I knew there was going to be more to it. I didn’t know how much more and the element of surprise with this book was what kept me hooked.
Conclusion & Scoring 🎖
I loved listening to this book. The story was thrilling, the characters were relatable and real and the writing was gripping and smart. You should most definitely get a copy of this book and put yourself on do not disturb whilst you binge. I can’t wait to now go and ready Jack Jordan’s other work as I have quite obviously been living under a rock.