The cover of Dr Glass by Louise Worthington

Dr Glass is Louise Worthington’s latest psychological thriller, and follows clinical psychologist Dr Emma-Jane Glass.

Thank you to Rachel of Rachel’s Random Resources for organising this book tour and giving me an Advanced Review Copy of Dr Glass in return for an honest review.

Dr Glass follows Dr Emma-Jane Glass, a clinical psychologist. She has recently written an article about the psychology of matricide, and is interviewed on local radio. Shortly after, Emma-Jane begins receiving hate mail and then is kidnapped in this shocking psychological thriller.

You can find Dr. Glass on Amazon in paperback and on Kindle. It’s also available to read for free with a Kindle Unlimited subscription.

My review

I am a fan of Louise’s work, having previously read her books Distorted DaysRosie Shadow and her short story collection, Stained Glass Lives, so I was really excited to read Dr Glass! This story does have some trigger warnings for suicide, self-harm and murder. It’s incredibly dark and a little disturbing at times, but a great read.

Louise has an amazing way with words and writes beautiful, poetic prose that is always very evocative and moving. Dr Glass is no exception! Here is one of my favourite sections:

She hears his grief, like ghosts playing in an orchestra. It’s snowflakes, it’s an avalanche, and it’s a lightbulb popping. His grief is fierce, a sharp pain. Its huge is coloured by the nature of the deaths, premature: one suicide, one murder. Like a season stopped prematurely, from summer to autumn. Like a tree that has disrobed itself of leaves and colour having been in full life, full bloom, the sap rising. Rising.

The first half of the book is slower paced, as we are introduced to the characters. Each of the first few chapters are told from different points of view. I tend to enjoy more character-driven stories and so I really enjoyed this insight into the motivations of each person. Each character felt incredibly realistic, with a distinct voice. Even though many of them are dislikeable for various reasons, this made them feel even more life-like — it was hard to really like any of the characters. But this is what I enjoy about Louise’s books! The morally grey outlook of each character is very human and relatable.

After Emma-Jane is kidnapped, the pace of the story picks up and I was absolutely hooked. I did find parts of the story and her captivity quite disturbing, but I think that makes it all the more shocking when Emma-Jane begins to have feelings for her kidnapper.

This is a really gripping read and I really enjoyed it. It’s a tough read at times but very thought-provoking too. It’s the perfect blend of thought-provoking ideas and dark, disturbing psychological thriller. This is the first in a new series, Glass Minds, and so I’m looking forward to reading more!

The blurb for Dr Glass

Clinical psychologist Dr Emma-Jane Glass falls for her captor when the roles of client and therapist are reversed in a psychologically layered story of revenge and grief. Is it a case of Stockholm Syndrome, or something else?

When Dr Emma-Jane Glass’ interview on local radio is deemed to be sympathetic towards a mother’s actions to kill herself and young child, Drew Rogers hatches a plan to teach the psychologist a thing or two about being left behind as a spouse. Abducted and held captive in an empty property, Dr Glass swaps places in the psychologist’s chair.

Drew puts the motivation of his wife’s actions down to his extra-marital affairs, but then the sordid truth behind his family’s disappearance is revealed.

Hard-hitting and emotional, Dr Glass is the first novel in the Glass Minds Series from the author of Rachel’s Garden, The Entrepreneur, Willow Weeps and Rosie Shadow.

You can find Dr. Glass on Amazon in paperback and on Kindle. It’s also available to read for free with a Kindle Unlimited subscription.

Louise WorthingtonAbout the author, Louise Worthington

Louise is the author of the psychological thrillers Rachel’s Garden, Willow Weeps, the Entrepreneur, and the horror novel, Rosie Shadow, book one in the Black Tongue Series.

Born in Cheshire, England, Louise studied literature at the University of Essex. As a teenager she read until the small hours, enjoying the darker worlds conjured by Stephen King and Daphne du Maurier.

When Louise isn’t reading or writing, you’ll most likely find her outside enjoying the Shropshire countryside with her husband or messing about with her daughter, and furry and feathered friends.

You can find out more about Louise on her website at louiseworthington.co.uk, as well as follow her on FacebookTwitter and YouTube for updates.

About the blog tour

I was sent a free copy of Dr Glass to review by Rachel of Rachel’s Random Resources as part of a blog tour — you can view the full tour schedule below. Check out these amazing bloggers and Instagrammers for book reviews, guest posts and extra content!

The full blog tour for Dr Glass