The Good Doctor by Jessica Payne

Published: June 14, 2023


Pages: 391

Genre: Medical Thriller

KKECReads Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I received a copy of this book for free, and I leave my review voluntarily.

Jessica Payne is the author of MAKE ME DISAPPEAR and THE LUCKY ONE. She lives in the Pacific Northwest where the mountains and Puget Sound are home. Beyond writing, she loves to run, rock climb, and explore the great outdoors with her daughter and husband. When holding still, which isn’t often, you’ll find a book in her hand and a cat or dog in her lap. Jessica writes suspense and thriller and is the host of #MomsWritersClub on Twitter and YouTube.

I’m so excited for my life with Elton—we’ve even discussed which room would make the perfect nursery. And we’re working together in our new jobs in the ICU at Portland General hospital.

But when I walk in on my first day, I see my ex-husband Jameson. His familiar broad shoulders are unmistakable in his white doctor’s coat. The shock knocks the air from my lungs.

I’m thrown back to the moment Jameson and I gathered around that hospital bed as the steady beeping on the monitor slowed.

We did something unforgivable that day.
And for the first time, I saw who Jameson truly was.
The truth scared me more than I can explain.
So I ran.

If Jameson tells Elton what I did, I’ll lose everything. Will he destroy my new, perfect life? Is he still a danger to the innocent patients all around us? And how far will I have to go to stop him?

“This time will be perfect.”

Chloe is excited about her fresh start as a nurse practitioner. More so to be doing this with her amazing fiancé, Elton. They met as travel nurses, and despite Chloe having some baggage, they were in love. Until Chloe realizes she will be working under her ex-husband. And then patients start dying.

This was a wild ride. I enjoyed the alternating narrators and timelines. And the way this plot was layered. The twists and turns were so deceptive.

The characters were well thought out and had great story arcs. Chloe seemed like a nice woman with a tragic past who just wanted to be connected to someone. Elton seemed like the loving partner who wanted to support his fiancée in any way possible. Jamison seemed arrogant, but in the way good doctors can be.

The build-up for this was intense, and the way the story is told, you don’t know who to trust or what to believe. Jessica is so gifted in weaving a plot filled with chaos.

This was a fast-paced and intense read. It is impossible to find a safe place to pause, so there is a good chance this book will keep you up all night.

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