The Doctor

The Doctor

by Lisa Stone

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Overview

‘I was gripped immediately’ Katerina Diamond, Sunday Times bestseller

How much do you know about the couple next door?

When Emily and Ben move in next door to Dr Burman and his wife Alisha, they are keen to get to know their new neighbours. Outgoing and sociable, Emily tries to befriend the doctor’s wife, but Alisha is strangely subdued, barely leaving the house, and terrified of answering the phone.

When Emily goes missing a few weeks later, Ben is plunged into a panic. His wife has left him a note, but can she really have abandoned him for another man? Or has Emily’s curiosity about the couple next door led her straight into danger?

A gripping, sinister thriller with a twist you won’t see coming from the international bestseller Lisa Stone.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780008322939
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 06/24/2019
Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 390
Sales rank: 1,419
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

“As a writer of suspense thrillers I often ask myself what if? What if this happened instead of that? Or why a particular person reacted as they did. So often fact is stranger than fiction; these books start with a fact which I develop.”

Lisa Stone lives in England, has 3 children, and 27 books published under the pseudonym Cathy Glass, many of which have become best-sellers.

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The Doctor 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous 3 days ago
I don't think I want to read another book by this writer. Just too weird.
Teri1957 10 days ago
I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Lisa Stone has brought out the perverse nature of human beings in this book about cryogenics and domestic abuse. The story is a little slow going to begin with but within a few pages the demonic nature of one of the main characters becomes clear. I would recommend this book to those that do not get upset about the shortcomings of man. Enjoy!
linstrong12 13 days ago
Emily and Ben have moved next door to Dr. Burman and his wife, Alisha. Alisha never seems to leave the house .. she doesn't talk on the phone. Her husband spends a lot of his time in a building out back that he keeps padlocked. What's he hiding? Their cat, Tibs, goes missing. Dr. Burman brings to Emily the cat's collar ... supposedly he found it in his yard. And then Emily goes missing ... leaving a note stating she was leaving Ben ..and their small son.. for another man. Really? There is so much more to this story than the few lines above. There are secrets and lies and just plain evil involved. This was a fast read for me .. I just had to know what was coming next. It definitely will make you wonder who your neighbors really are. The reader learns early on exactly what is happening, but that only whets the appetite to discover what comes next. It kept me gripped until the final unpredictable ending. Many thanks to the author / Avon Books UK / Netgalley for the digital copy of this psychological thriller. Read and reviewed voluntarily. opinions expressed here are unbiased and entirely my own.
CapriciousNiteOwl 3 months ago
Did you ever wonder what would happen if you mixed a little bit of mad scientist with a pinch of nosy neighbor? Well, if you did and you want to find out what will come out of this interesting concoction, read “The Doctor”. This book is a unique and cleverly written domestic thriller that will make your skin crawl at times. Yes, the plot is a little predictable, but there is enough of twist and turns and sci-fi mixed into it that the book will still keep you engaged and turning pages. I really enjoyed the scientific/medical background of the plot, as I myself am a scientist by trade :). Therefore, if you want to read a good thriller with an original and refreshing plot, I think this is the book for you. Thank you NetGalley, Avon Books, and the author, Lisa Stone, for giving me an opportunity to read an ARC of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.
Mimiphilly 4 months ago
This ARC was courtesy of netgalley - all opinions are mine and unbiased Loved this This story is well written and the characters really accessible. . The subject matter was different to the norm and I really liked that -the author has worked hard with research and it shows. A little slow starting so found it initially difficult to get into but once into, I couldn't put down - I just had to know what happened next !! Genuinely didn't see the twist coming and actually gasped out loud!!! Loved the ending - loved it all !!!
miss_mesmerized 4 months ago
When Emily and Ben move to their new home, they find their neighbours a bit strange, but that’s just how it is at times. Even though Emily tries again and again to get in contact with Alisha, the woman refuses all kind of interaction. Only when one day, Emily accidentally stands in front of their house and hears cries for help, the neighbour thaws a bit. What she has to tell is awful: not only is she seriously ill, but the couple hides a disabled child in their home. Alisha is highly scared of her husband Dr Burman, an anaesthetist and control-freak who made her cut all bonds to her family and friends. The women work out how to trick him and for the next couple of weeks, they meet regularly in secret. But what Alisha always feared one day happens: her husband finds out about their meetings and swears that Emily will have to pay for intruding his house. Lisa Stone’s thriller is an addictive and gripping story that captivates you at once and keeps you from putting the book down. The author reduced the characters to an absolute minimum, focussing on the two couples and their complex relationships. Especially the one between Mr and Mrs Burman is not only highly interesting, but – unfortunately - authentic and more than plausible. He is the prototype of an abusive husband who egoistically puts everybody and everything after his own will. The plot is not very surprising, since you get all characters’ perspectives, you know what they are up to and what to await. Yet, this doesn’t reduce suspense even a bit, since the story is simply terrifying and fascinating in the most awful way. Mr Burman’s medical research in his shed directly comes from a science-fiction horror show, but, and that is the creepy part of it, what he is doing has been dreamt of by medical doctors and other researchers for centuries and now we seem to be in the possession of the knowledge and the means to make it reality. I highly enjoyed reading this psychological thriller for its captivating and spine-tingling plot.
M-Harrison1 5 months ago
Ok first up you need to be aware that once you start this book you won’t be able to stop reading it! This one kept me up reading well into the early hours of the morning, and is one of the most intriguing stories I have ever read. I was hooked on the blurb straight away, but when I got stuck into it, this story was so much more than I thought it was going to be. It was definitely a surprise, and the subject matter of Cryonics, which is not mentioned in the blurb is quite chilling. I must admit that Cryonics is a subject that I really didn’t know anything about, but Lisa has researched this complex subject throughly and makes it easy for the reader to understand. I did have mixed emotions on this topic, from being fascinated to quite scared by it. If you were given the option of being able to live forever, what would you do? The main characters of this story were very well written, developed and are very believable. Doctor Amit Burman, who I can only describe as a modern day Victor Frankenstein, is the most despicable character. He is a violent abuser who will stop at nothing to get what he wants. He is definitely the sinister presence in the story. Alisha, Amit’s wife, is a sad and lonely woman that is basically held captive in her home and is forbidden from having any friends. Her life is literally under constant surveillance monitored by CCTV from her overbearing husband not only so he can keep tabs on her when he is not at home, but to also keep unwanted visitors from coming in, which is to protect the secret that they are hiding within the house. My heart went out to Alisha who is very fragile woman and I went straight into protective mode of her. Emily who lives next door to the Burman’s, is relentless in trying to befriend Alisha. I found her to be a bit of a busy body at the start, constantly watching the house and trying to force herself onto Alisha, that it makes you question her motives as to does she really want to be friends with Alisha or is it more that she just wants a sticky nose into their lives. She did grow on me though with her kindness and she does becomes a great ally for Alisha even though it could cost her her life. This is a chilling read that had me enthralled from the get go with a surprising twist at the end that got under my skin and gave me goosebumps. Although in parts it is hard to read, it is a fascinating story that I definitely recommend. I do have to make mention that this book although an addictive read, it does have some very dark aspects that could be distressing to some readers. It touches on domestic violence, child abuse, elderly abuse and animal abuse. This is only the third book written by Lisa Stone (She is an established author under the pseudonym of Cathy Glass writing in the True Life Stories and Inspirational Memoirs genres). In my opinion she is a rising star in the thriller genre and I can’t wait to what she comes up with next! Thank-you to #NetGalley, #AvonBooksUK and #LisaStone for allowing me to read an advance copy of The Doctor in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own and are not biased in anyway.