Wednesday's Child

Wednesday's Child

by Deborah N. Shlian

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Overview

HARTWOOD'S CHILDREN KNEW A SECRET. A BAD, BAD SECRET

It was Leigh Novak's second chance. She left behind her faithless husband to begin a new life with her young son Jeremy-as a family doctor in a small northern California town.

But Hartwood held a bitter welcome. Leigh's first patient, a child, died mysteriously in her office. And soon Leigh was too busy to spend much time with Jeremy. It seemed her only friend was Nora-the woman who took such good care of the town's little children. When Nora started taking care of Jeremy, he stopped getting angry, stopped crying, stopped telling lies....

Nora taught her children to be very, very good. If they were bad, she punished them. And if a child was very bad, Nora made sure he would never cry again....

"A haunting psychological thriller in the best-selling tradition of Mary Higgins Clark...."(LA Times)



"The book is eminently readable and as fast-paced, taut and compelling a medical psychodrama as has come along in years."(David Shobin, author of The Unborn)



"...I devoured it in two sittings! I found myself at the end of each chapter saying, 'well, maybe just one more....' It was spellbinding." (Mark B. Perry, TV writer and producer)



"Wow! This is dramatic, page-turning stuff-full of creepy villains." (George Anders, The Wall Street Journal)


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781583485613
Publisher: iUniverse, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/28/1999
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.72(d)

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Wednesday's Child 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
JSJStein on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was a page turner. I was up all night.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Wednesday's Child by Deborah and Joel Shlian is a tense and suspenseful medical thriller that kept me entertained all the way through. This writing team clearly excels in the competitive medical fiction arena, competing with the likes of Robin Cook, Tess Gerritson, Michael Palmer, Leonard Goldberg and Patricia Cornwell. I highly recommend this book to fans of medical thrillers and other mysteries who are looking for a real page turner.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wednesday's Child is an engaging and fast-paced story about a young physician, Dr. Leigh Novak and her four year old son, Jeremy. Mother and son move to a small town outside of San Francisco following Leigh's separation from her husband to take over an aging physician's family practice. Upon Leigh's arrival, the elderly physician suffers a massive stroke. Within hours, a small boy with chickenpox dies despite Leigh's heroic efforts to save him. While mom is dealing with the medical-legal ramifications of the boy's death, Jeremy is coping with the strange woman who runs his preschool nursery. Great start! This fast paced story is written with an elegant charm uncommon in books of this genre. During the wee hours of the morning, I kept promising myself, 'just one more' until I finished the final chapter!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wednesday's Child is one of the best suspense/thrillers I've read in a long time. My friend recommended it and I'm delighted that I took her suggestion. The authors made me want to do nothing but sit and read from the minute I opened the book. I thought the characters were very real -especially Leigh and Jeremy. The plot was fast-paced and heart pounding. The ending really caught me by surprise.I can't wait to read another book by the Shlians.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wednesday's Child is one of the most exciting mystery/thrillers I've read in a long time. The writing is wonderful, the plot is fast-paced and nerve-jangling with an ending I never expected. Lots of thrills and chills in this one.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wednesday's Child is a very well-written, suspenseful and highly entertaining novel. I especially enjoyed the fact that much of the story was told from the viewpoint of Jeremy Novak, a precocious 4 year old. The story was tight; everything came together at the end which had a terrific surprise. I loved it.
Guest More than 1 year ago

From the back cover:

'HARTWOOD'S CHILDREN KNEW A SECRET. A BAD, BAD SECRET...

It was Leigh Novak's second chance. Leigh's first patient, a child, died mysteriously in her office. And soon Leigh was too busy to spend much time with Jeremy. It seemed her only friend was Nora - the woman who took such good care of the town's little children. When Nora started taking care ofJeremy, he stopped getting angry, stopped crying, stopped telling lies...

Nora taught her children to be very, very good. If they were bad, she punished them. And if a child was very bad, Nora made sure he would never cry again...'

Riveting! You won't be able to put this one down, I guarantee it! WEDNESDAY'S CHILD is a roller coaster ride of the first order. Loved it. Believable characters you care about. Suspense that builds and when you're already on the edge of your seat, the authors turn the heat up. A bang-up ending. A medical thriller that is a sort of Robin Cook and Mary Higgins Clark blend. Not a lagging paragraph in the entire book. You won't want to miss this exciting thriller from the authors of SHOU.

Guest More than 1 year ago
Wednesday's Child is unsettling at times - the theme after all is about a child in jeopardy- but the story is always thrilling. Leigh, Jeremy, Parker and even Nora are characters you care about.Get ready to stay up all night for this one. It's a winner!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book never let me down. From start to finish I kept turning the pages while my heart pounded. As a nurse I found the medical descriptions authentic, but not overpowering. Leigh Novak is a great character. I really felt for her. Jeremy is a charmer. I ached for him as he tried unsuccessfully to tell those around him what was happening. The ending was a real suprise which made Wednesday's Child all the more satisfying.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wednesday's Child is a fast-paced, exciting novel from the opening words of the prologue to the very last sentence. I agree with the other reviewers who said that they could not put this book down - it gave me one very long, sleepless night! Leigh Novak was a character I could relate to - a single parent under so much stress that she almost lost sight of the most important thing in her life - her son, Jeremy. I thought this was really great.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When Leigh Novak graduated medical school she didn't think twice about using her husband Kyle's last name professionally - theirs was a special relationship. Suddenly 10 years later, Kyle has given up his medical practice and research position to run off with a would-be country singer half his age. Stunned, Leigh takes her 4 year old son Jeremy and moves from LA to a small town in Northern California where she plans to make a fresh start. But before she settles in, she loses her first patient, alienates herself from most of the townspeople and finds herself more alone than ever. Only Nora, the woman who takes such good care of the town's little children, befriends her. Unfortunately that friendship proves to be anything but... I don't want to give away what is an exciting and suspenseful climax.This was a terrific book! I heartily recommend it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great writing. I was in suspense from page 1. Nora was unbelievable. So evil! I had to read on to find out what had made her do the things she did. I'd love to read other books by these authors.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The characters were portrayed in such a way that they were life-like and sympathetic. As a physician it was easy to emphathize with the protagonist (Leigh) in her problems in trying to establish herself in a small town environment in which she was pre-judged as being at fault for a child's unfortunate death. The ending was as extremely exciting
Guest More than 1 year ago
Well written and cleverly structured, the reader aches to uncover the next plot twist. The characters are convincingly real; every parent will identify with tribulations of leaving their child in the care of others, no matter how capable the caregiver seems. This is the perfect book for vacation, travel or a rainy afternoon.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Written beautifully - short chapters kept me in focus - the episodes were tied together in a crescendo fashion and kept me involved all the way. Sentences were succinct and fully understandable. Theme held my interest throughout. I envisioned this as a movie because all the players came to life very easily pictured in my mind.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I found this book 'Wednesday's Child' by D and J Shlian to be written beautifully - the short chapters kept me in focus, the episodes were tied together in a crescendo fashion, and kept me involved all the way. Their sentences were so succinct and beautifully worded - it was a pleasure to follow the plot. Their style of writing was distinctive and very polished. I'm a sucker when it comes to abusing chidren, and I thought I'd be squeamish reading about Nora's children - I was hoping there'd be a happy ending for Jeremy, and luckily Leigh found her lawyer boyfriend to help me get over her disappointment in Kyle,her husband. I envisioned it as a movie because all the players came to life very easily pictured in my mind. In fact, I felt that I actually saw them from the writers' perfect descriptions. Looking forward to reading more of these authors' books.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wednesday's Child, the story of a precocious little boy who only tells tales because he misses his father and the trouble he gets into when he meets Nora, a very disturbed lady who has her own demons, takes you on a real roller coaster ride. The book left me breathless- I couldn't put it down. I loved it. The perfect book to take on a trip