Well, well I have found myself a favourite author I believe! I have just finished `Attic of the Mind' by Hemmie Martin; a book which I found myself actively trying not to finish because I was so gripped and intrigued! Attic of the Mind is a psychological thriller about revenge, love and manipulation. It'd dark, violent, and gripping to the point that I was gasping as I read in places and in awe of the beautiful 'turns of phrase' in others. If I could write a book like this and magic up such ideas, I would be very proud of myself indeed, so thanks Hemmie, and well done! So, if you'd like to read something twist filled, to keep you on the edge of your seat, and with characters you will care about, then I highly recommend you read this book. I am going to read more by this author! 5* all the way. :-)
I read this book in 2 days, haven't been grabbed by a story like that in a long time. Full of interesting twists and turns and I felt I knew all the characters really well and needed to know what happened to them next. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good thriller
A fascinating read following the lives of characters who met briefly and one of whom, a young doctor, made an error of judgement (a difficult path that most of us would have opted out of). Another character, a charge nurse, is just plain .... Hmm, will leave it to you to add an appropriate word when you have read it! The doctor's lack of action comes back to change his life drastically years later, having affected him over the intervening years. The novel is very well written with a brilliant plot - I couldn't put it down.
This is a taut psychological story that involves dealing with past and moving on in the future. The central character Lilith Fields was a vulnerable woman who refuses to be trapped emotionally by her past. This book is about finding strength from within; its about hope and struggle against a backdrop of people struggling with their own demons.
A really good read, it is gripping right from the start with a set of characters that are both compelling and astounding. Walker is the villain of the piece and what a villain he is! Actually, as the book progresses you realise how complicated he is and personally I would like to know more about him, for example, what events in his past led him to act in the various ways he does. One scene in particular, later on in the book, was shocking, leaving me wondering about his childhood. Having said that, the book is really about Lily's journey - Walker's victim from so many years before who puts herself in the line of fire again in order to bring about retribution. Nathan too, the doctor who could have helped Lily years before but turned a blind eye is central to the story. He has many demons to fight, guilt being chief amongst them but we see him grow over the course of the book and his actions go some way towards redemption. However, given what the pair of them have endured, the end is just the beginning for them and rightly so. Setting a good pace throughout, I devoured the book in less than three days - whilst it's not exactly beach reading, that's exactly where I was, on the beach in Spain and it made the holiday all the more enjoyable for it! A cracking read I'd recommend.
“Attic of the Mind” is the gripping tale set 25 years after Lilith Fields was a patient of a psychiatric ward, and suffered abuse at the hands of Walker, the supposed trusted ward nurse. Lily has waited, and suffered, for a lifetime for her moment to extract revenge on Walker, and Dr Nathan Rine, the trainee doctor who chose to stand by, thinking of his own future career and allowed her abuse to continue, unreported. However, will Lily be able to see her plans through in order to claim her long awaited happy ending, or will her demons prove too strong for her to overcome?
I found this story gripping and very difficult to put down. Each chapter ended in such a way that it was impossible not to continue. The characters are very well developed, and they are all very “real”, each with their own flaws, issues and secrets, making the story even more believable.
I thought the plot was well developed. The subject of abuse would always be a difficult topic to read about, and initially I thought I may find sections of this story hard because of this. However, the author handled the subject very sensitively, and no difficult details were elaborated upon more than they needed to be. This doesn’t mean that the story is any less hard hitting, or the plot hindered in any way – it isn’t. The author gives just enough information, in such a way that your imagination is able to piece together what has happened without actually reading lots of harrowing details.
I also thought it was a plus how even though Walker is the obvious hated character of the story, he has a section of his own childhood and private life opened up by the author, allowing you to see reasons as to why he became such a dark and destructive man, and inflicted so much pain on his victims.
I would recommend this story – how can you not love a book full of suspense, cliff-hangers, and with a huge twist at the end!!?
***This book was given free for an honest review***