His perfect woman will be his forever.
As an overworked NHS psychiatrist, Dr Clancy Mclean is used to dealing with mental illness. But she is stressed – trying to balance her career and the needs of her only child, Rowan. And she has her work cut out trying to keep her patients well. She knows two of them are psychotic, and becoming overwhelmed by their voices. If they act on them it could prove disastrous.
Rowan is troubled. Her boyfriend is abusive but she doesn’t want to end the relationship – she’s too scared of being lonely. Can she find someone else to keep her company?
And, as if Clancy doesn’t have enough to worry about, another of her patients is paranoid and convinced she is being stalked. Is it just a symptom of her mental illness?
Because there is a stalker on the prowl and he is getting closer to his victim with each passing day.
Lead Me Home is the authors debut novel. As debut novel’s go, it’s pretty impressive. You don’t get many books that centre round the mental health services so was good to actually have a main character who works in it.
The story flicks between four characters. Clancy and her daughter Rowan, Beth one of Clancy’s patients and an unknown character. Clancy is a hard working single mum trying to do her best and make ends meet. I really didn’t envy her job at all. She certainly seems to be snowed under with things looking like they are going to get even more complex.
Rowan is your typical teenager. At times I wanted to slap her and give her a good shake and had to remember what it was like to be that age again. It really isn’t an easy age and through her we get to see some of the issues surrounding social media.
Beth I really liked. She’s troubled but someone I took to straight away. She just wants to be save and loved and I think readers will certainly relate to her.
The story did leave some unanswered questions for me but as this is the first book in a new series, it has left me looking forward to more.
Lead Me Home is a really intriguing read. I love that it is very different to other crime thrillers as it isn’t a detective series making it a stand out read in it’s genre. I was so caught up with what was going on in the characters lives that I read it in one afternoon. Whilst I had worked some of what was going on out, the author still made sure they held some surprises in store for me, making it a thrilling and engrossing read. Great debut.
My thanks to Bloodhound Books and NetGalley for an advanced readers copy of this book. All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway.
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CS Savage is a psychiatrist, and a life long fan of mystery/suspense and crime fiction.
She works and lives in South London with her family and two dogs, but spends as much time as she can in her Lake District retreat.
She followed her life long ambition to write two years ago, and is an alumni of the Faber academy.
Lead Me Home is her debut novel, and she is currently working on the sequel.