I’m going to confidently predict that this book will zoom straight in to the Sunday Times Top Ten now it’s out in paperback…
Yes, I know I’m not really sticking my neck out on this one. It’s one of these books that screams, “Massive hit!” as soon as you’ve turned a few pages.
Also, you end up thinking, “Why didn’t I think of this idea?” Although, naturally, if I were as inspired as Jack Jordan, I wouldn’t end up with such a great book. This man can clearly write a fabulous thriller for fun.
What’s the great storyline behind this one?
Anna is a heart surgeon, and in a couple of days will be operating on a VIP patient, whose identity is so secret he’s not even being referred to by name in the hospital where she works. Someone, though, has seen the opportunity to kill this man without even getting close to him – by getting Anna to do it. And as an incentive to ensure she complies, they’ve kidnapped her 8-year-old son. She’s not to inform the authorities, but go to work and get on with life as normal. Then, when the time comes, make sure Mr X doesn’t survive his heart surgery…
Who else is involved in the book?
There’s Margot, a nurse Anna works with who has big financial struggles and needs some quick cash but doesn’t foresee the impact of her actions. Then there’s Rachel, a DI who’s investigating an entirely different crime – but she wants to speak to Zack, Anna’s son. Anna is obviously forced to stonewall her. Will this lead her into doing some digging – something which would be problematic for Anna, obviously?
I’m not going to spoil the storyline by telling you much more…
All you really need to know is, it throws you around like fairground waltzers and will have you reading until your eyes are gritty and you’re yawning at work the next day.
Jack Jordan looks ridiculously youthful for being such a fantastically accomplished thriller writer – he really knows how to create tense scenarios. I couldn’t have been happier when I realised I already had previous books My Girl and Anything For Her.
And heck, if you don’t believe me, just check out all the other great reviews!
Absolutely perfect for a wet weekend’s reading – just make sure you don’t have anything planned!
With thanks to Tracy Fenton of Compulsive Readers for organising this paperback book blast, and to Simon & Schuster for the ARC. This has not affected my opinion and this is an honest review.
Jack Jordan, the author
BLURB: MY CHILD HAS BEEN TAKEN.
AND I’VE BEEN GIVEN A CHOICE . . .
KILL A PATIENT ON THE OPERATING TABLE
OR LOSE MY SON FOREVER.
The man lies on the table in front of me.
As a surgeon, it’s my job to save him.
As a mother, I know I must kill him.
You might think that I’m a monster.
But there really is only one choice.
I must get away with murder.
Or I will never see my son again.
I’VE SAVED MANY LIVES.
WOULD YOU TRUST ME WITH YOURS?
One thought on “Book Review – March 2023 – Do No Harm – Jack Jordan”
That is a really, really interesting premise for a story! I can see how it would draw a reader in.