Under the auspices of a stellar attending doctor, medical student Annabel Tilson flourishes on her psychiatry rotation where Victor Blake is the first patient safely ensconced in her care. While other complex and unexpected patients come under the psychiatry team's care and Annabel dabbles in her own risky behavior, Victor is ready for discharge and is sent home. In the coming week after her star patient is given his freedom, however, Annabel and her mentor have no idea about the harrowing cascade of events taking place.
Readers beware: this chilling psychiatric patient will impact them all.
Please enjoy DEADLY DELUSIONS which is Book Two in the medical and personal adventures of medical student Annabel Tilson. Book One is DEAD STILL. Each book is also a standalone novel.
Annabel's novels are a spinoff from her father's series, The Dr. Danny Tilson Novels, especially Book Four - Secondary Impact. Those books are:
Book One: Operation Neurosurgeon
Book Two: Silent Fear: a Medical Mystery (also an audiobook)
Book Three: Collateral Circulation: a Medical Mystery (also an audiobook)
Book Four: Secondary Impact suspense/thriller
Victor raised his eyebrows in surprise. “I had a skateboard when I was little but stopped riding it. Later, I watched other kids play basketball. At first I wanted to shoot baskets like them but then I was unmotivated and they pretended I wasn’t on the spectator’s bench.”
“What about friends outside of basketball?”
Victor twitched one shoulder. “Nah. Over time, I was different from everybody at school. It was easier to go home where my mother let me buy turtles at first. Afterwards, I had two gerbils. Of course, I switched later to other things.”
Annabel made another key point for her ongoing paper project. ‘Progressive social isolation.’
“Having pets taught you to care for other living things,” Selina said, “so I’m glad you mother allowed you to keep them. Perhaps through the group therapy sessions, you can talk more at ease with patients like yourself. It’s a start … to be less withdrawn. Engaging in some activities with family or friends is productive and keeps patients like you centered in the real world.”
“Okay, doc.” He stood up. “I want to come back on Wednesday for that. Can I go now?”
“Yes, Victor, you may take off. Keep up the good work.”
“Good bye,” Annabel said. “Thanks for helping me with my education.”
Victor smiled. “As long as you don’t make fun of me,” he said.
“Never,” Annabel replied.
“You can write the update,” Dr. Keeton said when Victor left, “and I’ll sign the progress note if it meets with my approval. Our star paranoid schizophrenic is managing his illness.”
Annabel felt confident her note would be worthy of Selina’s signature.
3 out of 5 (good)
Independent Reviewer for Archaeolibrarian - I Dig Good Books!
This was a weird one. I enjoyed reading it, for the most part. As I sit here, typing my review and reflecting back on the story, I’m having a hard time deciding how to critique the story based upon my rating, so bear with me here.
The first chunk of the story was full of medical jargon. There are names and descriptions, page after page. I understand it was to try to explain the disorders that the characters were dealing with, as a person outside of the medical field, it was a little too much. There were so many different things put out there I couldn’t tell you for sure what they were and the details about them. I think this fact made it feel like the story was a very slow start.
The story line really started to get better about 2/3rd of the way through. There weren’t so many disorders being described in such detail it made them hard to understand. You got a better idea of the disorder based on the patients. During this time you learned more about the characters and the true part of the story they played. This section of the story is the reason I kept reading, I was invested, to say the least.
The last 1/3rd of the book really gets interesting. I don’t want to ruin the story for you so I won’t go into detail, but you’ll really want to read to the end of the book. The suspense part of the story happens here and the author did a good job building up the suspense during this section. It really kept me reading and had my mind going several different directions.
Overall, it was a good read. It was a slow start but a strong finish I feel. If you enjoy medical books with the medical jargon being used then you’ll really enjoy this story and the way that the author writes. One thing I feel that might be important is that while this book is book 2 in this series and is meant to be read as a standalone, I think you might benefit from reading book one first.
* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and my comments here are my honest opinion. *
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Barbara's Ebel's writing draws heavily from her experience as an anesthesiologist. As a physician, speaker, and former chemist, she sprinkles credible medicine into the background of her fiction where plots and vivid characters take center stage and her O.R. scenes shine.
She penned the Dr. Danny Tilson novels before the Annabel Tilson novels DEAD STILL and DEADLY DELUSIONS. Her Dr. Danny Tilson novels have received a multitude of accolades including but not limited to: Collateral Circulation was the National Indie Excellence Award 2015 Finalist for medical thrillers and Operation Neurosurgeon was the top finalist for best-selling medical mystery books in 2012. (Best Selling Books' blog announced on PR Buzz Press Release Wire, Chicago, IL).
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