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Book Review: In the Light of What We See – Sarah Painter *****

UK Publishing Date: 1 Apr 2016. 330 pages.

This is a tale of two extraordinary women separated by eighty years but both bound together by the Royal Sussex Hospital in Brighton.

In 1938 Grace Kemp starts at the hospital as a trainee nurse. Abused by her father’s friend she found herself pregnant and disgraced. A brutal beating from her father sorted out the pregnancy problem but now she is alone and trying to find her place in the world and get a good career. The hospital isn’t without its own threats in the form of lecherous doctors and there are further complications when Grace begins to realise that she can sense illness before it manifests itself.

Mina Morgan is brought to the same hospital eighty years later. Although she works in the hospital as a therapeutic radiographer she has been involved in a terrible car accident that left her in a coma for a week and has extensive head, back and limb injuries. Suffering from amnesia she starts to piece together the person that she was before the crash and begins to realise that everything is not as it would seem. Lapsing in and out of consciousness she starts to see her own apparitions of a nurse in an ancient looking uniform.

Like with her previous books The Language of Spells and the Secrets of Ghosts, Sarah Painter has the most exquisite touch when merging a modern story with a touch of the supernatural. This is one of those books that you just don’t want to put down. A gripping and suspenseful thriller combined with beautifully crafted characters that feel like friends.

Supplied by Net Galley and the Publisher in exchange for an honest review.

In the Light of What We See

Categories: 5 Stars Book Review

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Prolific reader, enthusiastic theatre and movie-goer and ex-Olivier Awards judge who spent twenty years working in the music industry in London. Sharing my house with a gorgeous cockapoo called Harry who has taken over completely.
I love sharing my favourite books with friends - nearly always spoiler-free as I hate reading a synopsis of the whole book in other reviews.


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