‘Now if I carry out this oath, and break it not, may I gain for ever reputation among all men for my life and for my art; but if I break it and forswear myself, may the opposite befall me.’
~ from the Hippocratic Oath (translated by WHS Jones)
Psychiatrists, Drs Whittle and Grosvenor, have dedicated their lives to helping their patients, but their approach, and the complications it reveals, lead them into relationships that harm not only themselves.
As their lives entangle, both men find that doing no harm is not as cut-and-dried as they perceived.
Can the patients in their care really trust them?
Or are more sinister motives at work?
Delve into the dark world of psychiatric institutions where doctors and residents play a dangerous game where no one is infallible!
Glasshouse by Morwenna Blackwood is the second novel in the series. While I think some of the events and characters are tied into the first novel, I still had no issues reading this as a standalone. However, I want to read the first, now!
Wow. Glasshouse is quite a book. This isn’t one I flew through, rather, I had to sit and carefully read. It is one that made me think. I’m still thinking about it and I read the book last week.
This is not your typical structure for a novel. We don’t really get chapters. The breaks come from POV switches. I found this really intriguing. It takes a very talented author to pull this off, and this author does just that.
Glasshouse is making statements about mental illness, its treatment, and the issues that can happen when institutions aren’t run properly. Unsettling, but something that really left me processing.
This is a five star read for me. The writing is brilliant, the characters are incredibly deep, and the entire novel has sat with me for over a week. Highly recommended.
*I received a free copy of this book from Rachel’s Random Resources to review honestly on the blog tour. All opinions are my own and unbiased.*
When Morwenna Blackwood was six years old, she got told off for filling a school exercise book with an endless story when she should have been listening to the teacher/eating her tea/colouring with her friends. The story was about a frog. It never did end; and Morwenna never looked back.
Born and raised in Devon, Morwenna suffered from severe OCD and depression, and spent her childhood and teens in libraries. She travelled about for a decade before returning to Devon.
She now has an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Exeter, and lives with her husband, son and three cats in a cottage that Bilbo Baggins would be proud of. Her debut psychological thriller, The (D)Evolution of Us, is published by #darkstroke, and has become an Amazon best-seller. When she is not writing, Morwenna works for an animal rescue charity, or can be found down by the sea.
She often thinks about that frog.
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