Originally published: 28 August 2018
Author: Emily Bleeker
Published by: Lake Union Publishing
Genre: Domestic thriller
Page count: 268
Reading dates: 24-27 August 2018
Star Rating: 4/5
After her husband’s death, very shortly after the birth of her daughter, postnatal depression (PND) has taken hold of Veronica. She is in such a state emotionally that she can’t even bear to touch her own daughter and her mum now lives with her to look after her baby daughter Sophie and help take care of her.
Veronica’s mum persuades her to visit a therapist and while she is out one day, her house alarm goes off and she is sure someone has broken into her house, despite there being no evidence. Then she discovers some sketches in her studio that she has no memory of drawing. After a night out, Veronica is determined to try and be a better mother, but after falling asleep in the nursery she awakens to find her daughter missing. Because of her postnatal depression, the police suspect her of having something to do with her daughters disappearance.
This is a difficult review to write without giving away any of the many twists and turns so I’ll stop there! I think the depiction of PND was realistic and I couldn’t help but feel genuinely sympathetic to Veronica. Her mental health and her visits to see a therapist feel sincere and some of her feelings made me feel quite emotional.
I thought this book was well written. I enjoyed this short, snappy suspense filled book and I look forward to more by this author.
The Waiting Room by Emily Bleeker is published in paperback and eBook on 28th August by Lake Union Publishing. Thank you to ed public relations and the author for sending me this book in return for an honest review.
About the author:
Emily Bleeker is a mom of four, an author and Chicagoland native. Her first novel, WRECKAGE, was released by Lake Union Publishing in March 2015. Her second book, WHEN I’M GONE, hit the shelves in March 2016 and is a Wall Street Journal bestseller. Her third book, WORKING FIRE, was published in August 2017. She is learning to balance life as a stay-at-home mom with her life as a writer. Both come with a lot of laughter, tears and a shocking amount of Diet Coke.