To live or to Die…. Book Review: The Doctor by Lisa Stone.

19 Oct
To live or to Die…. Book Review: The Doctor by Lisa Stone.

I had seen this book talked about on Twitter pre release. I was lucky enough to be sent a copy via Avon publishers, so thank you very much. After the reading the blurb at the back, I was hopeful this would be an addictive thriller, and I was right. The Doctor is a fantastic read!


How much do you know about the couple next door?

When Emily and Ben move in next door to Dr Burman and his wife Alisha, they are keen to get to know their new neighbours. Outgoing and sociable, Emily tries to befriend the doctor’s wife, but Alisha is strangely subdued, barely leaving the house, and terrified of answering the phone.

When Emily goes missing a few weeks later, Ben is plunged into a panic. His wife has left him a note, but can she really have abandoned him for another man? Or has Emily’s curiosity about the couple next door led her straight into danger?

My Thoughts:

The Doctor had me gripped from the first chapter. We meet anaesthetist Dr Burman and his wife Alisha. Immediately I got the sense that something wasn’t right with this couple. We also meet their neighbours Emily and Ben, happily married with a young son. As the story goes forward we get more of a sense of the characters and their relationships. Emily and Ben, seemingly a happy “normal” couple. And Dr Burman- a bit strange and very studious about learning what he considers to be his trade and how he can become a “credit to medical science”!! 🤤. Then Alisha Burman who is ill and doesn’t leave the house. Does her husband love and protect her so much that he does everything for her…… or not????

As each chapter got ingested into my bookish brain, I became more and more anxious for the females in this plot. Dr Burman may be considered a Dr Death or Dr Life…… depending on whose point of view you see it from.

This is the first book I have read by this Author, Lisa Stone. For a first book, it has made me want to read many more of her words of thrilling fiction.

I read this book fast and later at night than I should of. It was most definitely a case of ‘ just one more chapter’.

It was fantastic to read a thriller with a unique plot which totally had me engrossed from the first to the last page. I don’t know how true the medical facts are in the book, but for me involving cryonics in the plot was something different, exciting and thrilling.

As five star read for me and I highly recommend it to readers who enjoy a thriller with a difference.




Posted by on October 19, 2019 in Books


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5 responses to “To live or to Die…. Book Review: The Doctor by Lisa Stone.

  1. irena_bookdustmagic

    October 22, 2019 at 3:22 pm

    I am not as active on Twitter so I missed the hype this book was getting. Tbh, you are the one who presented it to me.
    Sounds like a really intense read, especially if it kept you awake.
    If you gave it five stars, then I know it’s worth it!

    • chocolatepages

      October 22, 2019 at 6:40 pm

      Thank you, yes it is one of the better books I have read this year. There are only a few I have given 5 stars to this year. I hope to get a few more in before the end of the year. 🤞

  2. Meggy | Chocolate'n'Waffles

    October 28, 2019 at 9:49 am

    Amazing review! I feared the hype would set my expectations too high but your review makes me believe I am going to love this book! xxx

    • chocolatepages

      October 29, 2019 at 8:15 pm

      I hope you do love it aswell. I did look at the reviews before I read it. There are lots of high ones but also a couple of low ones so I was hoping I would enjoy it and I really did. So much so that I feel in a bit of a slump because of it. 🙄


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