Welcome to my stop on another fab blog tour organised by Blackthorn Book Tours.
As you can see see from the title of this post today’s book tour is for BIRTHRIGHTS by Carly Rheilan!!
Publisher: Amazon Digital Service
Genre: Psychological Thriller, Fiction
Publication Date: 17th September 2019
Print length: 220 pages
Purchase link: mybook.to/BirthRights
Synopsis/Blurb (provided by Blackthorn Book Tours):
Sometimes the perfect pregnancy is less than skin deep…
A young man watches as a heavily pregnant doctor is stabbed in the street. He sees the knife, swinging down into that rounded belly, again and again, deep to the hilt.
A few minutes later, the doctor has gone. Nobody believes what the man has seen. For Ana, the doctor, the incident is problematic. Back home, she peels off the damaged pretence of her pregnancy, a beautifully crafted garment, padded and slung across her abdomen. And she begins to realise that a story she has crafted with even greater care, is about to unravel.
Praise for Birthrights
***** “Haunting, thoughtful, tender exploration of some of life’s most profound challenges” Malve von Hassell, author of Alina and The Struggle for Eden
***** “This thriller will both entertain you and open your eyes to real struggles going on worldwide today. It is a must-read without a doubt!” Tessa Talks Books and more, Vine Voice
***** “This is a book which explores life through cracks in reality. There are cracks in plaster, cracks under doors, cracks in truth and cracks in the heart. Light filtering through under a door both illuminates and obfuscates – but which is the truth?…. The novel of the year in my view.” Kerensa Jennings, Author of Seas of Snow
My Thoughts & Review
After reading the description for this book, I knew I had to read it!!
BirthRights is a well-crafted read. Yes it is quite dark and disturbing at times but it’s just what I like in a good thriller. I found the plot to be very interesting . I learnt some interesting things about the different mental health issues that are covered, especially about Tourette’s and Schizophrenia.
Immediately after finishing the book I thought that this was a very well researched book, but after a little more research about the author I discovered that Carly Rheilan actually worked as a psychiatric nurse, and you can really see Carly’s in-depth knowledge show throughout the book.
I thought the BirthRights is well written. I found it gets right to the point, while at the same time has enough details to you visualise the unfolding storyline. There are also plenty of twists that keep you wanting more. One thing that did niggle me slightly was the predictable ending. I did work out how it would end quiet early on but it was still a satisfying ending.
Now to the characters. Well what can I say, they were just so good. Each character was unique and each had their own metal health issue to contend with. Seeing how each characters struggled to cope made this an interesting read, as it made them feel very realistic. Another thing I liked about the different characters and how they developed was that you never quiet knew who to back and trust. As for the main protagonist, Dr Ana Griffin, I just couldn’t decide if I liked her or not. One minute I was rooting for her to succeed and the next I didn’t agree with her actions/decisions, but then as you read on you learn why she does the things and then you’re back to liking her again and at the same time feel sorry for her. I also really liked the fact that although a psychiatric Dr herself she too was hiding her own mental health issues from work colleagues.
Overall BIRTHRIGHTS was a great book and can’t wait to check out more books by Carly. I recommend this to anyone looking for a unique, fast paced psychological thriller. Saying that some content in this book may be triggering to some readers so check out the trigger warnings before picking it up. I have mentioned a few below.
TRIGGER WARNINGS: MENTAL ILLNESS, SUICIDE, HOMICIDE, SWEARING, SEXUAL SCENES, FERTILITY ISSUES, SURRAGACY ISSUES, ADOPTION ISSUES.
About the Author
Carly Rheilan was born in Malta and lives in the UK. She was educated at Oxford University (which she hated and left) and then at Brunel (a fine small-town university where she stayed for a PhD). She is a psychiatric nurse and worked many years in the NHS. She has done research in criminal justice and taught in universities. She has grown-up children of her own and has also fostered two children with mental health problems. Her novels address issues at the edges of psychiatry, crime and personal trauma. When not working or writing, she spends time with her family, rages against the politics of her unequal country, campaigns for criminal justice reform, boxes very badly, and battles against acres of nettles in a community garden.
A big thank you to Blackthorn Book Tours for allowing me to take part in this tour!!!
Have you read this book? What did you think of it? Leave a comment below and let’s have a chat.