She’s been in a coma for years. How can she be pregnant?
When a coma patient starts to have contractions and gives birth to a baby boy, the child’s arrival triggers an investigation into serious sexual assault.
Detectives McQuillan and Blalock are handed the case, while the internal hospital team collects data to help with the investigation.
When Dr. Angela Crawford, who helped deliver the baby, learns that the child will be put in foster care, she and her husband agree to take the little boy in.
Meanwhile, a young nurse, Jenny O’Hearn, helps compile data on the rapist and discovers several strange things. When Jenny is attacked, it forces the detectives to look at the case from a different perspective.
Could a staff doctor, male nurse or the chaplain be the rapist?
Sometimes the truth isn’t always obvious.
A new author to me – and definitely one to watch!
Oceanside Manor is a nursing facility offering long term care. When the man in charge takes a year’s sabbatical, he leaves Angela Crawford in charge and she has not only to deal with the uproar following a long time coma patient giving birth, but actually delivers the baby. With the police on the threshold of her office more often than not, the world’s press camped out in the car park and the board breathing down her neck on top of her ordinary daily workload, Angela still finds the adorable infant worming his way into her heart. Everyone in the whole world want to know how such an act could be carried out on an unconscious young woman and, of course, the question of the day is – Who is the Father?
What a book! This is a carefully plotted novel, full of hints and possibilities but managing to keep the truth until the final few pages. Everyone is a suspect and the police officers have their work cut out trying to shorten their list. This kept me focused on the story all the way through – in fact, I could not set it aside in bed last evening and read far more than I should have, and couldn’t wait to get on with the rest of it first thing today. With everyone’s lives woven together beautifully, there is so very much to think about and enjoy. I can’t begin to tell you how often I was absolutely certain I knew who the culprit was only to be thwarted as I turned the page (well, touched the screen, lol). A stunning read which has put McGarvey Black firmly on my radar; I certainly hope to read more from this excellent author. I can’t find any faults with this novel and, as such, it earns all five sparkling stars and my highest recommendation to all those who love to be bamboozled by a gripping whodunnit!
My thanks to the publisher for my arc copy of this novel; this is – as always – my honest, original and unbiased review.
Tags: psychological thriller
- Format: ebook, paperback
- Size: 294 pages
- Publisher: Bloodhound Books
- Publication Date: 25 August 2020
- Links: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/55107583-without-her-consent?ac=1&from_search=true&qid=YQrvT4fPYK&rank=1
I was a theatre major in college and pursued an acting career for a few years. Eventually, I moved into advertising sales in the magazine publishing business where I sold print and digital advertising and managed sales teams for companies like Conde Nast and WebMD. Ten years ago, I left media to become an executive recruiter for large and small internet companies. No matter how I earned a living, I always wrote…for me, for my friends and family. Two years ago, I left recruiting to pursue a full-time career as a writer. I’ve written three novels thus far and working simultaneously on the fourth and fifth. I am obsessed with writing, sometimes waking in the middle of the night to put pen to paper when I get an idea. Since I usually write mystery/thrillers, my process is to know the beginning and the end before I start and then fill in the middle as I go. If I do my prep right and develop my characters fully, the characters kind of write themselves.