Saturday, January 13, 2024

Review: The Patient’s Daughter by Jenna Kernan (Blog Tour)


About the Book




Release Date
January 9, 2024

Synopsis from Publisher:

“You’re having twins!” Becca runs her hand over my huge pregnant belly. It sends shivers down my spine. There’s something off about her smile. And now she’s living in my home…

When my husband Seth and I bought our perfect home, all I wanted was a chance to start a loving family—the one thing I never had. And all our dreams come true when I get pregnant with twins. But we had no idea financial ruin was just around the corner. Desperate to keep our heads above water, we have no choice but to take in lodgers.

Becca, Jules and Zoe are dream roommates. So why do I feel so uneasy when Seth leaves me alone with them? Maybe it’s because I keep catching Becca and Jules in places they shouldn’t be. And Zoe says she knows my mother—the toxic woman whose influence I still feel every day.

Maybe I’m just imagining things. Perhaps I’m like my mother after all—paranoid and delusional. She’s too sick to look after herself without help. I need to pull it together. I can’t end up like her.

But when I start to see dark shadows moving behind my bedroom door at night, I can’t shake the sickening feeling that someone is watching me.

I start to eavesdrop on their conversations. And what I hear makes my blood run cold. They aren’t who they say they are. And I think I’ve put my unborn babies in deadly danger by inviting these strangers into my home…

An utterly gripping and twisty psychological thriller that will keep you turning the pages until the jaw-dropping end. Fans of Sue Watson, Freida McFadden and K.L Slater won’t be able to put this down!

My Review

Taylor and Seth Parker are trying to create the perfect family life.  They are expecting twins, Seth is going to be a doctor and Taylor has found the perfect home.  However, the perfect home is quite a bit more expensive than they can handle.  Taylor comes up with the perfect idea - tenants.  She rents out two rooms.  One to a newlywed couple and the other to a single woman.  It’s all so perfect…until it wasn’t.

Taylor becomes suspicious of her new tenants.  With Seth away doing his residency rotation most of the time, everything is falling on her shoulders.  When Seth is around, everything is great.  She begins to wonder if she’s not letting her imagination run away with her.

She becomes more concerned when she hears conversations that could endanger her unborn children.  Then, she hears noises late at night and sees strange people in their yard.  Something is going on and she's terrified.

What a riveting, chilling tale.  My heart was pounding as I read along with Taylor.  From going through dark forests to scary attics to a heart stopping chase across Florida, there is never a dull moment.  Taylor didn’t know the good guys from the bad guys. I didn’t either.

I didn’t realize this is a sequel to The Nurse by Jenna Kernan.  I haven't read that one, but it didn’t ruin my reading this one.  It’s a complete standalone book.  I will go back to read The Nurse as I really enjoyed this author’s writing style.  She has all the suspense and mystery techniques that I love in my thriller novels.  

Taylor is a strong character.  Without having much help from anyone, she fights for the lives of her twins as well as herself.  I could easily see this playing out in the movie theaters.  It’s a totally addicting, heart-stopping read.  I enjoyed every minute of it.

For reading challenges:
Alphabet Soup Reading Challenge 2024
Literary Escapes Reading Challenge 2024 (Florida)
Cloak & Dagger Reading Challenge 2024

FTC Disclosure: I voluntarily reviewed a free Advance Reader Copy of this book from  the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review.  All opinions expressed are my own.


Author Bio

Bestselling author Jenna Kernan, recognized by Publishers Weekly, has penned over forty novels. She started with historical romance, paranormal romance, and romantic suspense, before diving into the chilling world of domestic thrillers. Her debut psychological thriller, “A Killer’s Daughter,” earned the bronze medal in popular fiction at the 2021 Florida Book Awards. In 2022, “The Ex-wives” secured the gold in the same category. Jenna released “The Nurse” in October 2023 and “The Patient’s Daughter” in January 2024. Her thrillers are known for their intensity, unsettling plots, and unexpected twists. Jenna is a member of International Thriller Writers, Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, Florida Mystery Writers, and Novelists, Inc. She resides in sunny Florida with her husband and has increased her sunscreen to SPF50. Dive into her captivating world of thrills today!

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