Tuesday, 21 June 2016
The Certificate by Priscilla Masters
Author: Priscilla Matthews
Release Date: 6th June 2016
Challenges: 2016 New Release Challenge, 2016 Netgalley & Edelweiss Challenge
Links: Goodreads - Amazon
Synopsis (from Goodreads): ‘Plain Jane’ Ziegler has been a district nurse all her life... All her life, she has been overlooked by difficult patients, disinterested colleagues and even her own family. So when she discovers a way to commit the perfect crime, Jane seizes the opportunity and begins deliberating who of her many patients is most deserving of her murderous attention. And when elderly James Walsh tries one to many times to proposition her, Jane seizes her chance. Although Walsh’s mother seems unconvinced by Jane’s explanation of his death, no one else, least of all Jane’s fellow doctors, seems the least bit surprised. As the days past, she can’t help thinking that she may indeed have escaped suspicion. Driven by this knowledge and with a new-found taste for murder, she soon turns her mind to her next victim. However, when a formal complaint is made against her by bad-tempered Clara Blatter, it seems that she may have picked the wrong woman. Soon, Jane finds herself under investigation and when she carries out her second murder, the net begins to close in tighter.When her normally unassuming boss starts to become suspicious, Jane resorts to drastic measures to avoid detection, as her perfect crime quickly turns into a nightmare that could cost her everything. The Certificate is a heart racing medical thriller that will leave you begging for more.
That seems to be a very long synopsis for a book that wasn't actually that long (which I knew before reading. It was actually one of the reasons I picked it up. I fancied something a bit crime-like and have a little bit of a back log to get through, so something like this was perfect.
The Certificate defintiely kept me reading. There was something about it that definitely hooked the reader, which I think could have been that the narrator kept a lot of things in the dark. The suspense did grow through the book, but I kind of thought that the ending let it down a little bit.
Jane was a very difficult character to like (which I'm supposing is very much the point). She was very critical of herself (so as a reader you would probably imagine that she isn't quite as bad as she seems to think she is) but she also does some not very nice things. On the other hand she is very real. Her responses to the people around her, and the thoughts in her head, all resonated as true.
This was an interesting quick read, not quite what I expected though!