Publisher: Bloodhound Books
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Would you choose to save your child if it meant someone else had to die?
Victoria and Jonathan Lyons seem to have everything—a perfect marriage, a beautiful daughter, Emily, and a successful business. Until they discover Emily, aged five, has a rare and fatal illness.
Medical trials show that a temporary fix would be to transplant a hormone from a living donor. However in the trials the donors die within twenty four hours. Victoria and Jonathan are forced to accept that their daughter is going to die.
In an unfortunate twist of fate Jonathan is suddenly killed in a farming accident and Victoria turns to her sick father-in-law, Frank, for help. Then a series of events present Victoria and Frank with a situation that, although illegal, could save Emily.
Will they take their one chance and should they?
A Sinister and Darkly Compelling Psychological Thriller Novel, this book is intended for mature audiences and contains graphic and disturbing imagery.
I’m so pleased to welcome you to my stop on the blog tour for An Impossible Dilemma.
Did you catch the disclaimer at the end of the blurb? This book is intended for mature audiences, I may have scoffed at that when I first read it. I read intense and disturbing books almost everyday, this can’t be that graphic, right? Wrong. Having never read anything by Newbound before I had no idea what I was in for, but wow this was dark, graphic and gory. The heads up is entirely necessary, I should never have rolled my eyes!
How far would you go to save your only child? As a mother, I couldn’t help but think of what I would do if I was put in the horrible situation that Victoria was in. Of course I would do anything to keep my children safe and sound, but could I go against all of my morals, values and everything I stand for to keep them alive? I would like to say yes, but I really don’t know exactly what I would do if I were in Victoria’s shoes, it’s a parents worst nightmare.
This has such a twisty, turny plot that it’s almost impossible to review. An impossible dilemma if you will. (See what I did there?!)It’s one where I would think I had it all figured out and had an inkling about what would happen next only for things to go off in an entirely different direction leaving me hanging my mouth open in shock and awe. I expected this to be an emotional read, and it was but it took a much darker path than I was expecting. Parts of this were gruesome and highly disturbing, Newbound’s writing style is so good and descriptive I found myself a little nauseous. That’s a compliment by the way, she was describing horrifying events and did an excellent job, I just want to warn the readers that may be expecting something slightly dark that this is very dark and detailed. If you can handle graphic situations then you’ll love this one like I did!
Overall rating: 4/5
Thanks to Bloodhound Books for my review copy.
About the Author:
Netta Newbound, originally from Manchester, England, now lives in New Zealand with her husband Paul and their boxer dog Alfie. She has three grown-up children and three delicious grandchildren.
As a child, Netta was plagued by a wild imagination, often getting in trouble for making up weird and wonderful stories. Yet she didn’t turn her attention to writing until after her children had grown and left home.
Although she mostly writes psychological thriller novels, all of which consistently rank highly in the best seller categories, she has also written several non-fiction books with a close friend and fellow author under the names of Sandra Rose & Jeanette Simone.