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After years of hard work, Dr. Charly McKenna finally has it all. Prosperous career as a dermatologist? Check. Spacious apartment overlooking Central Park? Check. Handsome lawyer husband? Double check. Then one night, a bullet rips through the right side of her skull and she loses everything. As Charly struggles to recover from her brain injury, she begins to realize that After years of hard work, Dr. Charly McKenna finally has it all. Prosperous career as a dermatologist? Check. Spacious apartment overlooking Central Park? Check. Handsome lawyer husband? Double check. Then one night, a bullet rips through the right side of her skull and she loses everything. As Charly struggles to recover from her brain injury, she begins to realize that the events of that fateful night are trapped in the damaged right side of her brain. Now she must put the jigsaw pieces together to discover the identity of the man who tried to kill her... before he finishes the job he started.


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After years of hard work, Dr. Charly McKenna finally has it all. Prosperous career as a dermatologist? Check. Spacious apartment overlooking Central Park? Check. Handsome lawyer husband? Double check. Then one night, a bullet rips through the right side of her skull and she loses everything. As Charly struggles to recover from her brain injury, she begins to realize that After years of hard work, Dr. Charly McKenna finally has it all. Prosperous career as a dermatologist? Check. Spacious apartment overlooking Central Park? Check. Handsome lawyer husband? Double check. Then one night, a bullet rips through the right side of her skull and she loses everything. As Charly struggles to recover from her brain injury, she begins to realize that the events of that fateful night are trapped in the damaged right side of her brain. Now she must put the jigsaw pieces together to discover the identity of the man who tried to kill her... before he finishes the job he started.

30 review for Brain Damage

  1. 5 out of 5

    Kathy Brackin

    Great story! Sad, funny and loved the ending

  2. 4 out of 5

    Etienne

    1,5/5. Very slow pace. Long part of it should have been taken out. Poorly written. Story and characters that are not really interesting. I really don't get the very very high rating this book currently have on good read, almost 4.5, this is ridiculous... The only thing that was a bit interesting was the reconstruction after brain damage, but if you're interested into that, read a informative book or a real life story, not this piece of fiction... 1,5/5. Very slow pace. Long part of it should have been taken out. Poorly written. Story and characters that are not really interesting. I really don't get the very very high rating this book currently have on good read, almost 4.5, this is ridiculous... The only thing that was a bit interesting was the reconstruction after brain damage, but if you're interested into that, read a informative book or a real life story, not this piece of fiction...

  3. 4 out of 5

    lusty22

    This book was kick ass. For one thing it made me laugh out loud hysterically! I don't know why but this book hit my funny bone. I never knew this author could be so hilarious. Her other books weren't humorous. So maybe it was just me, but I loved this story. Had some really good parts. Charlotte is a single dermatologist who meets a handsome man and ends up getting married, then shot in an attempted murder. Her stay at the hospital was where it got funny. We don't know who tried to kill her but This book was kick ass. For one thing it made me laugh out loud hysterically! I don't know why but this book hit my funny bone. I never knew this author could be so hilarious. Her other books weren't humorous. So maybe it was just me, but I loved this story. Had some really good parts. Charlotte is a single dermatologist who meets a handsome man and ends up getting married, then shot in an attempted murder. Her stay at the hospital was where it got funny. We don't know who tried to kill her but she meets new people while recovering and we follow the mystery as well as her recovery process. Very enjoyable read! Four stars.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Madeline

    The story was well researched and I learned quite a bit about several ways brain damage can occur and how difficult it can be to deal with it. Some people are lucky and can heal and others will never find their way back. There were good descriptions of how hard people must work to help those who are mentally, and as a result, physically, unable to help themselves. I took off two stars because of the silly mystery that is part of the story. The bad guys were like those you would find in a very lo The story was well researched and I learned quite a bit about several ways brain damage can occur and how difficult it can be to deal with it. Some people are lucky and can heal and others will never find their way back. There were good descriptions of how hard people must work to help those who are mentally, and as a result, physically, unable to help themselves. I took off two stars because of the silly mystery that is part of the story. The bad guys were like those you would find in a very low rated Z level movie and I am sorry to say that their dialogue was funny while attempting to be nasty. Actually, there is some good humor in the attitude of the main character, who is brain damaged, making this a book that will not pull you down. No one seems very real in this story but it kept me interested because of the serious subject matter. I will probably not read any more books in this series because I like to take my characters more seriously.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Pheadra

    This book has a touch of everything. Though it falls into the genre of "thriller" admirably, it was more than a page turner where one is trying to figure out what happened to the main, highly likeable character Dr Charly McKenna. Charly is a highly successful 36 year old dermatologist with a wicked sense of humour. Her most appealing physical attribute is her violet-coloured eyes. She has given up on meeting Mr Right when a gorgeous male specimen steps into her rooms as a patient and life is lit This book has a touch of everything. Though it falls into the genre of "thriller" admirably, it was more than a page turner where one is trying to figure out what happened to the main, highly likeable character Dr Charly McKenna. Charly is a highly successful 36 year old dermatologist with a wicked sense of humour. Her most appealing physical attribute is her violet-coloured eyes. She has given up on meeting Mr Right when a gorgeous male specimen steps into her rooms as a patient and life is literally changed 180 degrees ending with her being shot in the head. This is a story about hope and fear, love and hate, beauty and ugliness. I loved it. 5 well deserved stars.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Debbie

    My first read for Freida McFadden!! Amazing author. So very unusual to read a book written in first person. It works really well for this read. It works so well that you are able to insert yourself into this story & believe how she is thinking. Well done read.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Lindsey

    Shallow but intriguing Good for a shallow beach read. No substance but kept me wanting to finish to find out the end. 3*

  8. 4 out of 5

    Tina

    😊 Charly has everything she has ever wanted, a prosperous career as a dermatologist, a good apartment overlooking Central Park. A good looking lawyer husband who loves her for who she is. Charly's life changes forever one night, a brain injury due to a bullet ripping through the right side of her skull. The result in being memory failure, no vision at all of anything that is down her left side, no feeling down her left side. She can't walk, can't talk, can't do anything for herself at all. No memo 😊 Charly has everything she has ever wanted, a prosperous career as a dermatologist, a good apartment overlooking Central Park. A good looking lawyer husband who loves her for who she is. Charly's life changes forever one night, a brain injury due to a bullet ripping through the right side of her skull. The result in being memory failure, no vision at all of anything that is down her left side, no feeling down her left side. She can't walk, can't talk, can't do anything for herself at all. No memory of anything that happened to her. Slowly through physical and mental therapy Charly starts to piece her life together, past and present until that fateful night becomes clear. I enjoyed this book a lot. Really early on in the book I did guess who the perpetrator was and wasn't surprised when it was finally revealed. The book jumps back and forth between he present and the past a lot leading up to the the crime, to the actual crime, recovery and then finally present day. It was an easy read though. It wasn't jumbled and easily marked exactly where in Charly's timeline you are. The writing was spot on with all the jumping back and forth.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Christer Tholin

    Charlotte is a successful dermatologist, but at the end of her thirties still single. She does not miss having a partner, but one day a very attractive man starts being interested in her. One and a half years later she finds herself in medical care and cannot even remenber her name. She has been shot into the head and her whole left side of her body is unusable. She has to learn everything from scratch and this is a slow process. Here and there pieces of her memory come back, but does she interp Charlotte is a successful dermatologist, but at the end of her thirties still single. She does not miss having a partner, but one day a very attractive man starts being interested in her. One and a half years later she finds herself in medical care and cannot even remenber her name. She has been shot into the head and her whole left side of her body is unusable. She has to learn everything from scratch and this is a slow process. Here and there pieces of her memory come back, but does she interpret and assemble them the right way? Her future is dependent on her past an particularly on what happened when she was shot. So, Charly has to make progress.... An amazing story written in the first person so that the reader can easily understand Charly's struggle. I was immediately gripped by the plot as well by the excellent writing style and could hardly put the book out of my hands, I finished it in two days! It is very suspenseful because the reader is eager for every new puzzle bit until at the end the surprising solution is revealed.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Ankit Garg

    A classic whodunit will have a crime (mostly murder) in the very first chapter of the book. This is then followed by a full-blown all-hands-on-deck kind of inspection by the protagonist, optionally along with her friends. At the end, the criminal will be apprehended and then either killed or jailed. But Brain Damage is not a classic whodunit. A crime is committed, and the criminal is apprehended, but not in the usual way. I'd prevent from saying more because I'll hate it if someone else gave away A classic whodunit will have a crime (mostly murder) in the very first chapter of the book. This is then followed by a full-blown all-hands-on-deck kind of inspection by the protagonist, optionally along with her friends. At the end, the criminal will be apprehended and then either killed or jailed. But Brain Damage is not a classic whodunit. A crime is committed, and the criminal is apprehended, but not in the usual way. I'd prevent from saying more because I'll hate it if someone else gave away spoilers in such a small review. The narrative is strong, and keeps one glued to the pages. The short chapters also serve as a motivational factor for the impatient reader. Although the book has a happy ending, I'd have liked it more if it didn't had one. Verdict: Highly recommended.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Vivian

    Charly didn’t consider herself beautiful but she knew she was smart. So when she treated two patients in her dermatologist clinic, she was stunned at the attention. Even still, Dr. Charlotte McKenna -now in her mid-thirties, was too smart to ever date her patients. However, after Clark pursued her even after her three month non-patient stipulation, how could she resist. Everything was happening so fast. But isn’t that how true love is? Then one night, after returning home from work late in the e Charly didn’t consider herself beautiful but she knew she was smart. So when she treated two patients in her dermatologist clinic, she was stunned at the attention. Even still, Dr. Charlotte McKenna -now in her mid-thirties, was too smart to ever date her patients. However, after Clark pursued her even after her three month non-patient stipulation, how could she resist. Everything was happening so fast. But isn’t that how true love is? Then one night, after returning home from work late in the evening, she heard an intruder. She doesn’t remember much else after that. She was meant to die. But why?

  12. 4 out of 5

    Joanna

    I have the same thing to say about this book as I do about all the author's other books: I really like reading them, they're fast and engaging, I'm sad when they're over, they're not literary masterpieces but they are well worth a few bucks for the ebook and I always enjoy myself reading them. Recommended to all who like a fast, exciting read but especially to my friends who are in medical training--the author is a doc and all of her books are about doctors and she just "gets it." I have the same thing to say about this book as I do about all the author's other books: I really like reading them, they're fast and engaging, I'm sad when they're over, they're not literary masterpieces but they are well worth a few bucks for the ebook and I always enjoy myself reading them. Recommended to all who like a fast, exciting read but especially to my friends who are in medical training--the author is a doc and all of her books are about doctors and she just "gets it."

  13. 5 out of 5

    Jacob Peled

    Great reading.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Ketaki Nirkhi

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Brain Damage by Freida McFadden About the book: After years of hard work, Dr. Charly McKenna finally has it all. Prosperous career as a dermatologist? Check. Spacious apartment overlooking Central Park? Check. Handsome lawyer husband? Double check. Then one night, a bullet rips through the right side of her skull and she loses everything. As Charly struggles to recover from her brain injury, she begins to realize that the events of that fateful night are trapped in the damaged right side of her brai Brain Damage by Freida McFadden About the book: After years of hard work, Dr. Charly McKenna finally has it all. Prosperous career as a dermatologist? Check. Spacious apartment overlooking Central Park? Check. Handsome lawyer husband? Double check. Then one night, a bullet rips through the right side of her skull and she loses everything. As Charly struggles to recover from her brain injury, she begins to realize that the events of that fateful night are trapped in the damaged right side of her brain. Now she must put the jigsaw pieces together to discover the identity of the man who tried to kill her... before he finishes the job he started. My take: The book has been described on Amazon as a twisted psychological thriller that will keep you guessing. Well, I was certainly left guessing till the end about what I was reading! After reading amazing five-star reviews, I purchased this book. And after reading two other psychological thrillers from the same author which I loved reading, I had absolutely no doubt in my mind. But I was in for a very big disappointment. This is easily one of the worst books I have read. The story is about Dr. Charlotte Mckenna, a dermatologist, who has a great practice and owns a plush apartment overlooking the central park. She marries Clark, a handsome lawyer, who was once her patient, and pursued her till she agreed. One day, she gets shot in the head and develops hemispatial neglect on her left side of the body, along with loss of memory. I had expected it to be a nice thriller where the story builds to the climax where she gets shot, and we are left wondering who did it and why. However, right from page 1, you easily guess who did it and why. The main character, Charlotte, is hardly likable in the part before she was shot. She has absolutely no self-esteem and probably that is how she tolerates the jerk of a husband she married without even getting to know him better. Her cat seems to have better intelligence and instincts. Even in the part after she was shot, he is absent from her life for the majority part, and then reappears to make a deal with Charlotte about taking care of her in return for using her disability payments to sponsor his and his girlfriend's stay at Charlotte's apartment, humiliating and insulting her in every way possible. The same girlfriend he was cheating on with before she got shot. And yet Charlotte puts up with him just because she feels she has no other option! This was too spineless for my taste! There are hardly any other characters to make us even suspect anyone else, and none of the characters is well developed. Almost 80% of the story is like a memoir of a person who is recovering from severe brain injury and focuses on unnecessary details of speech therapy, occupational therapy, and physiotherapy that lead the story nowhere. The only character I really liked was Jamie, but again, his character seemed very sporadic, he wasn't any valuable addition to the story, and the way his relationship with Charlotte was stretched till the very end was irritating. The author being a physician, I can say she has written this part brilliantly, giving us a real picture inside a rehabilitation centre for the brain-damaged. But that is not why I picked this book for. It is very depressing to read and doesn’t add anything to the story at all. So even though I like the author and the way she writes, this book could have been promoted as a diary of a brain-injured person, and not as a psychological thriller that keeps us guessing till the end. The only thing I kept guessing was when the book would actually end. I rate it one star, the lowest I have ever rated.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Amelia Autin

    4.25 STARS This wasn't so much a psychological thriller as a fascinating look inside the world of a brain-damaged woman struggling to make a comeback from a devastating injury (she was shot in the head and miraculously survived). There was so much to love about this book. Freida McFadden has penned a story that tore at my heart in ways I never expected, one which will stay with me for a long time. I couldn't put it down until I reached the satisfying conclusion, when "Helmet Girl" gets her HEA. I 4.25 STARS This wasn't so much a psychological thriller as a fascinating look inside the world of a brain-damaged woman struggling to make a comeback from a devastating injury (she was shot in the head and miraculously survived). There was so much to love about this book. Freida McFadden has penned a story that tore at my heart in ways I never expected, one which will stay with me for a long time. I couldn't put it down until I reached the satisfying conclusion, when "Helmet Girl" gets her HEA. I don't want to reveal any spoilers, but suffice it to say I enjoyed BRAIN DAMAGE more for what it was than what it wasn't. I'm conflicted, though, about certain decisions Charly makes toward the end. On the one hand, I do understand she was desperate to avoid going into a nursing home and agrees to certain things she never would have agreed to in her "before the shooting" persona. On the other hand, some of those things she agrees to made me want to shake some sense into her. And yet...it's easy to judge sitting here with all my faculties. What would I do in Charly's situation? With the damage done to her brain? I don't know, so I gave her the benefit of the doubt. That, I think, reveals the overall brilliance of the author. I believed. I do want to mention two words to the author--insider trading. People do go to jail for it. Other than that, I had no issues with believing. Charly was heartbreakingly real to me, and all I can do is hope and pray I never find myself in her situation.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Tony Parsons

    Dr. Charlotte “Charly” McKenna (36, dermatologist) was repairing Mr. Stanley Leroy’s groin area. Jessica (nurse) prepped the next patient Clark Douglas (38) who wanted a mole removed. Charly’s rule is to not date patients. Lucky for Clark their going on 6-months. Then they got married. BANG! 12/9, Charly (Helmet Girl) had been shot. Amy is her speech therapist. Dr. Greenberg is taking care of her medical needs. Chris is her OT. Dr. Foster is the psychologist. Charly attends the Walking group, & the Dr. Charlotte “Charly” McKenna (36, dermatologist) was repairing Mr. Stanley Leroy’s groin area. Jessica (nurse) prepped the next patient Clark Douglas (38) who wanted a mole removed. Charly’s rule is to not date patients. Lucky for Clark their going on 6-months. Then they got married. BANG! 12/9, Charly (Helmet Girl) had been shot. Amy is her speech therapist. Dr. Greenberg is taking care of her medical needs. Chris is her OT. Dr. Foster is the psychologist. Charly attends the Walking group, & the Thinking Skills group. Valerie (PT) is teaching Clark how to dress, & other personal things for Charly. What happened to Clark, & Kyle Barry? I did not receive any type of compensation for reading & reviewing this book. While I receive free books from publishers & authors, I am under no obligation to write a positive review. Only an honest one. A very awesome book cover, great font & writing style. A very well written medical thriller book. It was very easy for me to read/follow from start/finish & never a dull moment. There were no grammar/typo errors, nor any repetitive or out of line sequence sentences. Lots of exciting scenarios, with several twists/turns & a great set of unique characters to keep track of. This could also make another great medical thriller movie, or better yet a mini TV series. To be continued. It wasn’t that exciting so I will only rate it at 3/5 stars. Thank you for the free author; Hollywood Upstairs Publishing; EBookDaily; Amazon Digital Services LLC.; book Tony Parsons MSW (Washburn)

  17. 5 out of 5

    Alice Alvarez

    It took me a while to get into this story. I'm not into weak female characters and from the onset of this story Charley was weak. Charley's first clue to Clark's character was when he extended their honeymoon from two weeks to three weeks without telling her. As serious as the gunshot to Charley's head was, I found the aftermath very fascinating. Charley's recovery was painful and enlightening. While healing from her head wound there were several humorous stories about the attempt to eat without It took me a while to get into this story. I'm not into weak female characters and from the onset of this story Charley was weak. Charley's first clue to Clark's character was when he extended their honeymoon from two weeks to three weeks without telling her. As serious as the gunshot to Charley's head was, I found the aftermath very fascinating. Charley's recovery was painful and enlightening. While healing from her head wound there were several humorous stories about the attempt to eat without assistance. This story was well written. You knew Clark was involved in the murder attempt you just didn't understand to what extent. I loved the ending. Even after experiencing a horrific attempt on her life, Charley finds honest love, of all places in a hospital. I recommend reading this book.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Sharon Jones

    As usual, Ms. McFadden has written a captivating mystery. The thing I mainly liked about this book was that it opened my eyes up to the struggles that people with accidents causing brain damage are feeling. We know they have to go through a great deal of therapy and re-learning but this takes us deeper into the thoughts of the individual and how it actually feels to be so frustrated and not be able to let your thoughts be known. The only let down I had was in the main character "Charly." We was a As usual, Ms. McFadden has written a captivating mystery. The thing I mainly liked about this book was that it opened my eyes up to the struggles that people with accidents causing brain damage are feeling. We know they have to go through a great deal of therapy and re-learning but this takes us deeper into the thoughts of the individual and how it actually feels to be so frustrated and not be able to let your thoughts be known. The only let down I had was in the main character "Charly." We was an independent individual, a doctor who had been on her own for years. How she could cave into the demands of someone clearly taking advantage of her is confusing. Yes, I know she was desperate but I just could not see her caving in as she did. But, if you want enlightenment to the struggles of someone who has had this affliction and want a good mystery, read this book.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Tom Combs

    An attempted murder, and the profoundly brain-injured physician/victim’s stuttering recovery set the stage for a story of mystery, courage, richly evocative characters, romance, and surprising twists. The story is told from the physician-victim’s changing point-of-view as she struggles to learn to talk, move, and think in the intense environment of the rehab setting (loaded w insight/realism). Her compelling struggles and incremental improvements are accompanied by imperfect memories of what cam An attempted murder, and the profoundly brain-injured physician/victim’s stuttering recovery set the stage for a story of mystery, courage, richly evocative characters, romance, and surprising twists. The story is told from the physician-victim’s changing point-of-view as she struggles to learn to talk, move, and think in the intense environment of the rehab setting (loaded w insight/realism). Her compelling struggles and incremental improvements are accompanied by imperfect memories of what came before the gunshot—the memories and real time events create a first-rate mystery regarding who fired the bullet that left her brain so damaged. The cast of characters and their roles, both good and bad, are well written and credible. The injured woman’s daunting journey is told with an authenticity that commands emotion yet does so with a protagonist who is remarkable in her lack of self-pity and writing that “tells it like it is.” I enjoyed it and highly recommend.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Bev

    I wasn't sure what to think of this book when I first started reading it. Here you have a smart woman, Dr. Charlotte McKenna, a dermatologist, falling for Clark Douglas, an attorney. First she refuses to go out with him because he is a patient, but my he is gorgeous! Three months later he surprises her while she is out running and they start to date. They get married, and she finds out he is cheating on her.....then she gets shot in the head coming home from work. This is where the book really s I wasn't sure what to think of this book when I first started reading it. Here you have a smart woman, Dr. Charlotte McKenna, a dermatologist, falling for Clark Douglas, an attorney. First she refuses to go out with him because he is a patient, but my he is gorgeous! Three months later he surprises her while she is out running and they start to date. They get married, and she finds out he is cheating on her.....then she gets shot in the head coming home from work. This is where the book really shines, it is about her uphill fight to get better. Her emotional state of mind. How she 'sees' herself to others. It is very well written. I will not tell you how it ends. You will need to read it for yourself. Kudos Ms. McFadden!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Doug Cook

    A pretty exciting read....after the first half. I was a little disappointed when I realized after about 100 pages I had been musing over a woman's rehab hospital stay & the ins & outs of dealing w/a massive & debilitating brain injury. However upon reflection I must have found it interesting else I would have laid the book aside. Once the meat of the story kicked in it actually turned out to be a pretty exciting book, though I doubt I would give it the gushing praises healed by some. I often wond A pretty exciting read....after the first half. I was a little disappointed when I realized after about 100 pages I had been musing over a woman's rehab hospital stay & the ins & outs of dealing w/a massive & debilitating brain injury. However upon reflection I must have found it interesting else I would have laid the book aside. Once the meat of the story kicked in it actually turned out to be a pretty exciting book, though I doubt I would give it the gushing praises healed by some. I often wonder if the dumbing-down of America has created a generation of people reading on the 8th grade level, but hey, maybe I've read so much I've become a literary snob, lol. All in all a good read & one I would recommend.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Anna

    Brian Damage is a wonderful psychological thriller that begs the question: how can you figure out who shot you when you can't even remember your own name half the time? Freida McFadden slowly draws together past and present to reveal who shot Charlotte McKenna and why they did it. This slow reveal creates a delicious tension that makes Brain Damage almost impossible to put down. I should admit, however, that I'm fascinated by psychology and brain injuries, so I may have found that part more inte Brian Damage is a wonderful psychological thriller that begs the question: how can you figure out who shot you when you can't even remember your own name half the time? Freida McFadden slowly draws together past and present to reveal who shot Charlotte McKenna and why they did it. This slow reveal creates a delicious tension that makes Brain Damage almost impossible to put down. I should admit, however, that I'm fascinated by psychology and brain injuries, so I may have found that part more interesting than others may. Still, it's a wonderfully engaging book, with interesting characters and plenty of twists. I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Candy Robosky

    Brain Damage is a very good thriller, romance, drama type story. I really enjoyed it. The first part was a little disorienting with how we would go from before and after so quickly but she did a great job of bringing it all together so it seemed to flow nicely. Charly is such a sympathetic character who I was really rooting for through the whole book. I never did guess who was responsible for her injury but then it all got wrapped up very nicely and made sense. I enjoyed this so much I couldn't Brain Damage is a very good thriller, romance, drama type story. I really enjoyed it. The first part was a little disorienting with how we would go from before and after so quickly but she did a great job of bringing it all together so it seemed to flow nicely. Charly is such a sympathetic character who I was really rooting for through the whole book. I never did guess who was responsible for her injury but then it all got wrapped up very nicely and made sense. I enjoyed this so much I couldn't put it down so read it in one sitting. This honest review is being given after receiving an ARC of the book.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Mandy Walkden-Brown

    A cracking good read. A compelling mystery to unravel whilst simultaneously giving one a superb and pretty unvarnished insight into someone suffering an acquired brain injury. It's a story of resilience and friendship, rife with humour. Terrific storytelling, found myself glued to the book to the very last page and then rather reluctant to let the story go. I'll certainly be reading more from this author, already purchased The Devil Wears Scrubs just waiting to open. Hilarious description of her A cracking good read. A compelling mystery to unravel whilst simultaneously giving one a superb and pretty unvarnished insight into someone suffering an acquired brain injury. It's a story of resilience and friendship, rife with humour. Terrific storytelling, found myself glued to the book to the very last page and then rather reluctant to let the story go. I'll certainly be reading more from this author, already purchased The Devil Wears Scrubs just waiting to open. Hilarious description of her husband's suggestion for this book's plot and I'm frightfully glad that she ignored his "sage" advice. I received an ARC of this book and unhesitatingly post a review.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Leola

    Great book This story immediately intrigued me - told from the point of view of the main character suffering from a gunshot wound to the head. Fascinating. Charlotte McKenna is an average looking, successful dermatologist when she is swept off her feet by the incredibly handsome Clark. The story shifts between Dr McKenna's professional life and relationship with Clark, and her experiences in a rehab hospital as she struggles to heal, regain her memory and use of her body. I especially found the m Great book This story immediately intrigued me - told from the point of view of the main character suffering from a gunshot wound to the head. Fascinating. Charlotte McKenna is an average looking, successful dermatologist when she is swept off her feet by the incredibly handsome Clark. The story shifts between Dr McKenna's professional life and relationship with Clark, and her experiences in a rehab hospital as she struggles to heal, regain her memory and use of her body. I especially found the mental and physical rehabilitation, described in great detail, very interesting. This will pull at your heart.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Tere Fredericks

    Brain Trauma Recovery This is definitely a twisted psychological thriller. If you are a reader who yells at the protagonist as they make dunderheaded moves (not the “donʼt go in the basement” yells and they aways go in the basement), rather, creepier no, don't! The story is told weaving between the months before and the months after the incident. As the past and present get closer in time, you won't be yelling, you'll be holding your breath. I love this book. Read it if you want to jump out of y Brain Trauma Recovery This is definitely a twisted psychological thriller. If you are a reader who yells at the protagonist as they make dunderheaded moves (not the “donʼt go in the basement” yells and they aways go in the basement), rather, creepier no, don't! The story is told weaving between the months before and the months after the incident. As the past and present get closer in time, you won't be yelling, you'll be holding your breath. I love this book. Read it if you want to jump out of your skin in the last eighth of the book. Has nothing to do with a basement, yet is still a cautionary tale.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Cheri

    A decent story It is written rather simply, two characters were interesting , the others quite cliche. I was engrossed by the main character Charly, as I thought to shake her several times for not standing up for her beliefs and often acting like a “woose”. Early on assumed I knew the identity of an attempted murderer which would have made this a 2-star story. It became 3 stars when the author threw in a twist. The author writes so competently related to medicine and hope with time (and probably A decent story It is written rather simply, two characters were interesting , the others quite cliche. I was engrossed by the main character Charly, as I thought to shake her several times for not standing up for her beliefs and often acting like a “woose”. Early on assumed I knew the identity of an attempted murderer which would have made this a 2-star story. It became 3 stars when the author threw in a twist. The author writes so competently related to medicine and hope with time (and probably violet luggage beneath her eyes) will produce even more interesting books!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Kaamil

    Fantastic book This was the first novel I've read in a long time that I've truly enjoyed. There were just enough characters in the novel, and they were well-developed. The style of presenting the story was innovative. The plot itself was gripping, and I held on until the end. It was also easy to delve into, without the long, winding, tedious parts. I would defined recommend this is you're looking for a medium-length, gripping novel. It's perfect for a relaxing afternoon read :) Fantastic book This was the first novel I've read in a long time that I've truly enjoyed. There were just enough characters in the novel, and they were well-developed. The style of presenting the story was innovative. The plot itself was gripping, and I held on until the end. It was also easy to delve into, without the long, winding, tedious parts. I would defined recommend this is you're looking for a medium-length, gripping novel. It's perfect for a relaxing afternoon read :)

  29. 4 out of 5

    sweetpeagjyahoo.com

    Now this is the book I wanted I did a review, earlier today, on another book by this author and absolutely hated everything about it. This book caught me from the first chapter and never let me go. I didn't read the first Prescription: Murder Book 1 because of the awful reviews and I was so worried that it would be as horrible of an experience as reading It's Me and then I'd have been through with this author. If you want to read an amazing book by Freida McFadden READ THIS ONE!! Now this is the book I wanted I did a review, earlier today, on another book by this author and absolutely hated everything about it. This book caught me from the first chapter and never let me go. I didn't read the first Prescription: Murder Book 1 because of the awful reviews and I was so worried that it would be as horrible of an experience as reading It's Me and then I'd have been through with this author. If you want to read an amazing book by Freida McFadden READ THIS ONE!!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    Don’t waste your time!! Very rarely do I ever give a book two stars, well this book deserved it. Being that it was a part two of a series, I thought it would continue on with book number one, well NOPE. While it did use the same characters. The plot just wasn’t the same. Oh, and the plot was terrible. Back and fourth and back and forth. Took me until the last 50 pages of the book to finally get into it and realize the husband is a jerk and a killer. Such a waste. Read the first book but not this Don’t waste your time!! Very rarely do I ever give a book two stars, well this book deserved it. Being that it was a part two of a series, I thought it would continue on with book number one, well NOPE. While it did use the same characters. The plot just wasn’t the same. Oh, and the plot was terrible. Back and fourth and back and forth. Took me until the last 50 pages of the book to finally get into it and realize the husband is a jerk and a killer. Such a waste. Read the first book but not this one.

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