Tuesday, June 14, 2022

Review: Privacy by Nina Sadowsky

by Nina Sadowsky 

Publisher: Bantam
Pages: 272
Format: eARC
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  A therapist's patients are the victims in a campaign to destroy her life in this unsettling and electrifying novel from the author of Convince Me.

What is the cost of carrying not only your own pain and grief, but that of so many others?

Dr. Lana Landers is good at her job. She's an accomplished marriage and family therapist, dedicated and compassionate. When she is summoned by the police after one of her patients holds his wife hostage at gunpoint, she is able to intervene and dissuade him. Lana becomes a media sensation. But as her star rises, the target on her back grows larger.

How much can a person bear before breaking?

Not everyone is impressed by Lana's achievements. In fact, someone is after her. And to get to her, they are targeting what matters most to her: her patients. One by one, Lana's patients begin to spiral out of control after the receipt of unsettling "gifts." An embezzler and his wife receive "dirty money," bills soaked in rancid oil; a cuckold receives an audio file of his wife with her lover; a young woman receives a jar of formaldehyde that reminds her of a dreadful mistake from her past. Then Lana herself is the target of a home invasion, and when the perpetrators flee, they leave behind a message: I'm watching you.

Aided by Cal Murray, the ambitious and charismatic investigative journalist with whom she has an explosive attraction, Lana discovers that someone has it in for her. Someone with access to her patient records. Someone who wants to end her stellar reputation, her newfound success, and even, perhaps, her life.

Kritters Thoughts:  Dr. Lana Landers is a therapist and she has a plethora of patients who have come to her with a wide range of issues to work through.  She has been working with them to hopefully get them through whatever life circumstance that is keeping them from living a happy life and she is trying all sorts of ways.  Cal Murray, an up and coming journalist enters her life and is helping investigate what is happening to her patients and hopefully will figure out all the clues.  

With a sporadic reading life, the pacing of books really matters to me right now and for some reason this book moved so slow for me.  I felt as though it took a long time for some things to happen and for the balls to start rolling.  

The other thing that I use to base my thoughts on is the actual culprit and for me I didn't love who dun it.  I will not spoil it for you, but I wasn't satisfied by the outcome.  There is for sure someone else I wish had been the culprit and I was ready for the twist to come and sadly it didn't.  

To end on a positive note, I loved Cal Murray and I loved having a journalist as the investigator.  As a journalist he definitely has some professional skills to investigate, but he isn't the police, so he can maybe make some questionable moves.  Whenever the story went to Cal Murray, I loved those moments and wanted more of him.  

This was my first Nina Sadowsky read, but for sure won't be my last.  I like to read a few books of an author before I make an overarching decision on them.  

Rating: enjoyable, but didn't leave me wanting more

Ebook 2022 Challenge: 46 out of 100

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from Random House.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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