Friday 3 July 2020

2020 Reading Challenge | Control by Hugh Montgomery

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Control by Hugh Montgomery - 4/5 
Blurb: Renowned surgeon Michael Trenchard locks his office door and prepares for a relaxing evening. But what follows is a living nightmare when later he is discovered in a locked-in coma, the victim of auto-erotic asphyxiation. 

It is left to Doctor Kash Devan, Trenchard's young protégé, to uncover the truth. And what he discovers is chilling... In his ruthless pursuit of wealth and success, Trenchard has left a trail of wrecked lives, and angry people, behind him. 

Which of Trenchard's victims hated him so much that they wanted to ruin not only his reputation, but his life as well? Not all doctors are heroes... 

Review: I had been pushing this down my TBR pile due to a few negative Goodreads reviews but I loved it!

Dr Kash Devan is working under highly esteemed surgeon Michael Trenchard. He looks up to him as he's rather charming, confident and great at his job.

Everything changes when Trenchard is discovered unresponsive, the cause thought to be auto-erotic asphyxiation. He is then left in a persistent vegetative state. Kash is convinced that someone else played a part in this, he didn't do this to himself, and he sets out to find the truth.

I love hospital dramas, like Grey's Anatomy, and this reads exactly like one. You could definitely see it as a movie. The surgery scenes are described wonderfully - I even felt a bit queasy reading one of them - and you can feel the sense of urgency during an emergency operation.

The book switches between the narrative of Kash as he searches for answers and Trenchard whilst in his state, these are brilliantly written. The stories of Kash's possible suspects are woven well together so you do suspect everyone and there are a few red herrings and curveballs.

I've knocked a star off because there is an undertone of kink-shaming throughout the book. I think people should be allowed to be into whatever they're into, as long as they aren't hurting anyone, and we really can't judge.

A great read!

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