The Nurse – JA Corrigan

Rose Marlowe is a hard-working nurse, a loving wife, and a merciless killer. Or so she says. Despite her confession, it is hard to believe that this beautiful, kind woman could have killed her vulnerable patient in cold blood.

Down-on-his-luck true crime author, Theo Hazel, is convinced that there’s more to what happened than Rose is telling, and so decides to visit her behind bars to write her story. His first surprise comes when Rose reveals that the victim was not a stranger to her.

As time goes on, it seems that Rose is letting Theo see behind her perfect mask. With each new visit, he learns terrible new things about her heart-breaking past. With each new visit, he becomes more and more convinced that she can’t be a killer. But is he trying to free an innocent woman, or falling prey to a calculating murderer?

Book information: Print Length: 336 pages. Publisher: Canelo. Publication Date: 20 May 2021

My Review:

This book appealed to me on so many levels – a killer nurse, lots of twists, secrets being gradually revealed and it was also priced at a meagre 99p on Amazon Kindle (win/win).

I’ve started to select books to read alongside some members of THE Book Club on Facebook, we all read it at the same time and when we’ve all finished the book we discuss it in depth and because the author is a member of the group, we can ask her lots of questions (win/win).

The Nurse is about a women called Rose, who is in prison for murdering a young patient and a writer called Theo who wants to write her story.

Rose has never denied killing this young man and accepts her prison sentence without hesitation, so why does she now want to tell her story to Theo and what exactly has she been hiding?

The book is narrated by both main characters and moves seamlessly from the past, when Rose was a medical student to the present day in prison. I will admit there were at times a few too many characters for my aging mind and I was tempted to take notes to keep up, but with lots of characters comes lots of surprises and twists.

The Nurse has a very dark undertone and when I finished the book it took me a while to make sense and process exactly what happened and why.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

About the Author:

My new psychological thriller, THE NURSE published on 20th May 2021 (Canelo) The book is currently available to buy in ebook and paperback.

“A visceral and intelligent psychological suspense, which will stay with you long after the final page.” S.E. Lynes

My work has been longlisted in the Mslexia Novel Competition, and shortlisted in the prestigious Bridport Short Story Competition. I’m a Faber Academy graduate.

I live in Berkshire, UK with my partner, daughter and dog. Before writing stories I was a physiotherapist.

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My debut thriller, Falling Suns, was published with Headline in 2016.

I also write modern historical fiction under a pseudonym, Jules Hayes.

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