Medical · Non-Fiction · Prison story

Stitched Up: Stories of Life & Death From A Prison Doctor – Dr Shahed Yousaf ★★★★

Blurb: ‘Stories that will curl your toes, make you laugh out loud and break your heart all at the same time.’
PROFESSOR DAME SUE BLACK, author of All That Remains

Why would anyone want to work with thieves, murderers and rapists?

Told from the inside out, this is a harrowing, humorous and hard-hitting tale of life behind bars by a prison doctor who has seen it all. Literally.

Dr Shahed Yousaf spends his time running between emergencies – from overdoses to assaults, from cell fires to suicides – with one hand perpetually hovering over the panic button. Being a prison doctor is not for the faint-hearted.

An outsider on the inside, in Stitched Up he introduces us to a cast of unforgettable characters, including killers, con men and auto-cannibals. To Dr Yousaf, they are patients first and prisoners second – because any one of us could end up on the wrong side of the law.

Dedicated to caring for people on the margins of society, he tells us honestly and compassionately what it’s like to be their doctor in a system that’s chronically overcrowded, drastically under-resourced and all too easy to ignore. But while the system is failing, he and his colleagues are doing their very best to prop it up. In stories that are frequently harrowing, sometimes humorous and always hard-hitting, we discover how difficult it is to be locked up – but that there is still hope for all those who dare to care.

My Review: I picked this up from the library one off my wishlist and I am so glad I read it. Devoured this over two days. I have always been fascinated with prisons and prison life so this gave me a brilliant inside look to being a Dr within a prison and all that he has seen and dealt with and it isn’t an easy job. One I couldn’t do. One that can change your whole life. But a job that can also save and change lives of the prisoners he deals with. I absolutely loved his story. Highly recommend. I applaud you sir. Thank you for your service. A well deserved four stars.

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Couldn’t find it on Amazon US site. Apologies.

Emotional · Medical · suspense

*BLOG TOUR* The Heart Warriors Mother – Marilyn Cohen De Villiers ★★★★

Blurb; Kerry-Anne Aarons is over the moon. She and her husband, Imran Patel, are about to become the parents of a baby daughter, and give their son, Leo, an adored little sister. It wasn’t planned, but Kerry knows that Lily’s arrival will complete the perfect little family she has always wanted. She, Imran and their two children are going to live happily ever after…
Then life intervenes.
Lily is born with a serious congenital heart defect and Kerry’s battle to save her daughter commences. It’s a battle that takes her from the operating theatres and Intensive Care Units of local hospitals to the High Court of South Africa. It’s a battle that strains her relationships with her friends, her parents, and – ultimately – her husband. It’s a battle she is determined to win.
But how much will Kerry have to sacrifice to give Lily the future she deserves?

My Review; Oh wow. Where do I even start reviewing this one? From the first few pages I knew I was in for a heart breaking read, a rollercoaster of emotions throughout. Based on a true story meet Lily a precious baby girl born with a heart defect and this is her and her families story. Constantly in and out of ICU and hospital, surgeries and illnesses. This little girl and her family have not had it easy at all. She’s a little fighter, a miracle thats for sure. It’s very emotional to read I’m lucky I’ve never been in that position with my own children but I don’t know how they got through it all and coped. It contains alot of medical talk so I actually learnt a lot while reading it too. Alot of up and downs. A lot of hope. Prayers. But wow. A story that will be impossible to forget, one that needed to be told to the world. Highly recommend. A well deserved four stars.

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Medical · romance · suspense

*BLOG TOUR* Glasshouse – Morwenna Blackwood ★★★★

Blurb; They’re doctors. But can you trust them?

Delve into the dark world of psychiatric institutions where doctors and residents play a dangerous game where no one is infallible!

My Review; The opening to this story had me hooked I needed to know what was going on, why etc.. Now this was a different read for me not something I read regularly. I read this as a Standalone I did not read the previous book and it worked well for me but maybe I did miss something? I will never know unless I go back and read the first book.

Within this story are alot of troubled, struggling and mentally ill characters but it’s written in a way that you care for them. I found I had to concentrate while reading this story or I would miss something important. Does include a miscarriage. It’s a twisty, turny book. Kept me on edge. Never knew what was going to happen next. It did get a little confusing and dark towards the end. But it’s a brilliant story and I enjoyed it all. The author has written this story cleverly and brilliantly! Instead of chapters it is told through each of the characters. Highly recommend. A well deserved four stars from me.

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Apologies I could not find a US link for this book.