K. J. McGillick was born in New York and once she started to walk she never stopped running. But that’s what New Yorker’s do. Right? A Registered Nurse, a lawyer now author.
As she evolved so did her career choices. After completing her graduate degree in nursing, she spent many years in the university setting sharing the dreams of the enthusiastic nursing students she taught. After twenty rewarding years in the medical field she attended law school and has spent the last twenty-four years as an attorney helping people navigate the turbulent waters of the legal system. Not an easy feat. And now? Now she is sharing the characters she loves with readers hoping they are intrigued by her twisting and turning plots and entertained by her writing
About the book
Her husband wants her locked away in a psychiatric facility. His business partner wants her dead.
Trust. Who do we place our trust in every day? Family members, friends and people who we turn to for help, doctors. But what if the doctor you placed your trust in had secrets? Dark secrets. So many secrets.
Isabella Armond is an ordinary Parisian woman with a comfortable life — until a shocking discovery shatters her perfect world. As her husband’s behavior becomes increasingly unstable, Isabella slowly realizes all the signs point to the fact he is not who he appears to be. Is he a respected Cardio-thoracic surgeon with a thriving Paris medical practice helping people? Or is he leading a double life which involves the international trafficking of black market organs? Greed, blood money, and psychopath are the terms she learns are associated with a man she thought she knew.
Forced to delve deeper into her husband’s secret life, she makes discoveries that will make her question everything she believed forcing her to face an impossible decision. She is desperate to uncover the truth, but once you know something, it can’t be unknown. The more she learns, the more she wishes she knew nothing at all.
When the sun dims, your second self shall disappear. Consequences not of her making were nipping at her heels. Tick. Tock.
This is part of a series, but can be read as a standalone novel. It starts or intersects just before the end of the events of the last book.
I think it’s fair to say that this read is much darker than the previous one. It’s brutal, violent and less forgiving. McGillick brings out the nasty hardcore criminal, as opposed to perhaps the more charming one of the last story.
To the outside world, and his wife Isabella, Adrien is a successful Cardio-thoracic surgeon. He is also arrogant and controlling, perhaps this comes with the god-like status awarded to him due to his career choice. Behind the golden mask lurks the persona of a greedy sociopath.
The truth is that his greed and connections have made him want more, which in turn means having to put the lives of others at risk. Being involved in black market organ trafficking makes him scum of the earth and also incredibly ruthless. A man willing to sacrifice his wife to get what he wants.
Isabella eventually has to make a choice. Does she let herself be steamrollered by her husband or does she stand up to him, even if it’s not directly done in his presence, and force him to acknowledge that she refuses to be treated like some rubbish he wants to discard.
It’s a dark thriller with a vicious modern crime vibe. McGillick combines domestic fear and control with crimes of our era to create a brutal and relentless read.