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The Waiting Room

ISBN: 9781503900882

Publisher: Lake Union

Publication Date: 8/28/2018

Format: Hardcover

My Rating: 5 Stars +

Top Books of 2018 From the bestselling author of When I’m Gone and Working Fire comes a gripping novel about a mother, her missing daughter, and the dark secrets that engulf them. Ever since her husband’s death collided with the birth of her daughter, postpartum depression has taken hold of Veronica Shelton. She can’t sleep, can’t work, and can’t bear to touch her beautiful baby girl. Her emotional state is whispering lies in Veronica’s ear: You’re a bad mother. Your baby would be better off without you. But not everything can be reasoned away by Veronica’s despair. Can it?

After all, the break-in at her house happened. The disturbing sketches she found in her studio are real. So is the fear for her daughter’s safety—especially when Veronica comes home to a cold, silent nursery and a missing baby.

As she turns from victim into primary suspect, Veronica realizes that only she can find her daughter. Authorities aren’t helping. They’re only watching. Veronica’s concerned mother has suddenly vanished from her life. And a new friend seems to be keeping secrets from her too. Now, reality is waiting for Veronica in a dark place—because someone’s mind games have only just begun.

A special thank you to #LakeUnion and #NetGalley for an advanced reading copy.

The Waiting Room


Advance Praise

“Engrossing…The complex denouement reveals one surprise after another.” –Publishers Weekly

“Clever and unpredictable, The Waiting Room is psychological suspense at its finest. Bleeker ingeniously pulls aside the curtain to expose the dark underbelly of grief after a tragic loss. The story moved at breakneck speed and kept me on my toes, delivering an ending I didn’t see coming. Mind-blowing!” —Kerry Lonsdale, Amazon Charts and Wall Street Journal bestselling author

“Emily Bleeker’s books are always compelling reads, and The Waiting Room is no exception. I flew through the pages, desperate to discover the truth about Veronica. A wonderful tale of emotional suspense and heartbreak.” —Victoria Helen Stone, author of #1 Amazon bestseller Evelyn, After

“Fast-paced and suspenseful from page one, a story where nothing is as it seems. The answer to the mystery of what happened hovers just off the page, and just when you think you have it, a jaw-dropping twist will take your breath away. Fans of Emily Bleeker will not be disappointed.” —Barbara Taylor Sissel, bestselling author of The Truth We Bury and Faultines


About the Author

Emily Bleeker

Emily Bleeker is a former educator who learned to love writing while teaching a writer’s workshop. After surviving a battle with a rare form of cancer, she finally found the courage to share her stories, starting with her debut novel, Wreckage, followed by the Wall Street Journal bestseller When I’m Gone and Working Fire.

Emily currently lives with her family in suburban Chicago. Connect with her or request a Skype visit with your book club at






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