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The Doctor's Child

Series: The Doctor's Wife #4


Publisher: Bookouture

Publication Date: 05/01/2024

Format: e-book My Rating: 5 Stars (ARC)

The doctor is dead. Now his daughter wants revenge…

‘I’ll always protect you.’ These are the words my mother whispered to me every time she kissed me goodnight.

And whenever we ventured outside our windswept seaside village, she’d clutch my hand tightly and her face would be pinched and pale. I never understood why. But now I do.

Growing up, I’d heard the whispers and the rumours. My mother tried to keep the truth from me, but she failed. I understand exactly what happened eighteen years ago. I know I am the murdered doctor’s child.

Everything could have been so different if the doctor’s wife hadn’t ruined my mother’s life – and mine too. We could’ve been a proper family, living in a big house with a stunning sea view. Instead, I never got to know my dad and my mother is a shadow of the person she once was, always looking over her shoulder…

Glancing at my fair hair and bright blue eyes in the mirror, I realise I’m just like my father. And it’s up to me to right the wrongs of the past.

They say the doctor’s wife is clever and calculating. That she gets away with murder. But she hasn’t met me yet…

From the number one bestselling author of The Doctor’s Wife, this is a totally gripping and page-turning psychological thriller that will keep you guessing until the final jaw-dropping twist. If you love Behind Closed Doors, Gone Girl and The Housemaid, you’ll be hooked on The Doctor’s Child.



My Review

Daniel Hurst, the king of revenge plots, returns with his famous Doctor's Wife series explosive finale with #4,THE DOCTOR'S CHILD.

Fans have anxiously followed the journey of the doctor's wife and mistress throughout the series, leading up to their explosive meeting with the two daughters. Get ready for some fireworks in this twisty suspense thriller. SCANDALOUS!

Two mothers will do anything to keep their daughters safe.

As we learn from previous books, Doctor Drew Devlin and his mistress, Alice Richardson, have an affair. It was widely known nationwide for its crime documentaries and news articles.

A child was born out of this fateful affair, a daughter, Evelyn. Drew, the doctor/father, was murdered by Fern, the wife, due to the affair. Then, she goes on to murder more people to hide her secrets.

At present, the focus is the grown teen daughter, Evelyn. The doctor's child.

Surrounding the murder- the players:

Fern Devlin—The doctor's wife (Drew). The black widow.

Cecilia—Fern's daughter with Greg (dead)

Doctor Drew Devlin—(dead)

Alice— Drew's Mistress

Evelyn—(Alice & Drew's daughter from the affair).

Tomlin—The detective

Tomlin is still haunted. He could not catch Fern several times and initially charged the wrong woman. He is now sick. Will Fern be caught before he reaches the end?

Fern Devlin, the infamous doctor's wife, is still on the run. Every time Fern is involved, there are deaths and bodies to follow. She seems to outsmart everyone. Manipulative, intelligent, evil, wicked, clever and devious.

Revenge is a powerful motivator. Motherhood is also powerful.

Fern Devlin is the doctor's widow, the woman who every police officer in the UK is still on the lookout for.

She has changed her name and appearance. She is known as an ex-at who left England and moved to a small French village, seamlessly blending into life in her new country. No one knows the true Fern. None know her as a murderer. She has lived almost eighteen years without anyone knowing who she is.

Now almost sixty, she is marrying an older doctor, Pierre, and her lovely daughter, Cecilia, is eighteen.

Greg is the father and the man she murdered while trying to uncover her lies and murder. She also had been involved in more murders— Rory, her accomplice in Drew's murder back in Arberness, and Greg, her daughter's father. She gave birth to her daughter in Cornwall and fled with her overseas. Before this book is over, she will murder someone else when they find out who she is and threaten to expose her.

Fern also keeps her secrets from her husband and her daughter. No one can ever find out, or she will be in prison for the rest of her life. Her daughter would also hate her. She can never know the real Fern.

Motherhood has changed Fern, and she would do anything for her. However, she does not know how this will be tested. She can never go back to England.

Alice's child, Evelyn, is around eighteen-nineteen and a little older than Cecilia.

The last time Fern saw Alice was on a clifftop in Cornwall. Alice allowed Fern to escape despite spending so much time trying to catch her. Fern had also set up Alice, sending her to prison to take the fall until they proved she was innocent.

Told from POVs: Alice, Fern, Evelyn, and Cecilia (past and present).

Someone is trying to blackmail Fern, and she is worried that someone is on to her and that she will be on the run again.

Before attending university, her daughter decided to travel to Paris with friends, get jobs, and live there. Fern is worried about her, but she has to let her go.

But little does she know along the way, she will meet Alice's daughter, and when the parents visit, she will come face to face with the woman she set up and murdered.

How will her daughter react when she discovers the truth? When her daughter discovers who she is and what she has done, will she turn her in?

What happens in Paris is EXPLOSIVE! Hurst gives his fans their money's worth in the grand finale showdown, THE DOCTOR'S CHILD!

I had guessed this book would follow (or hoped so)reading the last book—so the characters could come full circle where it all began.

It's a big world out there, but this is fiction. You know the two mothers and daughters had to meet (fate) and everything to be unraveled, but you do not know how it will be unveiled and who will be collateral damage.

Even though the author provides a lot of background, I highly recommend reading all the books in the series to fully understand the characters. I have certainly enjoyed this series, and no one does it better than Daniel Hurst.

Who knew one man's affair could cause this powerful and complex domino effect? I appreciated how the author chose to end the book. You almost feel sorry for Fern—from murderer, motherhood, and a road to redemption.

I enjoy this author's writing—both his series and standalones. I'm not sure how he cranks out all these books. His writing is crisp and clear, with short chapters, twisty plots, fast-paced suspense, and well-developed characters. He is my go-to author for dark humor, psychological thrillers, and domestic suspense.

I turned on the audio feature of the e-book and listened in one day!

Thanks to Bookouture and NetGalley for an advanced reading copy in exchange for an honest opinion.

@JudithDCollins | #JDCMustReadBooks

My Rating: 5 Stars

Pub Date: May 1, 2024

About the Author

Daniel Hurst is an Amazon #1 bestselling author of fast paced psychological thrillers. His most popular titles include Til Death Do Us Part, The Passenger and The Doctor's Wife, the latter title reaching #1 on the Amazon UK Kindle store in February 2023. A regular KDP Select All Star since he became a full-time author in 2021, Daniel prides himself on writing fast, releasing stories often and engaging with his readers.

You can visit him at, where you can also download a copy of his FREE thriller 'Just One Second.'







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