The Nurse – ARC Book Review

Title:- The Nurse

Author:- Claire Allan

No. of pages:- 323 pages

Date published:- will be published on March 17th 2022

Publisher:- Avon

Genre:- Psychological Thriller


Someone is watching her. She just doesn’t know it yet.

Nell Sweeney has led an ordinary life. Every day she walks to and from the hospital where she works as a nurse, believing that no harm can befall her.

Until one day she is taken.

Because someone out there has a secret. Someone out there has been watching Nell – and they’ve been watching others like her too.

Nell is the unlucky one – she was in the wrong place at the wrong time. And if she isn’t found soon, someone will make sure that she isn’t the last woman to disappear…

The Nurse by Claire Allan is a fast paced thriller that will hook you into the story from the first chapter itself.

Marian and Stephen Sweeney are happily married with a daughter Nell who is independent and works as a nurse. One day, Marian gets a call from Nell’s roommate that Nell hasn’t been seen around for a few days and that she didn’t even go to work, which is highly unlikely of her. Someone has been watching Nell and that someone has a deep dark secret.

This is the first book I have read from this author and actually, this story was really good. There were some twists and turns along the way, with a fast paced theme that will draw the reader into the story. Besides the family drama of Marian dealing with her daughter’s disappearance, there is also the dark story of that “someone” who gets into a wrong type of group. The story is told from the perspectives of Marian, “the someone” and Nell, who is describing her situation as a kidnapped person. Overall, to me, I stayed up all night, reading this book, trying to see who this “someone” is and what will happen in the end! This was actually a really good fast paced thriller that will not disappoint anyone!

Worth five stars in my opinion!

Many thanks to Netgalley and Avon for the ARC. The review is based on my honest opinion only.

Claire Allan is a Northern Irish author who lives in Derry~Londonderry.

She worked as a staff reporter for the Derry Journal for 17 years, covering a wide array of stories from court sessions, to the Saville Inquiry into the events of Bloody Sunday, health and education and human interest features.

She wrote her first novel in 2006, to mark her 30th birthday and it (Rainy Days and Tuesdays) was subsequently published and became an instant bestseller in 2007.

Claire wrote seven further women’s fiction novels between 2007 and 2015. In 2016 (when she turned 40) she decided to change genre and try her had at domestic noir. Her first domestic noir novel, Her Name Was Rose was published by Avon/ HarperCollins in 2018 and became a bestseller in the UK, Canada, Australia and was a USA Today bestseller.

It was subsequently nominated in the Dead Good Reader Awards in 2019.

Claire has followed up on the success of Her Name Was Rose with Apple of My Eye and Forget Me Not.

Her next novel, The Liar’s Daughter, will be published in 2020.

She is working on a fifth psychological thriller at present.

Claire still lives in Derry with her husband, two children, two cats and a very spoiled puppy.

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