So today I have the third book in the Dr Bloom series which I have been absolutely loving, I will link my reviews of the first two books below if you would be interested to check them out. A massive thank you to Anne from Random Things Tours for inviting me along again.
Let’s jump in…
In the third gripping thriller from Leona Deakin, Dr Bloom places herself in extreme danger. Undercover in a sinister cult, can she save a group of vulnerable young women before it’s too late?
The Foreign Secretary is being held under the Terrorism Act. He will answer the police’s questions on one condition – they let him speak to Dr Augusta Bloom.
He asks Bloom to track down his niece, Scarlett, who hasn’t spoken to her family for ten years. The last they heard, Scarlett was getting involved with Artemis – an organisation dedicated to women’s rights and the feminist movement, led by the charismatic Paula Kunis.
But as Bloom learns more about Artemis, she’s torn. Is this organisation everything it claims to be, or do they have a secret side and an alternative agenda? And if so, what has become of Scarlett?
The only way to find out for sure is for Bloom to go undercover. But will she make it out safely – or will she become the next Artemis woman to disappear?
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I didn’t read the synopsis for this book as I knew I’d loved the first two books in this series so it was a real surprise to me that Bloom would be entering a cult. I’ve always been super interested by cults so to see the inner workings from a psychologists point of view made it so hard to put this book down.
I adore the relationship between Bloom and her partner Marcus they really make this series so special.
I really loved the psychological breakdown of the group and how they infiltrate the vulnerable brain. Taking away their sense of time, lack of sleep and food aswell as no time alone with their own thoughts as the other members are constantly pushing their beliefs on them. Of course I’m not going to mention any of the plot as I didn’t know anything before I jumped in and I believe this made the reading experience more enjoyable.
The tension in Hunt had me clenching my jaw so tight that my cheeks hurt. I highly recommend this series to everyone, it’s so easy to read but also compelling.
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So who is Leona Deakin?
Leona Deakin draws inspiration for her writing from her own experiences having started her career as a psychologist with the West Yorkshire Police and her successful work in psychology since. Leona was part of a team responsible for designing methods of selection for recruiting and promoting officers from PC to Chief Superintendent. Her role was to create realistic policing scenarios – from personnel issues to large scale incidents (plane crash, terrorist bomb etc) – that could be used to test leadership skills. To do this she spent a great deal of time interviewing and observing officers at various ranks and reviewing cases. This gave Leona an insight into the police culture that helps her to write authentic character interactions in her novels.
Leona is now an occupational psychologist and lives with her family in Leeds. She has written three novels in the acclaimed Dr Augusta Bloom series: Gone, Lost and Hunt.
See you guys in the next one…