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Do No Harm

Published Date: 16th January 2018

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30 May 2018
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20 July 2018
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Description

Till death do us part…

After leaving her marriage to jealous, possessive oncologist Maxwell, Lily and her six-year-old son have a second chance at happiness with headteacher Sebastian. Kind but vulnerable, Sebastian is the polar opposite of Maxwell, and the perfect match for Lily. After a whirlwind romance, they marry, and that’s when things start to go wrong…
Maxwell returns to the scene, determined to win back his family, and events soon spiral out of control. Lily and Sebastian find themselves not only fighting for their relationship, but also their lives…
Chilling, dark and terrifying, Do No Harm is a taut psychological thriller and a study of obsession, from one of the most exciting new voices in crime fiction.

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‘Sharp, confident writing’ Peter James

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‘Wonderfully layered and gripping’ Jendella Benson

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‘I couldn’t put it down’ Paula Daly

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‘Propulsive, inventively and purely addictive’ Crime by the Book

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‘Intense and pacy’ Mari Hannah

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‘Wrong-foots you in ALL the best ways’ Caz Frear

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‘Original, daring and emotionally truthful’ Paul Burston

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‘Well written, engrossing and brilliantly unique’ Heat

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‘Prepare to be surprised’ Closer

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‘A claustrophobic and complex read’ Culture Fly

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‘Slick and compulsive’ Random Things through My Letterbox

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‘Crackles with tension’ Karen Dionne

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‘A contemporary thriller with a heart of darkness’ Live and Deadly

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‘Dark, compelling, twisted, thought-provoking and emotional’ Chapter in My Life

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‘Maxwell is determined to win his ex-wife Lily back even though she has moved on and found love with Sebastian, jealousy, spite, and rage enter their lives, laying waste. This is just so incredibly easy to read, even though the prologue cranks up the tension, and each chapter adds a whip-crack of suspense I simply galloped my way through ‘Do No Harm’. L. V. Hay has created characters who entered my mind in vibrant colourful intensity, the different points of view clear to see and feel yet disquiet fills the pages. Maxwell’s conversational diary-like entries as he makes his feelings clear slices through the new relationship. My thoughts almost turned themselves inside out as I read and the ending… oooh that ending! ‘Do No Harm’ is a little cracker, bursting with fiery energy, it certainly creates a stir’ Do No Harm is Love Reading’s Book of the Month. Love Reading

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‘After fleeing her husband, Lily finds new love with kind Sebastian. But when they marry, her jealous ex returns with sinister plans to win back his wife and son. LV Hay’s Chilling domestic thriller is out of Friday price £8.99. See Bookshop on page 77’ Do No Harm was recommended in The Sunday Express

 

Author

Lucy V. Hay is a novelist, script editor and blogger who helps writers via her Bang2write consultancy. She is the associate producer of Brit Thrillers Deviation (2012) and Assassin (2015), both starring Danny Dyer. Lucy is also head reader for the London Screenwriters’ Festival and has written two non-fiction books, Writing & Selling Thriller Screenplays, plus its follow-up Drama Screenplays. She lives in Devon with her husband, three children, six cats and five African Land Snails.
Follow Lucy on Twitter @LucyVHayAuthor, on Facebook facebook.com/LucyHayB2W and her website: lucyvhayauthor.com

Online Reviews

‘Be prepared to dive into the depths of misunderstanding … everything you have considered normal behaviour will go out of the window. What is love .. such a natural, warm conclusion tips your thinking process upside down and you will be questioning it long after the book gets set down. For lovers of psyche, horror, crime, noir look no further than Do No Harm … sometimes it’s not the monsters under the bed that cause all the damage it could be the innocent ones who charm the birds out of the trees! I am a huge fan of Orenda books their style meets my enjoyment levels, add in the magic of Lucy’s writing and this can only mean a whopping 5* from me. Many thanks to all involved, I read and reviewed voluntarily’ Ali – The Dragon Slayer 

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‘This is a book that delights in keeping you guessing as facts and assumptions pile up like a game of Jenga, only for them to collapse into an unruly heap as something you believed to be true is revealed to be a big fat lie. This happens more than once, so best not to assume anything really … Do No Harm is a book that wrong foots you from beginning to end and has more than its fair share of juicy revelations’ Crime Fiction Lover

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‘I absolutely LOVE this cover, it is just perfect for this book!! This book is a very clever piece of work, it has excellent attention to details and some fantastic characters. I was hooked right from the beginning straight through to the end and was reeling when I’d finished it – it is superb!! Five stars from me – a brilliant story – very, very highly recommended!!!’ Donna’s Book Blog

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‘It was really fascinating to try and put yourself in Lily’s shoes as she tries to work out why such unpleasant things are happening and who is behind them and see the disintegration of trust she has in the people she is closest to … It was most definitely gripping and had me turning the pages until late in to the night to get to the end and see which of my theories was the correct one, which is all you can really ask of a book of this kind and anyone who liked a psychological thriller will be hooked because it is a tricky one!’ A Little Book Problem

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‘Ooh another absolutely fabulous book from this amazing author. I loved this book it was such a brilliant, gripping but unsettling book but one that I feel will be quite difficult to review as I don’t want to give away any spoilers … The ending was so freaking good! Wow I wasn’t expecting that or for the culprit to be the person I thought it was, very cleverly done by the author. It was one of those books that had me scrambling back through the book to revisit certain parts to see if I should have realised earlier.What a manipulative, calculating character who still makes my skin crawl days after finishing the book. When you realise who they are and understand exactly what they’ve done you will feel the same I’m sure! So well plotted and developed by the author, easily one of my favourite reads this year!’ Over the Rainbow Book Blog

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Do No Harm is a gripping tale where you really never know what’s coming next. I’ve read so many novels in this genre and I can’t help myself trying to predict what’s going to happen but with this novel? I failed miserably. I kept thinking I had figured it all out and feeling quite smug and clever then my bubble was well and truly burst when L V Hay pulled that metaphorical rug right out from under me and completely twisted everything round beyond all recognition. I thought it was going to be obvious. It’s not obvious. I thought it was going to be predictable. Nope, definitely not predictable. I love when an author surprises me and refuses to submit to a cliché and Do No Harm does this time and time again. I’ve also had the misfortune to be in an obsessive, negative and manipulative relationship and the author describes the uncomfortable, confusing nature of this perfectly. Expect the unexpected with this exciting novel and just enjoy being taken along for a ride where ANYTHING could happen’ Bibliobeth

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‘‘Do No Harm’ is an excitingly chilling novel which showcases the true extent of obsession, and the lengths people would go to to get what they wanted. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this gripping novel, even if the overall theme was one that gave me the heebie jeebies on a personal level. I am very impressed by the way that L.V.Hay teases her readers and keeps them on their toes for the entire duration. A very gripping and thrilling novel, ‘Do No Harm’ is one to watch!’ The Writing Garnet

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‘Dark, twisted, and utterly spine-chilling, DO NO HARM by L V Hay is a forceful story about love and obsession that will leave you gasping for breath. The characters are compelling, engaging, and masterful and the pace is perfect as there are no flat moments to be found. I didn’t think that any story could beat L V Hay’s debut but I have to admit that DO NO HARM pips it for me and to be honest, is sitting pretty on the top of my list for the best psychological thriller this year. If you love thrillers then there is no question that you must read this book – I’m almost envious of those who get to read this story for the first time as it really is that superb!’ Books of All Kinds

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‘Lucy Hay knows how to keep a reader hooked with intriguing characters and a scenario that will make you flip the pages faster as the tension builds up. And she most definitely knows how to set a scene, which always allows me to see things play out right in front of my eyes as if I was watching it on a screen. Do No Harm is a devilish tale of manipulation and possessiveness with a disturbed and twisted individual calling the shots. Once again, Lucy Hay delivers a captivating, suspenseful and addictive page-turner that is sure to mess with your head!’ Novel Deelights

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‘This is a wonderful psychological thriller, the sort that Lucy does best. You think know where it is going ( as in who the perpetrator is) but do you? At the same time you get a chill from what is happening to a seemingly innocent family. I love that the title refers to the Hippocratic oath. This is one of my special 5** reads- awarded to around 10% of what I read each year (around 220 books in all). To achieve this they have to be memorable, keep me gripped and most of all have a brilliant ending. This one has earned it in spades. I very much look forward to the next book from Lucy’ Nicki’s Book Blog

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‘What is captivating about this story is that while a little off the rails (because hello, drama! looooove it), it is also really realistic. I’ve certainly had my fair share of run ins with men who are irrationally possessive and jealous. Praise be to Lily for getting out of that – at least once. A proper read for domestic thriller lovers’ Where the Reader Grows

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‘What a great, gripping and twisty thriller this was and what a great introduction to Lucy Hay! No honeymoon period for Sebastian and Lily as their marriage is beset with interference from the outset … The book description tells us of trouble from the obsessive ex and there were some brief dialogues interspersed throughout the book in a range of formats, which gave the reader clues as to what was to come, and maintained the suspension to the conclusion. A cleverly written book which was unpredictable, with the author successfully pointing me down dead ends and keeping me guessing until the big reveal. Not a happy ending but one which I considered brave and impressive, with some shocks along the journey’ I Loved Reading This

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Do No Harm is one of those amazing books which makes you completely uncomfortable (in the way only a great psAs the weeks roll by, more and more things happen to the young couple, pushing them to very limit and making them both revaluate their relationship. There is tension and intrigue steeped into every page, it’s a complete thrill fest and one you will not be able to put down. Dealing with the raw emotion that comes from building a new family, Lily and Sebastian seem to have jumped in feet first without thinking everything through even though they seem like the perfect couple. So why does he seem intent on sabotaging them? Or is it him? Do No Harm is utterly brilliant and one I recommend that you get now now now!!!!!’ Emma the Little Book Worm

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Do No Harm concentrates on 5 characters – if you leave little 6-year old Denny, the sixth main character of the novel, aside – and each character is even more dubious than the next. Do any of them have anything to do with what is happening in Lily and Sebastian’s life? There’s nothing I can share about the plot of this novel, except that it includes a string of red herrings that you’ll walk into with open eyes. Do No Harm was an exciting and addictive novel to read and L V Hay did a magnificent job with all the characters she created, I couldn’t rely on anyone being honest. An engrossing read that you won’t want to put down!’ The Belgian Reviewer

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‘A short, sharp, shock of read and it’s absolutely fabulous! Maxwell is determined to win his ex-wife Lily back even though she has moved on and found love with Sebastian, jealousy, spite, and rage enter their lives, laying waste. This is just so incredibly easy to read, even though the prologue cranks up the tension, and each chapter adds a whip-crack of suspense I simply galloped my way through ‘Do No Harm’. L. V. Hay has created characters who entered my mind in vibrant colourful intensity, the different points of view clear to see and feel yet disquiet fills the pages. Maxwell’s conversational diary-like entries as he makes his feelings clear slices through the new relationship. My thoughts almost turned themselves inside out as I read and the ending… oooh that ending! ‘Do No Harm’ is a little cracker, bursting with fiery energy, it certainly creates a stir’ Love Reading

 

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‘This is such a cracking story. I thought I had it sussed, then L V Hay threw that shocking conclusion at me and I realised how far off the mark I’d been. L V Hay invites her readers to discover another dark, thrilling and utterly astounding psychological thriller. Tension and turmoil abound in Do No Harm, which will turn everything you thought and believed on its head when you least expect it. This book is a striking new novel from this author. I adored her debut The Other Twin. It was one of my favourite books of 2017! I can’t wait to see what L V Hay comes up with next!! Dark. Compelling. Astonishing’ Ronnie Turner

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‘If you love thrillers like I do then I fully recommend this book to you. I thought it was cracking. If you find it slow to start with then please stick with it you will not be disappointed. This was my first Lucy V Hay book that I have read but it will not be the last’ C Bailey31 Books & Blogs

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Do No Harm is not simple, and the plotting is genius. With tiny clues planted throughout, and some chapters written from the perspective of an anonymous narrator, there is enough to let us know that something is not quite right, but not enough to give away the ending too soon. I enjoyed being able to guess what was going on, but I loved being proved wrong and the twists are magnificent. Do No Harm is my first taste of Hay’s work, but it won’t be my last!‘ Portable Magic

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‘For Lily and Sebastian, the fight is on to save everything they both wanted which was a happy and peaceful life. We get to hear from three people in the storyline two I am sure you can already guess but who is the third person. This you can decide for yourself. It is so brilliantly character driven and Hay’s writing is enough to keep you guessing and gripped. I felt so badly for Lily out of a disaster of a marriage and wanting the perfect life but someone wants their marriage to collapse. Ordinary people leading ordinary lives then all hell is breaking loose. Riveting stuff unless it is happening to you. You will be hooked’ The Last Word Book Review

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‘This book is a really compelling read. It’s such a great psychological thriller but it’s also such a well-written and well-researched book about the lengths and the ways that people will go to to manipulate and harm others … The tension builds and builds as the novel progresses and at one point I was literally on the edge of my seat wondering what was going to happen! Lucy Hay is a brilliant writer; The Other Twin was the first novel I read by her and it was so good but Do No Harm is even better so I’m already excited to see what Lucy writes next! Do No Harm is a sophisticated, disturbing and an utterly unputdownable psychological thriller!’ Rather Too Fond of Books

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‘This is an intricately plotted book which uses some clever narrative devices to keep the reader intrigued. I was wrong-footed on several occasions and incredibly smug when I thought I had figured it all out only to realise that I was drastically wrong. The writing is skilled and suspense is built so gradually that I didn’t know who to believe. At its heart this is a book about revenge and obsession and the lengths that people will go to to, in their opinion, right a wrong. It is SO creepy and with only a handful of characters incredibly claustrophobic making it a tense read. I loved that I didn’t quite trust any of the characters and how dark it was at times without it being particularly violent or bloody. The hints of menace were superb and really showed how devastating obsessive behaviour can be. Fabulous. L V Hay is the Queen of writing contemporary crime fiction with a thoroughly modern bent and Do No Harm is a compelling read. I gobbled it up’ Beverley Has Read 

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‘When I started this novel, I knew that I was in for a good read if Lucy’s debut thriller was anything to go by, but I wasn’t quite prepared for how many twists and turns there would be in the book. It seems deceptively simple at the beginning but chapter by chapter, my theories about what was going on multiplied. It all makes for a satisfying story with a killer surprise at the end … A psychological thriller which will stretch your nerves to the end’ Books, Life and Everything 

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‘If the entire book is a masterpiece, the end is one of the most astonishing and twisted I have ever read. And believe me, I’m a sucker for twisted!!! Do No Harm is a multi-layered, dark, and disturbing novel with a heart-stopping ending that will make you reconsider the limits of love’ Chocolate n Waffles

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Do No Harm is a dark tale of obsessive behaviour. One of those psychological thrillers where I couldn’t decide whether or not I’d sussed it out until I’d reached the end – and no, I’m not going to reveal whether I did or not. Ha ha. As expected from Orenda’s books, Do No Harm is of high quality, from the words on the page to the eye-catching cover. I read a lot of psychological thrillers and often struggle to find ones that grip me all the way through – Do No Harm certainly kept me engrossed from beginning to end … Do No Harm is filled with several heart-stopping moments and evil characters. The author lulls you in with a false sense of security. But then the tension and suspense escalate, gradually building up to a final crescendo. And as for that ending… what a shocker! This book is going to fly sky high! If you haven’t bought it yet, what are you waiting for?’ Off the Shelf Books

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‘I did not expect the turns that this book took, I gasped in shock and surprise numerous times as the pages turned themselves … I loved the way Lucy wrote this book, I thought I was going to get confused after reading another review about it but it was so easy to follow … I loved the way we were able to delve into each of the minds and even see events from a different perspective. Do No Harm is suspenseful, gripping, captivating and is just full of tension. My jaw was on the floor as the events of the book unfolded, my spine tingling throughout … Lucy is an extremely talented writer, just the way she wrote Do No Harm and about the theme of obsession was just incredible. Absolutely brilliant, one of my favourite psychological thrillers this year hands down’ Katie’s Book Cave

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Lucy writes a guest post about why she writes crime fiction, as part of the blog tour. Page Turner’s Nook

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Lucy takes part in an interview as part of the blog tour for Do No harm. Jessica’s Reading Room

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‘This is one skilful writer. I don’t think I can begin to do justice to this amazing book in my review. I can’t quite put into words what enthralled me so much about it but as a whole package it just works so well. There’s a sense of foreboding, an unsure feeling where the characters (and I) just couldn’t work out where it was all going, a sense of being watched. That big eye on the front cover is very apt. Do No Harm is tense, unsettling, intense, twisty and utterly fabulous. Lucy V Hay is an author to watch’ Short Book and Scribes

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Lucy writes a fantastic guest post on what movies inspired Lucy to write Do No Harm. Crime Book Junkie

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‘If you are looking for a thriller that it is jaw-dropping, gripping, and character- driven, a thriller that you won’t be able to put down until you get to the very last page, then DO NO HARM should be at the top of your list. A story of love and obsession with a dark and unsettling plot and with characters that I found very intriguing, complex, deeply flawed and, for this reason, more realistic, DO NO HARM is a must-read for this summer’. Book After Book

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‘Lucy’s writing is so compelling, she has got the crazy to a tee, the emotion of the characters and all the setups. You need to hold on tight for this crazy rollercoaster! There is no respite in this book and my god so much I want to say but I can’t for the fear of giving the slightest thing away! So again not sure if it made any sense, I do try to articulate my thought..maybe I need more time but not sure if time will help… I do however need to tell you one thing…you ready…come closer…..’ Zoo Loo Book Blog

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Do No Harm is a twisty, unnerving, keep you on the edge of your seat thriller that had me gripped from the start. The pace is absolutely perfect, enough lil twists to keep you on your toes, and enough suspense and drama. The characters are so well written. I really felt for Lily and was fully invested in her relationship with Sebastian. The cover of this book is absolutely brilliant. It draws you in and freaks me out a lil. Creates the perfect feels before getting stuck in. If you enjoy gripping, compulsive, psychological thrillers then you need to read Do No Harm’ Dash Fan Book Reviews

 

‘The story begins with Lily and Sebastian’s wedding after a whirlwind romance, followed by an exotic honeymoon in Mauritius but the second they return everything starts to go wrong… Wow this is one of those books that I got so absorbed in that hours could pass and I didn’t even notice. The first book I read by Lucy V Hay was very different to this one (you can read my review of Proof Positive here) but like Proof Positive I still found myself pulled in by the characters, I got slightly too emotionally involved to be honest! … Overall Do No Harm is an original and engrossing novel that you won’t forget once you’ve read it’ On the Shelf Reviews 

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‘The characterisation is superb. No one is who they seem to be; I doubted them all and then questioned that first judgement … Why is this book worth reading? Because it is clever, it’s addictive and compelling. It drew me in as a reader and entangled me in a web of deception and obsession. What better reason to read a book than to see if you can outwit the writer’s thought processes! In Lucy V Hayes latest offering, you will find yourself measuring up to a writer who you will find difficult to out think and it is a rich and rewarding experience’ Books Are My Cwtches

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‘What an interesting book that this is. The author is an expert at writing characters that are realistic and thought provoking. This book had everything I was looking. It had a solid story which you could easily see on the big screen. As well as having a goal that Maxwell has set which is the return of his family. I really enjoyed the Maxwell character and felt sorry for him as he lost his family and then his ex decided to marry someone else. This book has what I needed at the right time. This is definitely a book and an author to watch for’ Sean’s Book Reviews

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‘The main characters were so deftly defined that I really cared what happened to them (well some of them anyway!) and there was one in particular, that I felt huge sympathy for (not saying who!). Add in the skilful plotting, the unpredictability and that menacing feeling making the reader fear what will happen next. Do No Harm is a story of obsession, deceit and manipulation. It’s a fabulous read and I absolutely LOVED it. Finally. That cover! The designer should take a bow. That is one of the best covers I have seen and suits the book perfectly’ My Reading Corner

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Lucy is interviewed as part of the blog tour. Whispering Stories

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‘It is well paced and I felt we got to know the characters just well enough to put each of them into doubt at various points through the book. Definitely a book I would recommend to friends and family and not just for its cover!’ Sandie’s Book Shelves

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‘A close domestic drama, Do No Harm is at once thrilling and suspenseful whilst infusing a sense of claustrophobia and suffocation into the mix. Coercive control, trust, the difficulties of separate parenting all have a part to play in this clever, twisty novel. Lucy Hay’s characters are well formed and believable and the small but deadly acts that slowly attack this marriage are at once petty and manageable, yet at the same time, cruel and cumulatively horrendous. This is very skillful storytelling and I was blown away by its power and its ability to misdirect and deflect. Verdict: a deeply chilling, clever and tension filled domestic noir’ Live and Deadly

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Lucy talks about 3 books that influenced her as she wrote Do No Harm as part of the blog tour. Have Books Will Read

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‘What a fabulous and captivating psychological thriller Do No Harm turned out to be. Deviously plotted the L V Hay delivers a story with sustained tension, surprises, and a constant sense of impending doom, definitely my kind of read … Do No Harm has all the ingredients I’ve come to expect in a psychological thriller and then some, with unstable characters, steeped in mystery and suspense. I raced through this book, it’s satisfyingly twisted and made for a compelling read. I should mention I loved the conclusion so satisfying and yet shocking. L V Hay is definitely an author to look out for and I’m excited to see what twisted plot she comes up with in her next book. Highly recommended’ The Book Review Café 

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Do No Harm is skilfully written as Hay has cleverly weaved a plot that keeps the reader totally on the back foot when it comes to trying to work out what is going to happen … Do No Harm is unputdownable. Hay will make you look at love in a whole new way. In Do No Harm, the concept of love is portrayed via those whose interpretation of what love is is totally skewed, and the result is a clever, chilling and utterly unnerving thriller. In Do No Harm, Hay takes the shock factor you expect in a psychological thriller and increases it by a hundred. One of the must-read thrillers of 2018’ Bloomin Brilliant Books

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‘Lucy Hay has created an absolute corker of a story in Do No Harm, it’s a cracking psychological thriller that really will keep you guessing. It’s twisted and terrifying with many surprises and so many times I wished I could tell the characters to watch their backs and not to trust anyone. I really got so engrossed in this story I felt like I was part of it, it was almost like watching a story unfold from behind a glass mirror, I could see them but they couldn’t see me and it was so frustrating at times, in a good way though. As you can probably tell I loved this book and have no hesitations in recommending it. I’m really excited to see what Lucy Hay will come up with next and hopefully we wont have too long to wait’ It’s All About the Books blog

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‘With the emphasis on thriller in the psychological thriller/domestic noir category, Lucy Hay has written another corker. Full of crackling tension that jumps off the page. If I still bit my nails, they’d be chewed down to the stump reading this book. It’s that kind of mesmerising, addictive what-the-hell-is-going-to-happen-next kind of book. A real page turner with some complex creepy characters that left me wondering who anyone was and who do I trust. A twisty tale of love, suspicion, revenge and a dark suffocating obsession that threatens to destroy everyone caught up in it and all they hold dear’ Mrs Bloggs Books

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‘One word: wowsers! Do No Harm is absolutely brilliant. I loved Lucy V. Hay’s first book, The Other Twin, but this one is on another level … This is such a fantastic read. The story is so strong, the plotting is incredible. It kept me guessing right to the end. A lot of books have clever twists but this one isn’t so much about twists as about the way Hay made me think one person was the instigator of Lily and Sebastian’s problems, then another person, or was it another person? I veered all the way through between the three. It’s not easy to write so ambiguously and yet keep the story tight. This is one skilful writer. I don’t think I can begin to do justice to this amazing book in my review. I can’t quite put into words what enthralled me so much about it but as a whole package it just works so well. There’s a sense of foreboding, an unsure feeling where the characters (and I) just couldn’t work out where it was all going, a sense of being watched. That big eye on the front cover is very apt. Do No Harm is tense, unsettling, intense, twisty and utterly fabulous. Lucy V. Hay is an author to watch’ Nudge Books

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‘As the story picked up a pace towards the end (and boy did it!) there were times I had to pick my jaw up off the floor. When the conclusion was reached I was revelling in it. All the pieces slotting together to form a perfect dastardly picture. The ending was awesome too, not a fairytale twee conclusion that has everything neatly tied up in a bow. I love that! This is a delightfully dark, twisty, turny thriller that will have you thinking you’ve got it all sewn up only to disarm you and have you going back to the drawing board. A perfect summer read. A large dollop of escapism to get your synapses flaring. Get your hands on it!’ Bookish Chat

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‘What Hay did, very cleverly, was sow deeds of doubt into my mind, and make me question just who I could and could not believe. The characters were wonderfully multi dimensional, their secrets hidden, until an event forced them up to the surface … The narrative was fast and furious, the tension palpable as I raced through the pages desperate to discover the ending. And oh my, what an ending. I was totally unprepared and did not expect the twist Hay spun in at the last minute and I would be very surprised if many people who read Do No Harm actually work it out. If you are looking for a twisty, fast paced thriller for your summer holidays then I would highly recommend Do No Harm, although you may just become a little bit antisocial as you become immersed in its pages’ My Bookish Blogspot

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‘This is definitely domestic noir at its best. From the beginning you can sense the dread begin to build, can tell that Lily’s new found happiness will not last … Bravo Ms Hay. That was pure class. It’s billed as Fatal Attraction for the modern ages, and it absolutely is. With a certain slant on it. If you are looking for a domestic based thriller which will keep you engrossed from start to finish (and I did finish this book in one evening) and which will have you guessing and second guessing all the way through, one in which characters are once again richly drawn and the atmosphere occasionally so toxic you can barely breathe, then pick up Do No Harm. You won’t be disappointed’ Jen Med’s Book Reviews

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‘There’s a delicious sense of dread that builds steadily during Do No Harm. This is such wonderfully assured domestic noir which allows the tension to creep up slowly … Do No Harm grabbed my attention from the first page and didn’t let go until the very end. Lucy V. Hay’s accomplished writing manages to ensure that the characters actions still seem credible even when the most outrageous secrets are revealed and the result is a first-rate thriller which is sinister, complex and a joy to read. Highly recommended’ Hair Past A Freckle

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‘The sense of dread builds throughout the book keeping you hooked and desperate to find out what’s going to happen. I found myself never knowing who to trust and there are so many twists and turns, that I never knew where the story was going. I went through so many theories about what was going to happen in the end because every time I thought I had guessed, something came along which changed my mind all over again. Overall, I’m giving Do No Harm 4.5 out of 5. It’s so twisty, with lots of tension and keeps you on your toes the whole way through’ Misti Moo Book Review

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‘Lots of clues scattered throughout. I really enjoyed gathering all the clues and trying to piece them together to solve the crime. The chilling end couldn’t have been better in this dark tale. Recommend to readers who enjoy characters with obsessive behavior and unsettling tactics’ Dressed to Read

 

‘The characters were definitely flawed but they felt pretty real too, and although I had worked out who was doing it all I still enjoyed reading the book and thought that the ending was great. LV Hay doesn’t take the obvious path with her stories, something that I really admire, and this makes her books interesting and thought provoking’ If Only I Could Read Faster 

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Do No Harm is a tense and clever piece of domestic noir from Lucy Hay, a twisted and dark tale of family and obsession. Into her second marriage, having escaped a controlling first, Lily hopes for a new start, however someone seems determined to ruin the happy new couple. The author racks up the tension as strange and unpredictable issues keep popping up for Lily and Sebastian. Hovering in the background is ex Maxwell, a man on the edge, themes of control and obsessive natures run throughout the narrative and the writing has a sharp and unpredictable edge. Overall a really good page turner of a read, one of those you devour in one sitting, easily stealing an afternoon of your life. Beware! Recommended’ Liz Loves Books

 

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‘Well, what can I say about this only that I didn’t like it, I absolutely LOVED it. It was absolutely fantastic. The sociopath character was absolutely brilliant, very well written and cleverly constructed, full of twists, turns and shocks … I found parts of the story made my skin crawl and it definitely didn’t disappoint. It was a spine-chilling, pulse pounding, heart thumping roller coaster ride. I know that his book will stick in my memory longer than most because of the subject matter that was involved. I am really looking forward to Lucy’s next book already. Do No Harm is definitely one of the best books I’ve read so far this year’ Celeste Loves Books

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While at first, I didn’t really connect with the writing style, I soon became engrossed in this crazy story! I was completely gripped by the exciting plot with all its twists and turns. The short chapters made for a great fast-paced read and the tension was truly palpable. The characters all had distinct voices and I enjoyed the alternating perspectives between Lily and Sebastian, with interposing snippets from our psycho’s mind! The author did a great job of making sure none of the characters could be trusted; everyone was a suspect! … I would definitely recommend this one to fans of fast-paced, crazy thrillers!’ The Paperback Piano

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‘The author weaves one hell of a dark and creepy that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Drawing you in from the very first page and keeps you there until the very end. The whole time I felt has if Lily and I was there together with her telling me story. Lucy’s writing style is sharp and crisp. I could feel the tension and anxiety within Lily’s voice. The tension build up is out of this world and of course full of OMG moments.What can I say but I flipping loved everything about it. Lucy’s writing just gets better and better this is without a doubt her best book yet. Which I highly recommend giving it all the stars’ Chelle’s Book Reviews

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‘At times I found it very unsettling, more so at the beginning when the unexplained events were less life threatening and more mind games. The acts that involved Denny left me feeling tense. Anybody who could manipulate a situation that could cause anxiety to a six year old child must have no remorse or compassion. I did eventually realise who was responsible quite late on in the novel, I have to admit I was convinced it was somebody else. Obviously I can’t say who. A brilliant, even though disturbing novel that I recommend highly’ Steph’s Book Blog

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Lucy talks about her rules for writers in the style of Elmore Leonard as a guest post for the Do No Harm blog tour. Sarah’s Book Reviews

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‘What’s great about this novel is the pull it has, the readability factor, that keeps you turning pages. I thought the characters were perfectly crafted to fit the storyline, believable in their actions, even if you don’t always agree with them. Hay really delivered on the psychological aspects of this novel, the manipulation, the controlling behaviours, were fantastic in building tension. Regarding the ending, I can’t say it came as a complete surprise, but I loved it … I highly recommend Do No Harm, it’s an engrossing read, perfect for fans of contemporary crime, who crave the drama only a domestic thriller can deliver. I thought that Hay’s previous book, The Other Twin, was very good but Do No Harm is on a different level, and that’s got me very excited for her next book!’ Keeper of Pages

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‘The author has written a dark and claustrophobic read that had me on the edge of my seat, the tension is palpable as it sprawls across the pages and the lives of all concerned. I really enjoyed the way that the story was told from different points of view and I had my mind changed at several junctures. A host of unreliable narrators add to the eeriness that pervades this writing. I can’t fault this book and will be thinking of it for many days to come. Brilliant, brilliant stuff for so many reasons’ Reflections of a Reader

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DO NO HARM by L.V.HAY is a thriller and mystery novel destined to make readers go crazy with it’s brilliant and chilling plot … Readers reading this book, be prepared to have your mind blown. The plot building, the character development and the mystery, all the factors which make the ‘thriller and mystery’ genre a hit, are all on point. The tale is spun in such a way that it ropes in readers and they cannot put it down until they have discovered everything that is meant to be the suspense. Kudos to the author for exhibiting such a fine penmanship and creating a memorable tale’ Book Worldliness

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‘There are so many words I could use to describe this book.  It’s a tense addictive read that ticked the box called “mess with your head”.  This domestic noir grabbed my attention and wouldn’t let it go.  I kept clicking through the e-book, reluctant to put it down even when my eyelids were giving up!! My mind swarmed with ideas of what the author was doing, where she was taking me … Ms Hay perfectly used diversion and subterfuge to keep me guessing what would happen next and who our culprit was! I’ve not read Ms Hay’s previous novels even though they’re sat waiting patiently on the ever growing reading pile but after reading this, I’m going to have to rearrange things a little to get them further up’ A Knights Reads

 

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‘I adored this book. It was so wonderful for me to be able to pick up a book and have no idea what was going to happen! There were so many twists and turns that I was dizzy with delight when all the reveals came together. Some I admit that I did expect but others came as a huge shock to me! The creativity of the storyline felt fresh and exciting from start to finish with a true rollercoaster of emotional responses from me all the way throughout this book and I loved it. Highly recommended for fans of psychological thrillers’ My Chestnut Tree Reading

 

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‘I really enjoyed L V Hay’s debut – ‘The Other Twin’ – but with ‘Do No Harm’ she absolutely smashes it out of the park! This book is one that you will not be able to put down. Make sure you don’t start it just before bed, because trust me, you will read way past your bedtime. Right from the very first page I was utterly in Hay’s grip and I was glued to the pages. This was pretty much a one-sitting read for me, I had to know what was going on and how it would all end … There are plenty of stalker suspects and L V Hay does a steller job of leading you one way, then sharply changing direction. There’s red herrings a-plenty and while I did guess who was behind everything, I had a great time trying to suss it all out. There are more twists than a plate of spaghetti and this makes for highly addictive reading … ‘Do No Harm’ is an intense, enthralling, unpredictable read. I loved every second of it and I cannot recommend it enough’ Emma’s Bookish Corner

 

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Do No Harm twisted and turned like a worm burrowing its way into my mind providing a slow and almost seductive descent into dark domestic noir! Delicious little droplets of uneasiness leak from the pages and seeped under my skin. I read with that feeling that something wasn’t quite right but I just couldn’t put my finger on it! Slow and tantalizing, this novel had me wrapped up right inside the pages and I stayed there until I was done … If you seek a tense, dark, enthralling domestic noir experience then settle yourself down and sink into the darkness that is Lucy V Hay’s mind and enjoy!’ Chapter in my Life

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Do No Harm is highly addictive. I think it is a story that would make an excellent television drama. Lucy Hay has created some really disturbing characters in her latest book. I could never quite be sure who was telling the truth and when the final revelations came at the end, I was just sitting there with my eyes widening as I read the final words on the page … Do No Harm is an excellent, character driven psychological thriller that I highly recommend. Thank you to Anne Cater at Random Things Tours for inviting me to take part in the blog tour and to Karen Sullivan at Orenda Books for sending me a copy of the book to review’ Hooked From Page One

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‘I think the plotting in this was perfect, I of course won’t give details but there was no element of the unbelievable that can creep up in a psychological thriller and obsession is such a clever route to pick because people do tend to go to their furthest darkest point when they are consumed by it. Do No Harm will definitely make you feel all the twisted emotions that you want from this genre, it doesn’t rely too much on over the top twists instead it plays a lot more with your feelings and makes sure you are invested the whole way through. I’ll be on the lookout for anything else that L V Hay writes’ Everywhere and Nowhere

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‘Hay does not disappoint with the devious twist at the end. As expected it is completely messed up and a wee bit wicked. I enjoy the fact she doesn’t feel the need to present the perfect or happy ending. The truth comes way out of left field and the worst part is that a part of it remains hidden in the shadows, jut waiting for a new chance to pounce. Hay enjoys misleading her readers and leading them up the garden path, the result is always a captivating read’ Cheryll MM’s Book Blog

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‘There are a lot of psychological thrillers out there and so many books that talk about a twist you didn’t expect so you may have doubts about this book but don’t. This book stands above many of the others and the twist is genuinely unexpected. It is, in my opinion, a very overused phrase but for this book it is entirely appropriate. If you only buy one more psychological thriller this year, make it this one. I doubt you’ll be disappointed’ Book Lover Worm Blog

 

‘Hay is a sneaky little devil, while I was reading this I kept thinking, ok I see exactly where this is going, to an avid reader such as myself things seemed obvious, but I was so engrossed I didn’t even care that I “knew” what would happen next. Imagine my surprise when I was wrong! Not once, not even twice, but too many times to count. Shame on me for being so cocky and bravo to the author for shocking me so much. Well played Hay, well played. I said before I loved her writing style, it’s razor sharp and highly unnerving at the same time and she writes cleverly short chapters that just entice you to go further and further to see what will happen next … If you love psychological thrillers as much as I do then definitely check this one out, it surprised me in the best possible way and had such a strong ending I’m still thinking about it days later … Unsettling, Obsessive and Compulsive’ Novel Gossip

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‘Hay knows how to create strong female characters; both Lily and Triss are independent and feisty, at least until Maxwell’s wiles get to work on them; and Fran knows how to get her own way. The men are well drawn too: Maxwell is a good-looking charmer, and Sebastian’s strength of character is marred by a distinctly vulnerable streak. She is also skilled at bringing locations to life: the quirky maisonette in which Lily and Sebastian set up home together; Fran’s far more spacious and luxurious house; even the school in which Lily, Triss and Sebastian work. The dual viewpoint style adds to the rising tension. The reader sees Lily and Sebastian played off against each other, though they have no idea what’s happening; and though suspicion is pointed in several wrong directions, all the clues are there waiting to be spotted. Definitely one for fans of the psychological thriller’ Promoting Crime

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