This is one of my favourite books of the year. It was a joy to read, and the story pulled me further into it with every page.
In this first book in the series, we meet Dora, an end-of-life palliative care nurse. She’s assigned a new client, a lady dying of cancer, and while hers is not to judge, she disapproves of this lady’s former lifestyle. Dora is working the night shift, and as is often the case when death is imminent, Mags wants to talk.
Over the final weeks of her life, she tells her story and Dora, a captive audience, has to listen. What a story it is. The lives of the two women from very different walks of life twine and intermingle, helped along by an array of fascinating supporting characters.
A brilliant read not to be missed. I loved it and was sorry when it ended—the mark of an excellent book.
Katherine Black / Susan (Sooz) Simpson
Founder of Best Book Editors
Katherine has held almost every single job imaginable, from painting gnomes to zookeeper. She spent most of her life in the caring profession and has managed both a nursing home and a care agency. But her passion for the written language always brings her home to novel writing.
Born in Tyne-and-Wear, North-East England, she has settled in the beautiful Lake District, Cumbria, with her partner, two dogs, a cat, an iguana and a python (just don’t ask her which of those six things is her favourite!).
She specialises in content creation and social media outreach, and has been a developmental editor for hundreds of clients. She owns and operates bestbookeditors.com where she helps foundling authors polish their skills. However, after being diagnosed with a dramatic brain condition in 2022, she has had to let 23 staff go, and scale back the business. BBE is still very much open, we are just fewer and can’t take as much work on.
Katherine Black is the author of psychological thriller/detective/fantasy adventure novels.