The Waiting Room

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Veronica Shelton has been struggling with postpartum depression. It doesn’t help that her husband died. She can barely look at her daughter, Sophie. Veronica has her mother living with her to help, but she is still barely functioning. She finally decides to see a therapist, and there in The Waiting Room is where she first meets Gillian, a mother dealing with the loss of her son, and sees Mark, a single dad. One morning, Veronica wakes up to her daughter missing and her mother nowhere to be found. The police immediately suspect her, so she flees, calling Gillian and Mark to help her find her Sophie. But not everyone is what they seem, and even Veronica isn’t sure what’s real and what’s not anymore. Who do you trust when you can’t even trust yourself?

As someone who has experienced postpartum depression, this book resonated with me. Now, obviously, this is an extreme case and very dramatic circumstances. But it did make it easier to identify with Veronica. At the same time, she wasn’t a super likable character, but it’s possible I wasn’t either while experiencing that. While the story might seem somewhat far-fetched, you’d be surprised how far people will go to tell themselves something isn’t true. We are all capable of great lies, and our minds can go to extreme lengths to protect itself.

If you enjoy psychology and the effects of depression, then I think you’ll enjoy this book. It’s not just thrilling, there is hope there, too. It might even make you a little more understanding toward those going through depression and/or experiencing loss of a loved one.


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Author Emily Bleeker
Star Count 4/5
Format Hard
Page Count 260 pages
Publisher Lake Union Publishing
Publish Date 2018-Aug-28
ISBN 9781503900882
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Issue October 2018
Category Mystery, Crime & Thriller
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