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  • A book for courageous readers

    Here's a book that's easy to read, but hard to review. It's a page-turner, thrilling while sensitive, super-serious while witty, and gutsy while insightful. So why so difficult to review? In the first place, I want to give my reader information about the story, but I don't want to give anything away. No spoilers. More than that, however, it makes me feel like an appraiser of fine property confronted with an item for which there is nothing comparable. It's simply unlike anything else I've ever read. According to the biographical notes, Melissa Yi is a Chinese-Canadian emergency physician at the same time she's an award-winning author. All those adjectives show clearly in her captivating first-person story: Chinese, Canadian, physician, and especially emergency. Suffice it to say that this thriller involves not just one emergency, but too many to count, one on top of the other. What kind of emergencies? Without giving away any spoilers, let's just say that there's everything from birth to death, love to hate, brilliant feats of intellect to brutal acts of ignorance. And all in the space of an hour or so. The book ends with a quote from T.S. Eliot: “Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.” In Stockholm Syndrome, Melissa Yi risks going too far—and succeeds in taking courageous readers where they've never gone before.

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  • Page-turning enjoyment

    The mark of a truly engaging book is when you know you need a decent night's sleep, but you can't seem to stop yourself from staying up way too late to find out what happens. So now I have a "book hangover" - but it was worth it. Consistently gripping, with the ring of authenticity on every page (which I hope derives from the author's real-life career as an emergency room physician, rather than any previous experience as a hostage... or hostage-taker). I hadn't read any of the other Hope Sze books before, but didn't find that an impediment. Now I'm curious to see if I enjoy those as much as I did this latest instalment. An unconventional Christmas story, to be sure, but a thoroughly enjoyable one. Recommended.

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  • Awesome

    Fast paced from page 1!! Full of suspense and twists that kept me wanting for more at the end. Plus I enjoyed the sarcastic humour. I laughed out loud a few times. Can't wait for the next book!

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  • Get this book now!

    I was so excited to get my hands on the latest Hope Sze thriller…and what a thriller it was! I was captivated from the first page and ended up getting out of bed at 5am so that I could finish it and find out what happened - that’s how compelling a read it is. The thing I like most about this series is Hope’s sarcastic wit and this book is filled with her one-liners even in the grimmest of situations. Another thing I love about this series is that it is set in Montreal, my hometown, and it is always fun to be able to envision all the places a literary friend is visiting. The underlying question for me is of course, Ryan or Tucker? I am definitely #TeamTucker but I trust Hope to eventually choose the guy that makes her happiest. I can’t wait to read the next installment of her exciting life! If you haven’t read the whole series yet, get started with Book 1 – Code Blues and read them all…you won’t be disappointed.

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  • Captivvating

    This book hooked me from the start. It was filled with anticipation, suspense. I would recommend it highly!

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