If You Knew Her
Cassie had it all - the fairytale wedding, the stunning home, the perfect husband. But when she arrives on the intensive care ward at St Catherine's hospital in a coma, it soon becomes clear that she has a secret; a secret that changes everything.
Alice, the chief nurse on the ward begins to feel a connection with Cassie and can't...more
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I thought this was quite well done. Alternating chapters send us back into the past of Cassie and ...more
Yep, fear takes over in this one like a giant slab of burger balancing on the precipice of a very diminutive bun. A weighty proposition, with perhaps, an upended result.
The wheels creak continuously on the cart that carries Cassie Jensen into her assigned unit in the intensive care ward of St. Catherine's Hospital. It gets the attention of Frank in the ...more
Oh my goodness. If You Knew Her by Emily Elgar was so so good! It was mysterious, EMOTIONAL, and clever! We get three different POVs all told mostly in a hospital setting, which I loved!
Alice is a nurse on the 9b ward. She works hard and takes good care of her patients. Her patient, Frank, can still hear and see but can’t speak or move enjoys Alice’s company. She talks to him about everything, hoping to see some change in poor ...more
In comes Cassie, a victim of a hit and run, now in a coma. Finding out that Cassie is with child sends Alice reeling a bit as she ...more
There are inevitable comparisons here with 'Rubbernecker' by Belinda Bauer, which also takes place in a coma ward, but the stories are very different even though I loved them both as much as each other.
I really think the less said about the storyline here, the better, but it ...more
Her bag falls from her shoulder and her neck whips round as the car bites into her hip. She feels her bones crack as easily as porcelain; the impact makes her spin, an insane pirouette to the edge of the stream. Her feet can’t keep up and she falls back. Thorns shred her useless hands as she clutches the hedgerows for support, but it’s just brambles and loose branches; it doesn’t even slow her down. She hears herself scream, distant , as if it’s ...more
The novel revolves around 3 central characters
Anne- the slightly obsessed workaholic nurse that runs ward 9B.
Cassie - the main character & victim of the attack, who is in a coma on ward 9B.
and Frank - A fellow patient on ward ...more
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You can find my review on both Goodreads and Amazon. On Goodreads from today under Karen Whittard and on Amazon under k.e.whittard from publication date.
If you like crime books do not miss this one. I think that this one stands out from the crowd because instead of being cantered around the police it is about ...more
Centred around a hospital ward, we get to know Alice who is excellent at her job and really connects and cares about her patients. There is Frank who she believes is suffering from locked-in syndrome, even though her boss disagrees, and the close-knit group of staff who feel like family. But Alice is struggling with her ...more
You learn the backstory from Cassie's memories, and in the present, nurse Alice has the feeling that something just ...more
1. Alice, who is a nurse working on 9B, an ICU/HDU type ward. She’s a highly experienced nurse who is also dealing with the struggle of trying to get pregnant.
2. Frank, a patient on 9B who suffers from “locked-in syndrome”, a coma-like state in which the person ...more
Three main characters :
1) Alice, an ICU high dependency unit nurse and her two patients
2) Frank, with a tracheotomy and ventilator suffering from "locked in syndrome", post stroke and alcoholism
3) Cassie, a young wife with a head injury and coma, post a hit and run accident
The story revolves around the lives of all the three, Alice with her husband David and her inability to sustain her pregnancies. Frank and his relationship to daughter ...more
I did not love this book. But I also did not hate this book.
I felt like it had a good premise of a story that I kept hoping would get suspenseful and riveting but it just never got there for me.
I felt like the outcomes was a little predictable even with a couple twists mixed in ... it just never had me fully captivated.
And honestly I was disappointed by the entire ending for all three major ...more
I did predict the ending early on but that's because I've read so many books in the genre that I know what to look for - it was still a good read although nothing new to me.
**3.75 stars rounded up!**
Written by Emily Elgar
Reviewed by Diana Iozzia
A startling entry in the psychological thriller subgenre, “If You Knew Her” by Emily Elgar grips ahold of its readers, with an enchanting and harrowing tale. The story follows three perspectives: the past perspective of Cassie, a woman who has been brutally injured in a hit and run, Alice, her nurse, and Frank, a man who is also in a coma, on the same ward as Cassie.
With a twisted eye for detail, Elgar creates highly likeable ...more
** Minor spoilers ahead **
Alice is the ward nurse at St. Catherine's on 9B, where the most serious and grievously injured patients are brought.
Here, she has befriended Frank, alive but stuck in locked-in syndrome and the newest patient, Cassie, a young woman with a severe head injury after surviving a hit and run.
This book had me up late into the night and early morning, it was a page turner, full of suspense and mystery.
Frank is one of the patients in the critical care ward believed to be in a complete vegetative state, but he is not, he is trapped in his body. He hears everything and sees everything going on around him in the hospital, he just can't move, he can only stare.
Cassie is emitted in the bed across from Frank after getting hit by a car and left in a ...more