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The Waiting Room

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  7,403 ratings  ·  765 reviews

From the bestselling author of When I’m Gone and Working Fire comes a gripping novel about a mother, her missing daughter, and the dark secrets that engulf them.

Ever since her husband’s death collided with the birth of her daughter, postpartum depression has taken hold of Veronica Shelton. She can’t sleep, can’t work, and can’t bear to touch her beautiful baby girl. He

Kindle Edition, 268 pages
Published August 28th 2018 by Lake Union Publishing
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I found this a very interesting book.

Veronica not only has a new baby but within weeks looses her husband.

She wakes one morning thinking her husband is looking after the baby but on further investigation none of them are in the house.
She panic. But then thinks maybe her husband has taken baby on a car ride to settle her.
She texts.
What she gets back is worrying.

Then, her husband is dead.
Her baby is safe.

Veronica suffers with postpartum depression . Or post natal depression as commonly called.
It a
Jul 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle, netgalley
4 took me by surprise stars

I must say that Emily Bleeker is quickly becoming one of my go to authors. I believed The Waiting Room seemed like a classic family drama, but there were more than a few surprises in store that made me quickly lose track of time. This is definitely one of my contenders for the most gut wrenching climax. I would highly recommend this as a good choice for a book club option.

Thanks to Netgalley for an e-ARC in exchange for an honest review. Publication Date is August
Carol (Bookaria)
This is a thrillingand fast-paced ride.

Veronica loses her husband soon after giving birth to her daughter Sophia. His death was devastating and in conjunction with postpartum depression these events have left Veronica emotionally vulnerable and unable to cope on her own.

One day, Veronica returns to her home after a counseling session and finds her baby gone. The police are not being as helpful and she wishes, so she takes it upon herself to find her daughter.

This was a fast-paced book with unexp
Mandy White (mandylovestoread)
Aug 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: net-galley
The Waiting Room is a tough book to review without giving anything away. It is a highly emotional read but I found it a quick read and finished it in an evening. I have previously read books by the author and couldn't wait to read this....and then I could not put it down. There is a lot happening, and at times I was in tears for the characters and what they were going through.

Veronica's life was turned upside down when her husband was killed in a car crash. Her baby girl survived the crash but n
Aug 27, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Veronica Shelton is suffering horribly from the effects of post-partum depression and is not even able to hold baby, Sophie, it has gotten that severe. With her husband, Nick, having passed away in a car crash, Veronica's mother comes to help her look after the baby and begs Veronica to get help. When Ronnie wakes up one morning to find an empty crib she begins to panic. From then on it's twists, turns and misdirection aplenty, with no real reason as to why we should rely on Veronica as a narrat ...more
Jamie Rosenblit
Aug 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs
I literally devoured this in under 12 hours. It was just that good! What started slow quickly picked up and delved into multiple twists and turns! This is the third book of Bleeker’s that I have read and while they have all been extremely different (I have yet to read Working Fire), they all have one thing in common - they are all excellent. When Veronica starts therapy to grieve the loss of her husband, she meets both Gillian and Mark in the waiting room and what happens next will definitely in ...more
May 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
WOW! What a fabulous book. If you enjoy psychological thrillers that have you guessing what is going on only to find out you were completely wrong, then this is the book for you! From all the twists and turns in the storyline, the complex characters in the book, and watching the main character's story unfold this is a must read to add to your collection.

It was interesting to read about the main characters mental illness and the extent the human mind will go to in order to protect itself from ove
Kate Vocke (bookapotamus)
Somebody get my Chiropractor on the line! I think I have whiplash from all the twists and turns! What a ride!

Emily Bleeker can consistently weave a story like nobody's business and The Waiting Room is no exception!
Just when you think you have it all figured out - WHAM! Whiplash. I cannot even explain my love for her writing, and the way she crafts these incredibly suspenseful stories. Knocked this one out of the park. Totally out of the park and past the parking lot, and across the highway... It
Aug 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: physical-arcs

The Waiting Room is one of those books that creeps up on you, it starts off fairly strong but the more you read, the better it gets. The intensity ramps up page by page and then there are several really well executed twists and turns that just kept sucking me in the further along I read. It was one of those books where I kept saying, what in the actual hell is going on here?!

I really felt for poor Veronica, she’s a widow and she has severe post partum depression, which is so understandable
Erin Clemence
Sep 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads, kindle
Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for a free, electronic ARC of this novel received in exchange for an honest review.

When an accident claims the life of her husband, leaving Veronica alone to care for her infant daughter under the crippling symptoms of post-partum depression, Veronica is left to struggle through life with only her mother as support. Every day, Veronica tries to maintain some semblance of life, continuing her work as an illustrator for a children’s book and making her da
Glenda Ricord
Jun 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
I had at first thought I would give this book ***, but when I got near the end it became a solid **** for me.

Nick and Veronica are married with an infant girl named Sophie. Veronica is unable to hold her baby or care for her in any other way due to crippling postpartum depression. Nick was killed in an automobile accident involving a drunk driver and, Sophie, who was with him at the time, was injured. Veronica's mother Barb has moved in with her to help her with Sophie. Her mother and she don't
Jul 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
I had tears by the time I finished this book. My heart felt as if every drop of emotion was drained out of it. I was in turmoil. I liked the book, yet I didn't like it in some parts.

The story goes like this, since her husband's death, Veronica has post partum depression. She couldn't touch her daughter. Her mother looked after the daily needs of her daughter till one day the child disappeared. And Veronica had to go searching for her daughter since police were doing nothing but suspecting her m
Melissa Borsey
Jul 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I can’t believe I waited this long to read this book, once I started I wasn’t able to put it down. This book was well written and very suspenseful. I loved the ending. I thank Netgalley for the opportunity to read and review this book.
Judy D Collins
WOW!!! I LOVED THE WAITING ROOM! It grabs you from the first page and never let's go.

Suspenseful, creative, imaginative, and did I say TWISTY? One of the Best Domestic Thrillers and will keep you guessing (trust me you will not figure this one out), until the REVEAL.

Emily Bleeker's best YET! A chart-topper. Definitely will make my Top 30 Books of 2o018! Complete review to follow. In the meantime, pre-0rder this one, and move to the TOP of your list.

Not a great read, but not a terrible one. I slogged through it, and honestly, the reason I did was because of the several reviews I had read that indicated a twist at the end, and a couple of "I didn't see that coming" remarks that piqued my interest more than the book itself. I found myself more engrossed with trying to figure out how the twist at the end would come about and if I could "see it coming" than any interest in the actual story. I could see quite a bit of what was to come, but I'll ...more
Tara Vaglio
Oct 04, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
I feel like I’m in the minority here, but I just did not enjoy this book. It sounded like a great story, but I found myself getting bored, not paying attention, and never reaching for it to continue reading. I didn’t connect with the characters, and the story just seemed to add random details in for convenience. It picked up for about the last 10%, but overall it was a miss for me.

Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.
Nov 08, 2019 rated it liked it
I thought The Waiting Room was just ok. The first half was slow and boring. The second half picked up especially with the "twist" but even that was predictable. I found the characters annoying and the story unbelievable.

Thank you to NetGalley, Lake Union Publishing and Emily Bleeker for a copy of "The Waiting Room" in exchange of an honest review.
Marc Bougharios
3.5 stars

A first by Emily Bleeker but it won’t be my last. It’s always exciting for me to read books by authors I’ve never read before because every author has their own way of writing a book. Some tend to focus more on the thriller aspect in a thriller novel, and some tend to focus a little more on the emotional aspect, but the thriller aspect is there.

For this book, I found the first bit a little boring and t it was until about halfway through the book where things started getting interesting
Lady Delacour
Sep 03, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I've seen this
story line before
and it was
done much better.
Listened with TTS.
Foul Language.
Cynthia (Bingeing On Books)
Oct 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Outstanding book! This one was such a page turner and the ending was completely unexpected. Loved this one.
Kristin Starcher
Oct 01, 2018 rated it did not like it
Very poorly written, I wanted to stop reading it 100 times but I kept hoping it would get better, it didn't. I was annoyed for the characters. I don't understand the 5 stars ...more
Cassie’s Reviews
Aug 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
The book starts off with Veronica dealing with death of her husband and the birth of her new baby daughter Sophie and PPD. Her PPD is so bad she can’t even look at her daughter so her mother is there to help her with Sophie and Veronica is going to therapy. At therapy she meets Gillian and mark. Gillian is dealing with the death of her son and Mark with his wife. Someone breaks into Veronica’s home one evening and the next week she comes home from dinner with Gillian and Sophie is missing! The s ...more
Jun 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
WOW--I never saw that twist coming near the end of the book. Fantastic!

Review coming soon.
Aug 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to NetGalley and Lake Union Publishers for a copy of this book.

This book was very hard to put down. Emily Bleeker did a great job of writing about postpartum depression. After giving birth to a daughter and losing her husband to a drunk driver Veronica’s life is never the same. She can’t touch her baby and stays to herself in a bad depression. Her mother takes care of the baby and finally tells Veronica she has to get help or she’s leaving.

There are four very main characters in this s
Brittney G
Oct 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing

The Waiting Room took me on a ride I was not expecting. What a rollercoaster! Emily has expertly crafted a bestseller in my opinion. I’ve connected with each character in a way that I’ve never imagined.
Linda Zagon
Jul 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
My Review of “The Waiting Room” by Emily Bleeker Lake Union Publishing, August ,2018

OMG!! WOW!! KUDOS to Emily Bleeker, Author of “The Waiting Room” for an intense, captivating, intriguing, suspenseful, chilling thriller. “The Waiting Room” is a novel, that is a page turner, riveting, and I couldn’t put it down. I read this in one sitting. After reading the conclusion of this novel, I am absolutely flabbergasted, shocked, and have to admit that I never would have expected this ending!!! The Genr
Sep 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This will knock you right out of your reading chair!
Veronica Shelton is a childrens book Illustrator who suffers from post partum depression. Her husband dies in an accident leaving her a text that reads "It was my fault". Unable to physically touch her daughter, her mother moves in for support and to care for the child. When her house is broken into no one wants to believe her. The cop that shows up doesn't believe her and he notices something in her art that Veronica has no idea how it got in
Sep 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle-unlimited
Wow...this story rocked some serious mind-fuckery!

This is one of those books where, as you're reading, you get an inkling of what might possibly be happening, but then something else weird happens, and you're like, "Nope, never mind. I'm clearly clueless.

I really can't say the things I want to say about The Waiting Room without causing spoilers, so I'll just say...if you like twisty, WTF type books? You just found your jam!
Laura Rash
Oct 06, 2018 rated it liked it
Well that certainly took some twists that I didn’t see coming. A quick and fascinating read!
Booksandchinooks (Laurie)
Thank you to Amazon Publishing for a free copy of this book for review. Veronica has recently lost her husband in an accident and due to her grief she unable to look after her baby. For months she hasn’t been able to care for her child at all, not even touching or interacting with her. She is seeing a counsellor for this and her mother is living with her and taking care of the baby. One night Veronica goes out and the next morning she discovers her baby is gone. The story takes a lot of twists a ...more
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Emily lives in suburban Chicago with her family. Between writing and being a mom, she attempts to learn guitar, sings along to the radio (loudly), and embraces her newfound addiction to running.

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