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{Review} DOCTOR PERRY, by Kirsten McKenzie

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{Review} DOCTOR PERRY, by Kirsten McKenzieDOCTOR PERRY by Kirsten McKenzie
Published by Squabbling Sparrows Press on April 26, 2018
Genres: Crime, Dark Fiction, Fiction, Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller, Thrillers & Suspense
Pages: 316
Format: eBook
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Under the Hippocratic Oath, a doctor swears to remember that warmth, sympathy, and understanding may outweigh the surgeon's knife or the chemist's drug.

Doctor Perry assures his elderly patients at the Rose Haven Retirement Home that he can offer warmth, sympathy, and understanding. Doctor Perry is a liar.

Hiding from a traumatic past, Elijah Cone wants nothing to do with the other residents at the Rose Haven, content to sit at his window waiting to die. He's about to learn that under Doctor Perry death is the easy option...
Do you trust your doctor?

DOCTOR PERRY is the second horror novel written by author Kirsten McKenzie.  In this tale, we have an infusion of visceral, emotional, and psychological horror, with some crime and thriller elements added to the blend.  At first glance, the residents of the Rose Haven Retirement Resort have it as bad as some of those understaffed, tightly budgeted nursing homes you hear about on the news. However, their reality is far worse . . .

“Doctor Perry assures his elderly patients at the Rose Haven Retirement Home he can offer warmth, sympathy, and understanding.  Doctor Perry is a liar.”

Our main antagonist, Doctor Perry, is operating “behind the scenes” of a senior living facility.  The kind of medicine he peddles is unlike anything you’ve ever heard of–and if you had, you likely wouldn’t be around to tell about it.

One resident, Elijah Cone–a former all-star coach–believes he deserves to be punished by spending his remaining years in a filthy, unhappy establishment like this.

“. . . A shopping list of bad decisions had forced him into this waiting room of death . . . “

Even his views are going to come into question.

Despite the large cast of characters here–between the residents, orderlies, other staff, Dr. Perry’s wife, and all his other patients–only a handful really stood out to me.  Of these, there were a few that I found myself looking forward to in various scenes.

The idea behind Dr. Perry’s medicinal treatments was certainly unique.  McKenzie created some very vivid scenes of horror and pain, along with a villain who is truly devoid of any sort of empathy for his fellow man.  A more perfect character for this roll, I couldn’t begin to imagine.

“Humans gravitate towards mayhem as a way of assuring themselves that they’re still alive, a reminder that there is always someone worse off than them . . . “

The scenes from the Rose Haven Home are mostly full of sorrow, indignities, and a loss of any sort of hope.  A thoroughly depressing atmosphere, with the exception of a very few friendships.  The author uses these emotions to steer her readers–not to mention, characters–into a state where all hope is gone, and happy endings never seem to be in sight.  Even the most sympathetic of characters are not looking forward to another day of life here.

“. . . a hellish reminder of the end of his life . . . A purgatory only death would release him from.”

While we learn very early on what Doctor Perry’s motives are, there are a couple of sub-plots woven in that kept me guessing until the very end.  Honestly, these were my favorite parts of the novel.  The smaller, insidious story-lines really captured my attention and made me sit back and think about the possible ramifications to come, even after I finished the story.

Overall, a unique concept with some excellent off-shoots from the main story.  I would have liked a little more insight into some of the characters, and background on a few others, but otherwise a solid novel.  There were some gruesome scenes with the doctor, and several discoveries that I didn’t see coming.


About Kirsten McKenzie

For many years Kirsten McKenzie worked in her family’s antique store, where she went from being allowed to sell the 50c postcards in the corner of Antique Alley as a child, to selling $5,000 Worcester vases and seventeenth century silverware, providing a unique insight into the world of antiques which touches every aspect of her writing.

Her historical fiction novels ‘Fifteen Postcards’ and it’s sequel ‘The Last Letter’ have been described as ‘Time Travellers Wife meets Far Pavilions’, and ‘Antiques Roadshow gone viral’. The third book in the series ‘Telegram Home’ will be released in November 2018 by Accent Press.

Her bestselling gothic horror novel ‘Painted’ was released in 2017, with her medical thriller ‘Doctor Perry’ following closely in April 2018.

She lives in New Zealand with her husband, her daughters, an SPCA rescue cat and a kitten found in the neighbour’s shed, and can usually be found procrastinating on Twitter under the handle @Kiwimrsmac.


I am an avid reader/reviewer and collector of books--primarily horror, supernatural, and supernatural-themed thrillers.


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