Thanks for stopping by! I’m delighted to be sharing my review for Bedlam by L J Ross today. This was also my first audiobook from Netgalley but before we check out my review let’s take a look at the description for the book…
In a world gone mad, who can you trust?
Fresh from a high-profile case in the Paris fashion world, elite forensic psychologist and criminal profiler Dr Alexander Gregory receives a call from the New York State Homicide Squad. The wife of a notorious criminal has been admitted to a private psychiatric hospital and can no longer testify in his upcoming trial. Without her, their case will collapse, but amid reports that the staff are as unpredictable as their patients, who can the police trust?
In desperation, they turn to an outsider, and now Gregory must find the courage to step inside the fortified walls of Buchanan Hospital to uncover the truth. The question is, will he ever be the same again?
Murder and mystery are peppered with dark humour in this fast-paced thriller set amidst the spectacular Catskill Forest.
In Bedlam we catch up with Dr Alexander Gregory this time on a visit to Quantico with his friend, Bill. Soon after arriving he is persuaded to take part in an undercover operation. Alexander finds himself swiftly being admitted as a patient to a private psychiatric hospital in the Catskills to find out about a certain patient. What could go wrong?!
Bedlam is book three in the Alexander Gregory series however I do think it can be read as a standalone. L J Ross weaves in a few details from the previous books to help with any background information. So I really don’t think there would be any confusion. I have to admit as soon as Alexander agrees to go undercover I felt like shouting. Don’t do it! So there is tension from the beginning as I wondered if things would go to plan.
Bedlam really was the perfect escape for me whenever I was listening I was right there with Alexander and the other patients of Buchanan Hospital. I thought the setting of the Catskills was great especially as it provided an imposing and isolated place to be transported to. There was also a brilliant set of characters that made the story even more engaging. Even though there was tension within the plot I have to admit I was left smiling to myself on a few occasions as there was also a little bit of dark humour dotted throughout too.
The story itself moves pretty quickly and kept me intrigued throughout. Making me eager to spend as much time as I could listening just to see how it would all turn out. Once I had dropped my children off at school the walk back home was really brightened by this book. This leads me nicely to the narration because Richard Armitage really did bring the characters to life and made the book even more enjoyable for me. His narration completely immersed me in the story as Alexander gets to know the patients and tries to get to the bottom of things. All the while struggling with his own personal issues and past.
Now that I have read Bedlam I have to say that this book is probably my favourite out of the series so far. I really do hope we get to catch up with Alexander again!