Hope Sze has no idea that she’s entering the darkness.
She takes on a surgery rotation and she’s assigned to operating room three. Her superior is Dr. Vrac and she quickly learns that he has a nickname: Dr. Death. She’s never worked for anyone like him before. He treats the other surgeons and attendants like garbage, makes racist comments about others, loses his temper at everyone around him.
He also kills people. Hope Sze watches as his actions cause a patient to bleed out on the table. If she tries to do anything, it will put her in the path of his wrath and his vengeance. Hope has never been so afraid of a doctor and so terrified at what he will do. Yet, she knows that she has to do whatever she can to make sure his wrath is stopped.
When she finds the dead body of another surgeon, Hope knows that she is up against a killer. The only thing that she doesn’t know is how she can prove that Dr. Vrac is the one who killed him before he ends up killing her.
Matters are made more interesting when she spots a ghost at the hospital. Has the ghost come to warn her or help her?
Hope only knows one thing for sure: she is running out of time.
I loved the Shapes of Wrath so much! Everything about this book is amazing.
Melissa Yi always knows how to spin a tale and her books always blur the genre lines of mystery. Normally, she uses a lot of humour in her books, and I’m often surprised when I laugh out loud from something that she has written on one page and them I’m shocked by something on another page.
However, there is no humour in The Shapes of Wrath. Instead, as Hope Sze takes on a very real killer, she is thrown into a race against time and a fight against those she knows. The shapes of Wrath has everything you could want in a book: characters that have depth, romance, ghosts, a solid mystery with characters that you care about and characters that you hate.
There is a parallel storyline with every second chapter, and rather than take away from the main storyline, it only added to the mystery and the urgency. I kept wondering how the storylines would converge and when they did, I was pulled even further into the tale. Melissa Yi’s strength is that she creates such amazing people that they feel real. I felt like the journey that Hope went on in this book brought me closer to her as a character and someone that I can’t wait to see again.
Hope is also facing a very real threat. As someone that has to depend on the medical help that the hospital provides, and as someone who has dealt with difficult and dismissive doctors, the actions of Dr. Vrac really hit home for me. Though I haven’t had to deal with anyone as terrible as he is, it was a stark reminder that doctors really hold your life in their hands. I think that is the true terror that this book presents: you have no idea what a doctor is capable of until you are under the knife. Thankfully, almost all of my doctors have been amazing.
Terrifying and thrilling with incredible characters, romance, and the supernatural, The Shapes of Wrath is the perfect book. It held my hands as if they were almost glued to the page and I didn’t know where it was going to go, or how things were going to unravel. There was an undercurrent of dread that filled the whole novel, and it left me spellbound and anxious to find out how it all ended. This book shows that Yi is a master of the mystery thriller and the added element of the paranormal just took things to a whole new level.
The Shapes of Wrath is a novel filled with depth and urgency and I can’t wait to read the second book in the series!
Reblogged this on Melissa Yuan-Innes, Writer and commented:
So wonderful! Thank you for this review, Jamieson Wolf!
Yahoo! Thank you!