The Secret Room

Zoe Goldman, Book #3

By Sandra Block

ISBN: 9781478916253

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Her patients are dying. Some are apparent suicides and others possible accidents, but rumors are flying that Dr. Zoe Goldman is an angel of death-intentionally helping hopeless cases go to a “better place”-or, worse yet, a dangerously incompetent doctor.

As a new psychiatry fellow at the local correctional facility, Zoe is still learning the ropes while watching her back to avoid some dangerous prisoners. As the deaths mount up, Zoe is wracked with horror and guilt, feverishly trying to figure out what is going wrong and even questioning her own sanity.

What Zoe doesn’t realize is that someone is targeting her patients to get to her. Someone who has access to her deepest secrets and fears. Someone who will stop at nothing to take everything Zoe has, even her life.  (Goodreads)


Zoe Goldman is a new psychiatric fellow at the local correctional facility.  She not only has to deal with her patients but she also has to deal with her supervisor, “Dr. Nowhere” who leaves a lot to be desired.  It is hard enough to try to care of the patients she is in charge of but when those patients start dying, she realizes she has a problem.  She does not know if these deaths are her fault, and she begins to question her ability as a doctor.  As the death count mounts, she realizes that she and her patients are being targeted by someone who is out to get her.  She had better figure out who it is before the next death is hers.

The characters are well developed and well rounded.  Zoe is a unique individual who has her own baggage.  She has ADHD and OCD and she is trying to deal with these conditions.  She has a sister that is a patient in the correctional facility because of murder and attempted murder.  That is a lot for anyone to deal with and Zoe does the best she can.  She felt very human and vulnerable to me and that made me like her even more.

The writing style flows smoothly.  The author is very talented in suspense writing and she grabbed my attention right from the start and did not let go.  I found myself unable to stop turning pages, needing to find out what was going to happen next.  But I was also afraid to keep turning pages because I was afraid of what would happen next.  The mystery was well plotted and held my attention from the beginning.

The author is also very talented in introducing more than one story line and weaving them together into a one fascinating book.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted psychological suspense mystery.  I must warn you, it is not for the faint of heart.  But if you like a thrilling mystery than you should check this book out.  I plan on reading the first two books in the series.  I have not read them but I had no trouble following the storyline.