Review: Trauma by Dylan Young

Today I am delighted to be taking part in the Blog Tour for this ‘gripping psychological mystery thriller’ by Dylan Young, Courtesy of Bloodhound Books and Random Things Tours.

About the Book

He’s desperate to remember. He’ll wish he could forget.

Who do you trust, when you don’t know who you are?

Cameron Todd is recovering from a serious brain injury. A trauma suffered the same night his girlfriend Emma plunged to her death from a clifftop. The damage erases all memory of the incident and his previous life.

Both the police and Emma’s relatives are hunting for someone to blame and question whether his amnesia is a convenient fabrication.

Desperate to understand what happened that fateful day, self-doubt creeps in when Cameron learns his relationship with Emma might not have been picture-perfect. Is he a victim, or the perpetrator?

Can he trust his injured brain’s version of events? Or will unearthing the truth reveal something far more sinister?

Buy on Amazon UK here.

About the Author

Dylan Young grew up in a mining village in South Wales before boarding a train for London. A 35-year career in the NHS followed, the last 27 as a consultant ophthalmologist. Three dark psychological thrillers for Random House emerged in the late nineties and over the last decade, under different pseudonyms, he’s written children’s books and an adult contemporary fantasy series. But retiring from the NHS has allowed Dylan to spend (even) more time in his writing office—a shed in the garden. After publishing a three book crime series with Bookouture, Dylan has now found a new home in the Bloodhound kennels where he writes standalone psychological thrillers.

Dylan’s Links: WebsiteTwitterFacebookGoodreads

My Review

I asked to be a part of this tour for three main reasons:

  1. I LOVE psychological thrillers – I love the feeling of being scared and freaked out (does that make me weird?!)
  2. There’s a character called Emma!
  3. The Author is not only from my second home of South Wales, but is a consultant Ophthalmologist – a profession I owe my eyesight to (that’s another blog post right there).

The second two are not usually reasons one might pick and read a book so I may have been taking a risk , especially as this is the first book I have read by this author … but I wasn’t and I was NOT disappointed!  This book has it all; guessing games, twists, turns, surprises and a well written medical condition to boot!

The main thing I loved about this book was that I felt I was sitting on Cameron’s shoulder throughout the whole story; I felt what he was feeling, confusion, concern and the frustrations he was experiencing, and that made the whole story feel so very real and exciting!  The added pressure of writing about the COVID-19 pandemic didn’t deter Young and his handling of the situation, I felt, was really well done with no preachiness or thrusting down our throats (we have enough of that in the media!).

Young is quite exceptional when it comes to the medical writing – easy to understand for those that might not have any experience in the field but also enough that you feel like you are learning lots if you do. In particular his descriptions of the fugue states that Cam experienced were so clever.

Overall, I really enjoyed the book; the pace, world building and characterisations were all good and  whilst I didn’t quite finish it in one sitting, that was only because I had to go and sort my elderly gran out with some shopping!

I would recommend this to anyone that enjoys psychological thrillers, anyone that likes reading fiction books about medical conditions and anyone that likes a good old fashioned mystery story.

My Rating


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