The New Girls' Patient by Ruthann Jagge
Jamie Carver is an inexperienced young woman eager to change her life.
Recently certified in nursing, she’s the new girl working at a facility for the elderly.
When her favorite patient dies, the frail woman leaves her a handwritten recipe book as a final thank you.
Dark secrets of Elizabeth’s life hide between the pages.
One evening, a pair of dangerous men intent on learning Elizabeth’s secrets to steal her fortune brutally abduct Jamie and two of her girlfriends.
They trap the women deep in the cellar of a crumbling mansion, where their survival depends on each other. They must unravel a shocking family history before sunrise or die.
Can Jamie rely on her friends, or will she resort to calling on unnatural forces to help overcome her captors and stay alive?
Jamie works at Mercy Care as a nurse. One of her favorite patients passes away unexpectedly and leaves a little something for Jamie that ultimately ends up saving her life. This was my first time reading Jagge’s work and it was wonderful. I had to finish it in one sitting. The story was disturbing and got darker with every turn of the page. The twist thrown in was a shocker and sheds even more light on the situation. Fantastic debut! I would definitely read more from Jagge.
A Wonderful Gift
"Crees Crossing is unremarkable. The rural southern town is barely a dot on any map. It's a stop if you're desperate for fuel or a cold drink, but never a destination. The area has no notable citizens, remarkable architecture, or exciting history attracting visitors." Jaime is her name but to everyone else she is the new girl. Just a rural southern girl trying to establish herself as a nurse. The facility she works at is not a place for healing the elderly, it is where they go to live out their last days. Jamie develops a close relationship with Elizabeth, a patient who becomes very special to her. When she passes away, she leaves a very special gift for Jaime. Little does she know that this gift will change her life and put her in harms way. What ensues is horrifying and becomes a fight for survival. We are given an opening of some of Jaime's history and her small rural life. Family, friendships and care of humanity. History of Elizabeth's broken life she was forced to live which leads us into the darkness. We are than quickly smacked with a brutality that is extremely dark and visceral and the only salvation may lie within Elizabeth's mysterious gift. Darkly atmospheric with a unique supernatural twist and in the end a little light and love. Ruthann has given us a wonderful gift in her story telling! "Wash the flesh and wipe away the blood. Swallow a tear for the night's new love. Needle the heart and tie the thread. No rest for you yet. There's work for the dead."
Ruthann's debut novel is a tour de force. Its opening pages detail what it's like to spread your wings in a small town. In its tender moments, it helps us redefine what family is and the terms of friendship. What would you do for the people you love? How far would you go to protect them? At its core are horrific events that take a suprising twist. And just when you think it can't get worse, it does! It will leave you bloody, bruised and beaten but you will be satisfied and maybe look at those nearest you with new eyes. If you are on the fence about getting this book, I strong encourage you to take the ride. Strap yourself in, give Ruthann the keys - she knows what she is doing! I can not wait for her next novel.
Ruthann Jagge's debut novel is an unexpected tour de force. Strap yourself in and prepare to go on one hell of a ride! The opening pages paint a beautiful scene of spreading your wings in a small town. In its tender moments, it helps us to redefine what family is and the actual terms of friendship. What would you do for the ones you love? How far would you go to protect them? The very core of this novel is centered around horrific events with surprising twists around each corner. And just when you think it can't get any worse, it does! It ends bloody, bruised, and beaten. You, as a reader, will feel all of it but will be satisfied and maybe look at the people nearest to you with new eyes. Ruthann weaves a gripping and horrific tale that still maintains heart. That in my opinion is no easy feat. If you are on the fence about taking the ride that is the New Patient's Girl, I strongly urge you to do it. Put on your seat belt and give Ruthann the keys - she knows what she's doing. I can not wait for her next novel.
A DEBUT NOVELLA THAT PACKS A PUNCH
Ruthann Jagge's debut novella The New Patient packs a punch and more than delivers! This story takes place in a small town where our main character is building a life for herself as a nurse. Upon working at a nursing facility, her favorite patient dies. The patient leaves Jamie a mysterious sack that contains a notebook labeled "My Recipes." As Jamie is leaving work she comes across two of her friends that have been assaulted by two men. The two men kidnap the three women. What follows is a downward spiral of nightmares and depravity as the story takes a vicious turn. Will Jamie and her friends make it out alive? What significance does the sack left to Jamie from her patient play in the story? You will have to read this novella to find out! This novella has a little bit of a lot and I loved that. There is a mix of small town horror, supernatural, backwoods, extreme, and survival horror. To be able to write such a complete story in a novella, I can't wait to see what Ruthann Jagge does with a full length novel. Bravo Ruthann. All the stars for this mighty little story.