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Issue Details: First known date: 2021... 2021 The Family Doctor
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'A novel of searing emotional truth, told with the relentless pull of a thriller.

'Paula, a much-loved GP, comes home one evening to the house she is sharing with her friend Stacey and Stacey’s two children, who have moved in with Paula after the break-up of Stacey’s marriage and the increasingly disturbing behaviour of her ex. Paula opens her front door to discover a scene from hell: Stacey and her children are lying dead in pools of blood. As Paula tries to breathe, in walks Matt, who then shoots himself.

'When an obviously scared woman brings in her little boy for a consultation some weeks later, Paula’s eyes are drawn to the bruises around her neck. Determined to never see another woman suffer like Stacey did, Paula talks to the woman, who admits she is being beaten by her husband. A few weeks later, the abusive husband comes in to see a doctor. She realises she has the chance to set things to rights and give the abused woman the freedom she has dreamed of. But can she go against everything she believes to make sure one woman is safe, one child?

'A book to inspire ferocious discussion in book clubs and beyond – the classic moral dilemma writ large and made into a deeply human situation we can all relate to.' (Publication summary)

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Crows Nest, North Sydney - Lane Cove area, Sydney Northern Suburbs, Sydney, New South Wales,: Allen and Unwin , 2021 .
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      Extent: 368p.
      Note/s:
      • Published March 2021
      ISBN: 9781760877781

Other Formats

  • Large print.
  • Dyslexic edition.

Works about this Work

Debra Oswald, Jane Caro and Robert Lukins Explore Extreme Responses to Domestic Abuse in New Thrillers Smriti Daniel , 2022 single work column
— Appears in: ABC News [Online] , May 2022;
Licence to Kill? Rosemary Neill , 2021 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 6 March 2021; (p. 6)

— Review of The Family Doctor Debra Oswald , 2021 single work novel
Licence to Kill? Rosemary Neill , 2021 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 6 March 2021; (p. 6)

— Review of The Family Doctor Debra Oswald , 2021 single work novel
Debra Oswald, Jane Caro and Robert Lukins Explore Extreme Responses to Domestic Abuse in New Thrillers Smriti Daniel , 2022 single work column
— Appears in: ABC News [Online] , May 2022;
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