Rosie’s #Bookreview Team #RBRT #Horror Doctor Perry by Kirsten McKenzie @Kiwimrsmac

Today’s team review is from Judith W, she blogs here

#RBRT Review Team

Judith has been reading Doctor Perry by Kirsten McKenzie


Doctor Perry assures elderly patients at the Rose Haven Retirement Home he can offer warmth, sympathy, and understanding. Doctor Perry is lying.

I greatly enjoyed Kirsten McKenzie’s gothic horror novel, Painted, which you can read my review for here.

The narration and writing style of Doctor Perry is clipped and meticulously detailed, creating a nice parallel for Doctor Perry’s own personality.

At first, I thought this book was like a modern-day Sweeney Todd – a concept I was completely on board with. Doctor Perry doesn’t follow this narrative trajectory however, but it is still suitably unsettling.

Doctor Perry is the best character by far; he’s mysterious, psychopathic and darkly interested in in all kinds of science.

I also liked the twin boys fostered by Doctor Perry’s wife because they’re disturbingly violent and almost ghostlike – like something from Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining.

Similarly to Painted, there were multiple moments where a character ‘failed to notice’ something. I mentioned this in my review of Painted too; repeatedly informing the reader what the protagonist hasn’t seen. Personally, I don’t think this a dynamic way to convey information and works better in horror films and television dramas then it does in a novel.

I thought the ending was quite abrupt – I would have loved Doctor Perry to be longer, to provide further chances to develop the characters and storyline.

I enjoyed reading Doctor Perry and it was a real shame when it ended! If you like thrillers, dark science-fiction, or McKenzie’s work in general, I’m sure you will enjoy Doctor Perry too.

Star Rating: 4/5 Stars

Book description

“The sound of the man’s screams changed pitch and Doctor Perry looked up from his notes. Ah, the cranium was shrinking…”

Under the Hippocratic Oath, a doctor swears to remember that warmth, sympathy, and understanding may outweigh the surgeon’s knife or the chemist’s drug.

Doctor Perry reassures his elderly patients he can offer warmth, sympathy, and understanding. Doctor Perry is a liar.

Doctor Perry is available to buy as a paperback or an e-book from Amazon UK or

– Judith


3 thoughts on “Rosie’s #Bookreview Team #RBRT #Horror Doctor Perry by Kirsten McKenzie @Kiwimrsmac

  1. Interesting, as this is my next RBRT book to review!!! 🙂 Wonder if I’ll pick up on the same stuff as you…. always fascinates me, how we all read books so differenty.

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  2. I’m reading this book at the moment, Judith, and I am very intrigued (I also read Painted and enjoyed it, although noticed what you comment about the narrative style as well). I don’t have long to go… Thanks!


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