March 5, 2021

The Operation – Dylan Young

If your life was on the line, how far would you go?

Surgeon Jacob Thorn isn’t worried when the police interview him over nurse Katy Leith’s disappearance. She is a co-worker, nothing more. But when a leaked video of him and the missing woman arguing goes viral, the social media reaction is vicious. 

When harrowing images of the kidnapped woman start to appear on his phone, along with a demand from her abductor that Jake confesses to a crime he has no recollection of committing, he is forced to act or face terrifying consequences. 

He needs to delve into the past for answers. But time is running out for Katy. 

Will he admit to his failings and lose everything, or plead ignorance and let an innocent girl die? 


Huge thanks to Sarah at Book On The Bright Side for including me as part of this blog tour! I saw the blurb, I emailed, I begged, I was accepted – and I am so pleased! The Operation by Dylan Young was released on Monday 13th January 2020.

The psychological thriller market isn’t showing any sign of slowing and Dylan Young’s The Operation is a worthy addition. It’s got a main character who you (eventually) feel sorry for, he’s got the troubled lovelife, he’s (sort of) got a dog… what more do you want?! Oh yeah… a twist, an excellent one!

This wasn’t a long read for me as I had a heap of spare time over Christmas and New Year so managed to just sit and lose myself in it. Thoroughly enjoyed it, couldn’t guess the twist, didn’t get too grossed out by all the medical terminology and descriptions of surgery, fought the urge to go and adopt a dog immediately.

I’ve mentioned the dog a few times now… Sid. Sid is in a dog home after a troubled start to life, Jacob Thorn has been socialising him in his spare time. It was Sid that humanised Jacob for me, without Sid he was just a man who was caught in the middle of a murder enquiry – Sid showed me that Jacob could be a good man, a decent man and possibly an honest man.

I’m not quite sure why Dylan hasn’t crossed my bookish path before but I’m glad he has now – if his other books are as good as The Operation then we’ve found a smasher.

Author Bio:

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 with a trademark medical flavour.

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5 thoughts on “The Operation – Dylan Young

  1. Jo, surgeons, almost by definition, need to be somewhat cold fish. I wanted to walk that line with Jacob. But I ave him Sid because he needed him (and vice-versa). So glad you enjoyed. All the best, Dylan

    1. Absolutely. End up feeling for Jacob by the end. Never met a surgeon (thankfully!) so not sure of their personalities normally. Ace book, have recommended it to a few folk already. Thanks for comment!

    1. My pleasure Sarah! I’d be delighted to have the opportunity to take part in more of your tours if you ever need someone 😁 x

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