No Way To Say Goodbye
by Rod Madocks
Format: Paperback, 276 pages,
Also available as an ebook (search for title at all major ebook sellers)
Shortlisted for the ITV Thriller & Crime Awards
Out of print (Originally published: November 2008)
…He was a doctor for God’s sake. I was told to strip and they tossed my clothes away saying, ‘You won’t need these here either,’ and I was handed a blue boiler suit to wear. I began to protest but got a slam in the mouth and lost my front teeth. They then pushed me into the pool, to disinfect me, they said. And that was my start in the hospital. I was there eighteen years. They took everything away.
Patient R. Recounted to the author 1997.
Dr Jack Shade’s long time girlfriend vanishes, presumed dead. Through his professional contacts Shade moves to work within the secure hospital system – to try to understand, and take revenge on those who might be responsible.
During his time in the hospital he realises he is as much a prisoner as those he works with.
Shade observes, gets involved with, hurts but ultimately comes to understand his clients. Meantime his own dissolute life of drugs and affairs takes its toll.
Like WG Sebald, the author includes photos to help tell the story - are they real or is this all fiction?
About the Author
Rod Madocks has spent ten years writing this unforgettable novel, drawing on his experience of secure units. He is a policy officer in Mental Health Commissioning in Nottinghamshire.