In The Waiting Room Emily Bleeker has crafted the perfect thriller, giving new meaning to the term page-turner. Plan on taking this book with you everywhere you go until you reach the last page. We promise you won’t want – or be able to– put it down. It’s perfect to bring to the beach, or on a plane, or to a cozy corner in your house tucked away for the weekend. Wherever you read it, The Waiting Room is guaranteed to excite Bleeker fans and create plenty of new ones.

Immediately after meeting Veronica Shelton, we experience her torment over the death of her husband and her inability to care for her baby daughter. Her mind is tortured by regret and fear, and it seems it will be a long journey to normalcy. Veronica’s mother helps out by moving in with her daughter and by encouraging her to seek counseling. The counselor’s waiting room becomes a place where Veronica meets both new friends that help her heal and those who may be enemies. Sometimes it’s difficult for her – and for the reader – to discern the difference. Nevertheless, the waiting room environment supplies the catalyst the new mother needs to find her way through the darkest time in her life.

Bleeker presents an interesting character in Veronica. At times she invokes compassion while inspiring frustration at other times. The author does a superb job of bringing us into the protagonist’s broken mind and heart. Through it all, the plot doesn’t so much unfold, as take wild turns in unexpected directions, inducing the world’s best brand of whiplash. Saying that you don’t see what’s coming sounds like a cliche, but in reality, is an understatement.

Emily Bleeker is a former educator who learned to love writing while teaching a writer’s workshop. After surviving a battle with a rare form of cancer, she finally found the courage to share her stories, starting with her debut novel Wreckagefollowed by the Wall Street Journal BestsellerWhen I’m Gone and Working FireEmily lives with her family in suburban Chicago. Find out more about her at