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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Duby’s Doctor: An Unlikely Bodyguard for a Killer-Turned-Child is a work of mystery and crime fiction penned by author Iris Chacon, and read in audiobook format by narrator Jenny Hoops. In this tale of secrets and psychology, we meet Dr. Mitchell Oberon, a single surgeon married to her job. When she is forced to take in a man with the mind of a child during his recovery, it becomes clear that his past was a dangerous one, but something he doesn’t remember. As Mitchell resists any attraction to her new John Doe, the past he once had slowly seeps through from the outside, and from within.
Author Iris Chacon has created a highly original work with plenty for mystery fans to enjoy. The particular highlight in the work is in the creation, and sometimes re-creation of her characters, who develop in a very relatable way during the incredible events of the plot. This is especially true for John, whose past and present states are handled with humor, but also a tension that can turn on a knife edge into a really exciting plot moment.
In terms of audiobook narration, Jenny Hoops really gives the character development of the novel a lift with her clear and concise speech. I particularly liked the dry quality she gives to Agent Frank Stone, and the banter between him and Mitchell is well played out. Overall, Duby’s Doctor: An Unlikely Bodyguard for a Killer-Turned-Child is a fascinating and original concept for a murder mystery in reverse which fans of the genre and quirky crime fiction are certain to enjoy.