Ward D by Freida McFadden

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Assigned to work the night shift on Ward D, a psychiatric unit, medical student Amy Brenner grows increasingly convinced something terrible is happening as patients and staff start to vanish without a trace. Her worst nightmare becomes a reality.

Book review of Ward D

Ward D by Freida McFadden is an enthralling psychological thriller that will keep you on edge from the very first page until the very last line of the epilogue. The story follows Amy Brenner, a medical student who is spending the night on the locked psychiatric ward, Ward D. She is nervous and hesitant about this rotation, but as the night progresses, she becomes convinced that something terrible is happening within the walls of this tightly secured unit. Patients and staff start to vanish without a trace, and Amy realizes that everyone on the unit is in grave danger.

The author’s seamless writing style makes it impossible to put the book down, as the little mysteries throughout the book keep the reader guessing and turning pages well into the night. The twist at the end is unexpected and will leave readers shocked and satisfied. McFadden does an excellent job humanizing the patients on the unit, making it clear that they are just like Amy and the physician, who happen to have their diagnosis. This is a great message that will make readers who may be suffering from mental illness feel better about being open about it.

The fact that the story takes place over the course of one night makes it feel more authentic and adds to the suspense. McFadden’s writing is so masterful that the reader can almost hear the creepy music playing in the background. The book is not just a psychological thriller; it is a full-blown horror story that will leave readers feeling scared and needing comfort.

Final verdict

In conclusion, while the plot may not be entirely realistic, Ward D is still a must-read for fans of thrillers with twists. McFadden’s writing style will keep readers hooked, and the unexpected ending will leave them shocked and satisfied. If you are looking for a highly entertaining read that will keep you on the edge of your seat, Ward D is the book for you. Just be sure to read it in the morning and have lots of people around you when you’re done.

Our Score


  • Gripping and suspenseful plot that keeps the reader engaged until the very end.
  • Interesting and well-developed characters, especially the patients in the psychiatric ward.
  • Empathetic portrayal of mental illness and the challenges faced by those who suffer from it.


  • Some readers may find the plot too far-fetched and unrealistic, especially those with experience in mental health care.
  • The ending may be a bit too convoluted for some readers, with too many twists and turns.
  • While the writing is generally seamless, there are some moments of clunky exposition and dialogue that disrupt the flow of the story.
Ward DPublisher ‏ : ‎ Independently published (May 8, 2023)
Language ‏ : ‎ English
Paperback ‏ : ‎ 340 pages
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 979-8386054502
Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 13.1 ounces
Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 5 x 0.77 x 8 inches

About Article Author

Jenna Carter

Jenna Carter spends most of her time immersed in the imaginary worlds that authors construct. Her favorite place in the world is a library full of old books where she hopes to one day find a hidden door to the world of Narnia.
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