Project Description

Sandra Block graduated from college at Harvard, then returned to her native land of Buffalo, New York, for medical training and never left. She is a practicing neurologist and proud Sabres fan and lives at home with her family and Delilah, her impetuous yellow lab. She has been published in both medical and poetry journals. Visit her website at


In THE SECRET ROOM, Dr. Zoe Goldman is back after her harrowing experiences try to restart a normal life. However, this isn’t easy when working with the criminally insane. As a new forensic psychiatry fellow at the local correctional facility, she struggles to treat patients as well as deal with her own demons, all the while watching her back from sometimes dangerous prisoners. At least her most violent former patient – who also tried to kill her – is safely locked away in a maximum-security prison.

But as Zoe forges on with her life, something disturbing is happening – her patients are dying. Some are apparent suicides, others may be accidents, but rumors are flying that Zoe is an angel of death, intentionally helping hopeless cases go to a better place, or worse yet, a dangerously incompetent doctor. As the cases mount up, Zoe is wracked with horror and guilt, feverishly trying to figure out what is going wrong, and questioning her own sanity. What Zoe doesn’t realize is that someone is targeting her patients to get to her. Someone who has access to her deepest secrets and fears. Someone who will stop at nothing to take everything Zoe has, even her life.