Fans of medical dramas will line up to
buy this book and, if they don’t, they should. The author writes with authority and I suggest
must be a doctor, but the information is not difficult for the layman to
understand. Alongside the medicine is
the excellent characterization and the novelist’s savoury intimation that
something sinister has indeed infiltrated the life of the young woman lying
motionless in a hospital bed.
Patricia Harding is 28 and works for a legal firm.
Benjie is her geeky and immature husband. When Patricia collapses at work with heart
rhythm disturbances for which there is no obvious cause, Benjie irritates
everybody at the hospital - but does he fit the role of murderer? Matters deteriorate when the Head of Cardiology
dies in an equally suspicious way. Enter
the police, and the novel is suddenly more than just a puzzle for the tight
knit community of New City Hospital to solve; all the intrigue and gradual
unfolding of a good crime story are present. Dr. Tom Bolling employs his military
background to good effect and his backstory draws the reader’s attention. I would like to see another medical mystery
starring Dr. Bolling - perhaps a whole series of them. Even at the three-quarter mark, I had little
clue to the identity of the perpetrator, yet it all made sense and I was quite
gripped to uncover the links between the two deaths.
The chapters about medical and detective work are
fascinating, but there are also a number of chapters early on which succeed one
another and relate to hospital personalities, politics and history, and they
detract from the tension. Readers enjoy
tension and there are some excellent examples in this novel. The writing has so much authority and is bound
to absorb readers of crime and medicine, so that the author could give some
thought about which of the many minor characters need to be there. Whodunnits are all about pace, but an author
still needs to look objectively at his book from the reader’s perspective. This reader was very interested. Highly recommended.
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