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The quiet overnight shift at Springer Hospital ER suits Dr. Toby Harper just fine—until she admits a man in critical condition from a possible viral infection of the brain. The delirious man barely responds to treatment—and then disappears without a trace. Before Toby can find him, a second case occurs, revealing a terrifying fact: the virus can only be spread through direct tissue exchange. Following a trail of death that winds from a pregnant sixteen-year-old prostitute to her own home, Toby discovers the unthinkable: the epidemic didn't just happen—someone let it loose....
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People Richly drawn hospital scenes....Chilling science...and breathless ER-style pacing....A quick, delightfully scary read.
Publishers Weekly [A] spine-tingling medical chiller....The pieces in this adeptly crafted Rubik's cube don't click into place until the final page.
- ASIN : B003UYUOTA
- Publisher : Pocket Books; Reprint edition (July 15, 2010)
- Publication date : July 15, 2010
- Language : English
- File size : 1118 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 484 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #72,144 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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This book requires too much suspension of disbelief from me. I don’t mind the medical ideas so much- I just find the main character’s actions to be disingenuous. It tries to be a love story of sorts but fails miserably.
The author's "spoiler" introduction mentioned in other reviews was not included at the beginning of the Kindle edition (good decision). However, without some preparation, the initial events seem to be preposterous. This almost caused me to stop reading. My advice: have faith. The bizarre beginning will become somewhat more believable as you read on, although it remains a credibility weakness.
The heroine, Toby, makes an absolutely stupid decision near the end. She fails to consider her own safety in a situation that obviously poses a mortal threat. This all-too-common glitch detracts from a book that is otherwise superbly written and plotted.
I also must add that what I enjoy most about every Gerritsen book I read is the story within the story. A young woman-child makes some bad decisions early in life and finds herself in a nightmare. You can't help but hold your breath for her as well.
book that would hold my interest during that long day inside. This book did that! Another Gerritsen story with fascinating subject and characters. I am never disappointed with any of her books!
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The heroine of the story is Dr Toby Harper who works the night shift in the Emergency department at Springer Hospital. She works nights so that during the day she can care for her mother who has Alzheimer's disease. One evening, while treating an elderly patient who is confused and suffering from seizures, she is urgently called to attend to another patient who has been brought in. When she returns to continue her assessment of the elderly patient, she discovers he has disappeared. When a second elderly patient is admitted to the hospital with similar symptoms to the one who disappeared subsequently dies, Toby becomes alarmed. Both patients lived in an exclusive retirement community. Both had similar conditions, not too dissimilar from her mother's. Toby fears that it may herald an infectious viral outbreak. But her colleagues do not share her concerns. Toby is not one to be ignored however, but as she starts her investigation she experiences a chain of seemingly unconnected events. Has she discovered something that others want to keep hushed up?
I really enjoyed this thriller. It starts dramatically and keeps you on the edge of your seat right up to the end (even though I felt the ending to be just a little too 'rushed'). However, I feel I should draw your attention to a comment from at least one other reviewer about the 'Introduction' to the version of the book I downloaded - namely the brief introduction written in 2006 contains a potential 'spoiler', so if you enjoy an element of surprise in your thrillers, then my advice would be to skip the introduction and go straight to chapter one!
It's an intelligent thriller with plenty of action. The character of Toby did irritate me a little though. Partly because I just couldn't get on with a woman being called Toby - and partly because she was so scatty. You would think that someone who has been an ER doctor for 10 years would know how to mount a proper defence of herself. Instead the character is left to blunder around like a silly little girl, blurting out accusations left and right.
But don't let that put you off. It's a decent book, if a little heavy on the medical terminology, with a believable storyline. Wee bit disappointed in the ending - but the loose ends just about got tied up. Give it a go.
All the characters were well written and the story was interesting and kept me captivated til the last page. There were certain parts that, whilst somewhat necessary for the plot, requires you to suspend your disbelief a little. I don't think that is technically a bad thing, though, as it adds it's own level of intrigue.
I would recommend.