Customer Review

Reviewed in the United States on October 16, 2018
Thank you to Netgalley for giving me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

In many ways, I can't write a fair review of this book. When I requested the book, I was not aware that it was part of a series. Reading the book was like walking into the middle of a movie. Much of the time I was trying to figure out what happened before I started the book.

The doctors in the book are old fashioned small-town family physicians. Here in Boston I am lucky if I can see my doctors for ten minutes. They are concerned with my biochemistry/microorganisms not my living situation. The doctors in the book reminded me a little of the show Marcus Welby, MD where the physician will solve all problems.

The strength of the book are the descriptions of the problems in Ulster. The book also presents some of the practical reasons (i.e. availability of birth control) of why the Northern Protestants don't want to be part of a very Catholic country (Southern Ireland).

The weakness of the book is that it lacks a plot. The novel is more of a series of episodes. Also, especially since the book goes into the divides between the Protestants and the Catholics, the book needed a villain/bigot. The book needed some Protestants and Catholics who did not get along. The book needed a source of drama and friction.
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