Tuesday, July 10, 2007

first one down

Finished up my first book for the Medical Mystery Madness reading challenge last week. I've loved medical thriller books for many a year...probably starting 20+ years ago when I first started reading books by Robin Cook. But it's been a while since I've read one, so Debi's challenge sounded especially fun.

I'm sorry to say that my first book was a bit of a disappointment. I read Angel of Mercy by Andrew Neiderman. It's really not that it was a horrible book...it just wasn't a great book. Part of the problem may have been that it just wasn't what I expected. It wasn't really a medical thriller as much as it was a mystery with a medical component.

Angel of Mercy centers on a nurse and her sister. Loving, caring, and warped. This book definitely has it's fair share of quirky characters. But not quirky in the charming sense. As the book nears its end, a major twist is thrown in. But I'm afraid it was a twist you could see coming from a mile away.

On the positive side, I really liked the character of Frank, the aging cop who is being thrust into retirement because of medical issues. His feelings about this sudden turn of events and his relationships and interactions with his family have a very realistic feel (while much of the book simply doesn't).

Anyway, while I did enjoy this book in some respects, I would have to say that there are much better books out there for this challenge. Hopefully my other choices will be among them.


Dawn said...

I'm sorry the book wasn't all you'd hope it would be. Maybe the next one will be better :)

I've really been enjoying reading this summer. I feel like I'm catching up for the lack of reading during the school year.

take care,

kreed said...

It is always a bummer when a book falls short of expectations. Here's hoping that the next one is better!

twiga92 said...

That's too bad it wasn't very good. Here's hoping the next one is wonderful!
I'm reading The Cobra Event by Richard Preston right now. It's fiction, but some of the historical stuff comes across as fact rather than fiction. Not sure if it is fact, but interesting nonetheless.

Steve said...

I just finished reading a new medical thriller, LOCKED IN. I'm not one to read much thriller fiction, but with the medical slant on malpractice issues I thought I would give it a go. Now I'm a fan of medical thrillers and scanning the web for more recommendations!

Also, I wanted to give you mine. Written by a new author, Dr. Michele Esposito, as his bio reads, "has spent ten years as a private practice radiologist in the Tampa Bay area, and uses his vast experience to give readers an insider's view of medicine and malpractice law." Make me wonder how close to truth this story really could be...and that's a sign of great fiction!

I went to his site to see if I could find out more about him. It's got a nice excerpt if you want to give it a read. www.mikeespositomd.com