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More About the Author
Eileen won her first publishing award in 1987, being named the best new Contemporary Romance Author by Romantic Times. Since then she has garnered not only a prestigious Anthony Award nomination for mystery, but five Rita Awards from the Romance Writers of America, which garnered her a place as only the fourth member in the RWA Hall of Fame.
Eileen is a voracious reader--of everything--who started writing at ten, when she ran out of Nancy Drews. She writes in two genres, because she believes in the message of both: hope and justice.(well, and because she hasn't finished that big fantasy yet)You can figure out which is which.
A frequent speaker at writer's conferences and universities all across the country, Eileen is a member not only of Romance Writers of America, but Novelists, Inc, Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, and, just in case things go wrong, Emergency Nurses Association. She has also assumed the mantle of unofficial mascot for the International Association of Forensic Nurses, a new forensic subspecialty that, amazingly enough, has begun to show up in her work.
A lifelong resident of St. Louis, Missouri, Eileen has been married for thirty-two years to husband Rick, and has two children. She also has animals but refuses to expose them to the glare of the limelight. An addicted traveler, she has sung in some of the best Irish pubs in the world, and enjoys the kind of hands-on book research that lets her salve an insatiable curiosity. She counts film producers, police detectives and Olympic athletes as some of her sources and friends.
Top Customer Reviews
There were times when there was so much explaining that the book got a bit slow in those parts of the story line. The other part that bothered me was that it didn't appear as if the book had a good proofreading before it was released. I'm not sure if a good part of the problem was due to the kindle formatting, but there were quite a few misspellings, incomplete sentences, and illogical ones to the point where I, as the reader, had to stop and think and try to understand what they MEANT to say. A few times they even mixed up the names of the characters.
But overall I enjoyed the story, and stayed up late at night to finish it. The preview of the next book Bad Medicine (A Suspense Novel) makes me want to pick it up as well.
Timmie has enough excitement as an ER nurse so she did not need to find herself embroiled in a murder investigation but she is not one to every turn her back on a problem that needed resolving. Timmie is seeing a pattern of morbidity within the senior population at one particular skilled nursing facility and is not one to believe in coincidence. Timmie moves forward through red tape and bad attitudes to figure out what is creating this death statistic and finds herself aligned with an unusual assistant.
Murphy is a newspaperman that has found himself dried up and washed out in a small town where nothing is supposed to happen. However, something is happening and when Murphy and Timmie start knocking on doors and rattling windows someone gets very nervous and they are not above threats to get this all to go away.
Elaine Dreyer never met a word she could not compose into a great sentence that finds itself surrounded by a remarkable story with unforgettable characters.
This is a good hospital suspense book. Several times the protagonist Timmie will reach a conclusion and forget to share that with the reader. And the secondary characters do blur into each other.
The major fault I found with the book is its length -- 497 pages!! In reaching this length, the author throws in too much repetition of dialogue, reflection, and plot. The author really does not have to repeat something 10 times to have the reader get the point. This would have been a much better book at about 350 pages.
There are some episodes and characters whose potential fall through, leaving a sense of a hole (the ex-hubby, the car chase -- why?). Though they're there to throw us off the real track, there still needs to be more explanation for why they happened, why they were needed.
Yes, the nurse talk got too thick at times but it was fascinating all the same (I love the term "gomer"), and Timmie's often uncaring attitude towards her patients was off-putting. This might be just layering of character, but I wanted to like Timmie. She was caring but uncaring, and she knew a little too much about everything. But her situation was one that gripped me, and the relationship between her father and her was a fascinating one to explore.
Her name, though: Timothy Leary-Parker. It brought me out of the story every time it was mentioned, even just as "Timmie." Too much, too cute.
Good writing otherwise, and like I said, the Alzheimers angle put quite a fascinating spin on the whole thing.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Eileen Dreyer is a fantastic writer, one of my top 5 favorites. I haven't read this book yet, but I have no doubt it will wonderful - all of Eileen's book are delightful to read.Published 23 days ago by Mary L. Millard
As a nurse it was quite real-the non medical person is in for a shock. But it was too long & had too many characters to remember & then didn't really introduce you to them well. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Patricia Davis
great read for thriller and suspense readers like me. The author is very good and i have read many of them.. It won't be my last.. I love the suspense thriller books.. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Sherry E. Woodside
Loved the book. It kept me in suspense wondering what was happening next.Published 7 months ago by Janet Mersino
I enjoyed this story. Each character is someone you know and the story is riveting. Captures your heart as you see the heart wrenching battle of loving a parent who is battling... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Kristin
It took me forever to,read this book. Instead of looking for an excuse to keep reading, I was always looking for an excuse to not read it. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Alan C Jensen