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Life Support Mass Market Paperback – August 1, 1998
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Top Customer Reviews
It's hard to describe the plot without giving away vital information, and I don't intend to be a spoiler. But I can tell you that the action starts hard and fast on the very first page, when a world-renowned surgeon, elderly but revered in his field, attempts a simple appendectomy and winds up killing his young, healthy patient in the most gruesome of ways. Our glimpse into his mind while this is going on is almost scarier than the act itself...and that is the first chapter of the book! It doesn't get calmer from there.
It seems that a number of very fit elderly men, in full control of their faculties and all living in a very upscale retirement home, are showing strange mental symptoms, one after the other, and eventually dying horrible deaths. Dr. Toby Harper,who heads the ER rotation at a local hospital, encounters two of these patients, and is at a complete loss to diagnose the problem, let alone solve it. Her dogged determination to get to the bottom of the illness(es) lands her in a conspiracy so sinister that she can't even guess at the true nature of it, except to know that it is putting herself, her dear elderly mother who suffers from Alzheimers, and seemingly her entire medical reputation at stake.Read more ›
Toby and her new found friend discover that a few missteps in their work coupled by efforts of the vile physicians have placed their jobs and personal safety in great jeopardy. And, gasp, both of them had to face real or potential malpractice lawsuits.
Tess Gerritsen can write attention-grabbing thrillers. No question of that, but is she going to use the same plot format for all of her stories? I realize that her latest novel, Bloodstream, which I have not read, takes place outside of a hospital, but a read through of the cover summary makes me awfully suspicious that the same plot is going to descend on us once again.
Please, TG, you seem to be a good thriller writer, but would you please, please, change some of the basic elements in your next story? If you have not read either of these novels, please do read one of them, and you will be well rewarded. If you read both I'm sure you will be drenched in déjà vu.
As she did in Harvest, Gerritsen uses her experience in the medical field to flesh out a superb plot with chilling realism - the ever present fear of litigation as the smallest error can be considered in the light of hindsight outside the chaos of the emergency room; the heart breaking experience of watching Alzheimer's deprive a loved one of their memories and their faculty for independent living; the frightening symptoms of the rare and fatal neurodegenerative diseases carried by the newly discovered not quite alive prions, BSE (bovine spongiform encephalopathy) and CJD (Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease); the extraordinary pressure exerted by pro-life groups on abortion clinics and those mothers wishing to terminate pregnancies; the lightning pace of unfolding events in a "Code Blue" emergency; the messy, harsh reality of an autopsy; and much more.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Good book, a tad wordy at times but other than that it was good.Published 25 days ago by Teresa A. Treleaven
Good characters, plot, and enough twists to hold interest throughout the book. Gore and violence in some spots, steady, but always had my interest. Read morePublished 2 months ago by radial
I can't get enough of Tess Gerritsen. I was never a mystery fan....but this author is so outstanding I can't get enough of her books. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
I read this book when I was seventeen years old......years after , after looking for a copy of it I found it on amazon. Thank you!!!! Read morePublished 5 months ago by Tarcia Gillead
I did not read this book, as I found this one and the other one Harvest to gory for me, and boring.Published 5 months ago by DAVID BSLDACCI
One of the best books I've read in ages. Love Toby's character, strong but fragile. Great story, full of twists & turns. Read morePublished 5 months ago
Life support started slow, but kept the mystery to the end. Scary in how believable she made the story line.Published 6 months ago by Ken K