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became a page turner. Three bothers trying to keep up their inherited business of the dead and the struggle of one being adopted find themselves in the middle of a mad scientist's experiments. He's a bonafide doctor seeking the American dream - fame. I had to keep reading. I needed to find out if he succeeded and just how this body swapping was going to pan out. Well, so sorry I can;t tell you. You'll have to read it for yourself. No spoilers here.
I think the author really pegged the likely public reactions as well, speaking through the main character of Dr. Farkis: “Every organization with an acronym, an abbreviation, or an initialism will be after us in mobs. Think witch trials.” She also did a wonderful job of portraying the father of the Japanese family featured throughout the book: “It wasn’t a secret that in Japan women ruled the households. Aiko was a company man and had been all his life. He’d always handed over his paychecks to his wife. He was a pussycat at home, but a lion at work…” If was this attention to detail on the surroundings, not just the plot, that really held my attention throughout.
Then, I Googled it and WOW! There’s a doctor out there who says such a surgery is not only possible but something he’s ready to do within the year. The thought is strangely unnerving and yet exciting. Imagine being able to give someone with a degenerative muscular disease a chance at a normal life by doing a body transplant. That’d be great…er…wouldn’t it?
This story tackles the science behind the concept along with the morality issues that undoubtedly would follow in real life. It would be about more than just those with needs, it would include those with wants. Looking beyond a desire for a healthy body, there would be people vying for such a risky and painful operation just to appease their vanity. And, some of those people would be desperate.
It comes down to one question: What would someone do to have a more beautiful body?
Look at our current society. We’re all about cool sculpting, laser treatments, hair plugs, fat-sucking, boob-building, butt implants, and whatever else we can do to reach perfection. It’s not a big leap to body transplants for cash.
Add in mobsters, corrupt politicians, demented surgeons, and naïve youngsters trying to solve a mystery and you’ve got quite the story—a true tale of horror.
The search to improve one’s physical appearance leads some of the book’s characters to an extreme and dangerous solution, a solution offered by a crazy doctor who will risk it all to realize his dream – head transplants. The doctor allies himself with scrupulous men, willing to do anything for money. Thankfully there are a couple of voices of reason who attempt to deliver the doctor’s “patients” from a fate almost worse than death.
Solid thriller built on an interesting concept! Each of the characters had their own reasons for wanting a new body, not to mention how far each were willing to go to achieve their goal. I loved the suspense wrapped around every moment of this book as the separate elements slowly became intertwined into one heart-pounding tale. The plot went a little out there at some points and blended with secrets, greed, and blackmail, it’s definitely an attention grabber.
I recommend it to fans of medical thrillers!
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creepy and thrilling and couldn't put it down.
"Heads Will Roll" by Joanie Chevalier is a very unexpected book that crosses many different genres including medical...Read more