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Bad Things Happening to Good People
on April 13, 2013
This book is indeed a page turner. I sneaked time away from work, play, and sleep over and over again to read just a few more pages in order to see what happens next. However, sometimes I was almost AFRAID to turn to the next chapter and find out what additional misfortunes were about to befall the main character or those close to him. I am accustomed to and I enjoy medical thrillers by Michael Palmer or Robin Cook with one or more good guys fighting some known or unknown villain who has some evil plot to ruin the world and/or enrich the villain in some way. The standard medical thriller is just unrealistic enough to be exciting, intriguing, and interesting without really hitting home with any degree of realism. Informed Consent, on the other hand, is almost TOO realistic at times to be fun to read. Ms. Glahn really makes the reader care about the main characters, and then she hits them with enough bad luck to make you want to stop reading. However, you can't because you care so much and you have to find out how it all comes out. The misfortunes that befall our hero, his family, and his good friend, Devin, seem like they could actually happen, although hopefully not in the quantity and degree depicted in the book. Job from the Bible is the only protagonist I can think of who had more bad stuff happen to him. So, reader be warned! This book is very well-written and suspenseful with many twists and turns. However, it is not for the faint of heart or someone who is easily depressed.
Dr. Jeremy Cramer is a brilliant physician and researcher who really wants to make the world a better place. His father drowns when he is a child and he survives the same accident, and so he wants to determine why children survive periods underwater much better than adults. But, personal tragedies and hospital politics complicate things and the result is a complex and suspenseful story.