- File Size: 593 KB
- Print Length: 252 pages
- Publisher: Amazon.com (September 27, 2010)
- Publication Date: September 27, 2010
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0044UHVNG
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,130,079 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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After reading the summary, I was absolutely intrigued. The concept of surgically separating the right and left halves of the brain, and how that affects communication within the brain, AND a murder mystery? Sounded fascinating.
It wasn't. Obviously I'm minority in this thought, but it was very underdeveloped.
The author obviously did her homework when it came to the surgical procedure and psychological aftermath. She definitely knows her stuff. Unfortunately, I do not feel like the author has any experience with general police investigations, much less, suspicious death investigations. Or perhaps she neglected to consult with any members of law enforcement, or personnel related to a medical examiners office, to learn more about the protocol and procedures involved. The primary detective is an idiot by any agency's standards, and extremely unlikable, as were most of the characters. I had trouble connecting with any of them, and was literally writhing through areas of the book. Some moments would have been bettered by any character utilizing basic common sense.
The good? I give two stars for the incredibly smart concept and basic story. Really enjoyed the antagonist, and how s/he is introduced and developed, but there was far to little of him/her in the story. Too bad, because It really is an interesting character. If the author did a re-write. Same concept, same story line, more likable and sharper characters. Get together with professionals to get a base understanding of how other fields may actually apply their knowledge and experiences to such an event? Wow, she could have a real stunner. The foundation is set and sturdy, but the frame work needs major renovation.
If you enjoy mysteries or medical dramas, this book's premise will intrigue you. How a 15-year old could handle the trauma of this type of surgery, much less witness a murder draws the reader to Anna's plight. Medical details were were written in layman's terms, the characters were believable and the story was fast-paced. I felt the courtroom segments would benefit from additional development, as it presented areas which I felt should have been addressed in a trial setting and would have benefitted the conclusion. The author has researched the medical issues, now she would benefit from additional focus on the legal side as well. Overall, this book is an enjoyable read and an interesting insight into the human mind. I would not hesitate to recommend it.
I was given a complimentary copy of this book in order to provide a review.
Told in third person narrative, you follow the main character Anna mostly through the story - though there is a slew of secondary characters attached as well. Anna's journey through the story is the part that help my interest the most, with the murder a close second. Anna was a very believable character that seemed immature at times - however, given her circumstances, I think it's completely justified and didn't take away from the story at all... nor did it deter my opinion of her. Overall, she was a strong and courageous character. I seriously couldn't imagine going through what she did. The secondary characters were developed well enough, though a little more depth would have been nice. I also found her parents a little hard to swallow at times.
The surgery itself made me wish that I was there to see it, or at least experience it via a documentary or episode of House. It wasn't all too graphic, but the procedure and process that the author described was well-researched - or made up well. I can't go into the validity of all of the medical aspects, but it was all descriptive enough to be real if it wasn't. From the surgery to the therapy, to the murder and climatic ending... this book had me up at night, reading until the end.
Although the protagonist is a teen, this book has a more adult feel to it than Young Adult. I'd recommend for a more mature YA audience. If you like medical dramas, mysteries, and psychology reads should definitely give this book a try. It's a shorter read, but makes up for length with dimension.