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He wasn't exactly the most-loved person in the hospital, so when the arrogant director of psychiatry is murdered, the list of possible suspects isn't a short one. To complicate matters for the other doctors trying to maintain a modicum of normalcy without their fearsome leader, four patients the dead doc was treating in conjunction with a drug test are going downhill fast, and nobody knows why. Tempers flare and accusations fly before the killer is found... but not before the killer kills again.
This is a very enjoyable read, and in some parts, edge-of-the-seat thrilling. My only very small beef was with the formatting mistakes in the e-version. Some paragraphs were smushed together into one, so that multiple people were speaking in the same paragraph. A bit confusing. In several instances, some words were missing altogether, and a paragraph would begin mid-sentence. Also confusing. The other mistake was in the plot itself. Toward the end of the book, a doctor mentions going back to help the "other patients" when at that point, there was only one drug-test patient left to help.
Talking about the end of the book, whatever you do, do NOT skip reading the prologue! Really. (Talk about chilling and thought-provoking!)
So color me surprised that this was an engaging read that I finished in one sitting, and kept me up until 1am. This book reminded me of False Memory by Dean Koontz... it might be because that was the only other "psychology-based" psychological thriller that I have read - but I enjoyed them both very much.
In this story, the murder victim is a psychiatrist connected to a university and resident program. He has been engaging in some very dicey behavior with regard to patients in a clinical drug trial. He is not a likeable man, and you don't really feel bad for his death. Everyone in the department seems to have skeletons in their closet, so you have lots of suspects. I figured out the culprit about half way through, but that did not take away from the story in the least. April Simons was a likeable lead character, especially when interacting with the broody Detective Sam Perone.
The patients in the clinical trial were a good secondary story. I hated that part of their issues involved hurting animals... I sometimes like animals more than people. Luckily none of that was very graphic.
All-in-all, I found this story a realistic (if depressing) portrayal of academia. Given that Hansburg is a psychologist herself, this does not surprise me. Full of competition, juicy secrets, and back stabbing. Throw in murder, a pregnant mistress, a bitchy aging wife addicted to botox, a "real woman" lead character, sexy Italian detective... and you have a juicy made-for-tv mystery that you won't want to put down. I thoroughly enjoyed this read and am glad that I volunteered for the review opportunity.
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