From Catherine Given
Author: Herman Koch
Title: Summer house with swimming pool : a novel
This is a gritty and disturbing Whodunit, but so much more. It could be subtitled, “Why bad things happen to bad Dads and their children.”
SHWSP begins calmly as the main character, Marc, a married general practitioner, reveals to us the shocking thoughts and fantasies behind his bland façade, as he examines and advises his patients. He then plans his family’s summer by the sea, to provide himself a chance to see a friend’s wife, whom he fancies. He, his wife and two daughters, a young teen and a “tween,” camp in a beach tent in the friends’ neighborhood and then accept that family’s “surprise” invitation to stay at their summer house. Tension builds quickly as we realize the diabolical and misogynistic nature of several characters there. These menacing characters, as well as Marc and his family, become caught up in a series of creepy, disturbing events. I couldn’t put it down.
From Francine Schwarz
Author: Robin Cook
I have enjoyed his books in the past, but if you have seen the new Apple commercial showing their devices being used to monitor health this book is a must read. Fiction meets current events.
From Vendula Schonfeldova
Title: If I stay
Author: Gayle Forman
Main character is Mia, ordinary girl from Oregon. She has a perfect life, amazing family of mother, father and younger brother, loving boyfriend and best friend and loves music, playing cello. Everything is perfect until a car accident where her family dies, expect her. She is kept between being alive and death. Its all up to her to decide if she wants to stay or join her family on the other side. She is being undecided until her boyfriend tells her how much he loves her and is willing to loose everything if she stays alive. She survives.
From Pat Wagner
Author: Robin Cook
This suspense book imagines that insurance companies will take over doctor’s appointments with smart phones. Also, the romantic life of a young fourth year emergency room resident adds interesting plot turns. A fast read with serious iliac actions to the future health care system.
From Andrea Kalinowski
author: Bass, Jefferson
The bone thief
I recently finished “Bone thief” by Jefferson Bass. This book touched on a
subject near and dear to my heart, which is organ transplantation, though
the work is entirely fictional. One of the central characters suffered
radiation poisoning in a previous work and a hand transplant was being
touted as a possibility. The collaborative team of Bill Bass and Jon
Jefferson have written several books together and this is the best so far.
Bill Bass is the originator of the Body Farm, an annex to the University
of Tennessee. He has conducted and assisted in simplifying calculations
for time of death by running experiments, initially on pigs and then on
donated cadavers. The book also mentioned the dark side of the organ
industry. In the back of the book, the authors mentioned “Body brokers,”
which is a nonfiction work exploring the funeral industry and the dubious
ethics of some of its members. It seems that there is always a loophole
for the unethical or shortcut person. Both books were informative and
enjoyable and some crossover of issues was evident.