Set against the backdrop of the battle for abortion rights, this timely but stilted debut thriller features a perfect yuppie couple. Michael Knowles is a successful OB-GYN and his wife, Annie, is a popular journalism professor; they have two precious kids and a big, airy home in upstate New York. But once Michael accepts a position at the only abortion clinic in town, the already heavy strain that his doctor's schedule puts on their marriage sends Annie into the arms of a colleague, notorious painter Simon Haas. Meanwhile, Michael receives increasingly hostile threats from creepy antiabortion activists, suggesting that one, or both, of the Knowles are targets of a vicious terror campaign. The painter's childlike young wife, Lydia, as a menacing, tormented Bible-thumper scarred by a harsh, loveless upbringing, is the enigma that fuels Brundage's examination of what happens when we are drawn to the very things that promise to destroy us. But the lessons here are heavy-handed and the characterizations mechanical. The bad guys wear mirrored sunglasses as they force Michael off the road; the good guys wear jackets emblazoned with angel's wings; and the dialogue is delivered in short sound bites scripted for a TV cliffhanger. The Knowles' storybook marriage takes a number of dark, twisted turns, but the lack of character nuance and depth blunt Brundage's stab at psychological suspense.
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The prologue to this compelling novel consists of the murder confession of an obviously unhinged person. So, from the first sentence, readers are hooked--and stay hooked till the end. The plot centers on two marriages and the flaws within them that lead to disaster. Michael and Annie Knowles have a seemingly perfect marriage; Simon and Lydia Hass quite obviously do not. When Michael, an obstetrician, agrees to do abortions part-time at a free clinic in Albany, New York, he starts a chain of events that shatters both couples' lives. The complex, cleverly constructed narrative provides a slow unfolding of the intricate relationships among the characters. Third-person narration, rotating point of view, and skillful use of flashback gradually construct the anatomy of a catastrophe and provide suspense, momentum, and believable characters. This page-turner will appeal to a broad readership and will do well in public libraries with audiences as diverse as Ruth Rendell fans, lovers of Rosellen Brown's Before and After (1992), and those who could not put down Stephen King's Delores Claibourne (1992). Ellen Loughran
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If you love, suspense, mystery, and tretchery this is the book for you. It is a page turner all the way through. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Denise Senécal
This novel is a good read. It is a real mystery, and the story unfolds as it should. Gives the reader a real insight into the dangers faced by doctors who perform abortions.Published on July 9 2013 by Dorothy Morgan Matula
Loved every minute of this book. Not a difficult read, however this is a dark, suspenseful page turner. A wonderfully unexpected surprise.Published on May 31 2013 by T. Blackwell
This was an extremely dark read. I didn't enjoy it and about halfway through stopped reading. I had no desire to continue. It's a DNF for me. Read morePublished on March 27 2013 by A Customer
Good story line , enjoyed the book a little different. Passed it on to a friend. If you like light reading but still good plot this one will do.Published on March 22 2013 by J. Ward
THE DOCTORS WIFE. Enjoyed the read, kept me interested! Would recommend it to those enjoying fiction and an easy read!Published on March 6 2013 by Ingrid Pokrass
excellent book for reading.......keeps ones attention all the time and makes you want to keep on reading after every
The plot of this story kept me reading. I can't say I loved the book but I did enjoy it, although I may have expected a bit more.Published on Dec 27 2012 by N. Rea
Really loved this book....but stay with it because it flips all over the place; past/present and back to past again. Read morePublished on Dec 21 2012 by Veronica Hylands