This was an average thriller with a medical thread running through.
Susie had been born to Richard Draman, one of the top cancer researcher in the country. His
work was watched and was more promising than most, and he gave credit to his much higher than
average IQ. His intelligence, which got him into plenty of scrapes as a boy, also got him sent
to a boarding school where a teacher took Richard under his wing and the rest, as they way was history.
When Susie was born to Richard and his wife Carly, they knew immediately that she was one of the
few children in the world who suffered from Progeria, or rapid aging. Due to the fact that so few
children suffered from this disease, it got little notice from researchers. It also attracted little
money for anyone interested in doing such research, as Richard found when he left his lab and began
to research it himself. He was determined to save Susie and the other children he had come to know
with this disease.
After hearing of a death in the research community, a suicide, Draman was visited by the victims husband.
He brought with him a thumb drive that contained his wife's most recent work. He took it to Draman because
his reputation as a brilliant scientist was well known. And so began the thriller part of the novel.
This is not a bad book by any means. It just seems to sort of peter out after a while. It starts out
just fine and draws you in quickly. Then things just sort of begin to crumble. I can accept improbable...
this is a book, a story. In fact, improbable is intriguing when used skillfully. The premise that a
scientist was working on research that can turn back time, not only stop the aging process but reverse it,
is not new but it is interesting. The fact that something like that held promise to the victims of progeria
was not lost on Draman, and he was determined not to let anything stop him from completing what his colleague
had begun. Great!
What happened after they left their very ill daughter with a near stranger, (but darned nice guy) did
stretch my credibility just a bit too far.. especially what happened when they were making their way to
the one and only friend they had that might be able to help them. I won't spoil it for you, but it was a bit
The ending ? I love a good strong ending in a book. This one did not have that. It seems that at a
certain point everything became about wrapping it up instead of finishing the story. Too bad... this
one had promise.