The main characters, nurse and journalist, are great in the book. While I think the book could have been shorter just because there seemed to be a lot of 'filler pages', it didn't matter because the book, the story, the writing were really good. I loved the banter and the 'speaking' style of the nurse Timmie - all in all a very entertaining book and while i suspected the ending almost at the finish, it still wasn't super obvious. Will definitely read more of her books just because of the writing style alone! I hope Timmie and murphy appear in another book together
The Alzheimers angle makes this book special, but the mystery seems to get side-tracked at times. The sudden realization at the end seems rather obvious to the reader, and indeed seems to have been how the book led us throughout most of the narrative. Were we suposed to have been surprised? There are some episodes and characters whose potential fall through, leaving a sense of a hole (the ex-hubby, the car chase -- why?). Though they're there to throw us off the real track, there still needs to be more explanation for why they happened, why they were needed. Yes, the nurse talk got too thick at times but it was fascinating all the same (I love the term "gomer"), and Timmie's often uncaring attitude towards her patients was off-putting. This might be just layering of character, but I wanted to like Timmie. She was caring but uncaring, and she knew a little too much about everything. But her situation was one that gripped me, and the relationship between her father and her was a fascinating one to explore. Her name, though: Timothy Leary-Parker. It brought me out of the story every time it was mentioned, even just as "Timmie." Too much, too cute. Good writing otherwise, and like I said, the Alzheimers angle put quite a fascinating spin on the whole thing.
I agree with the other two reviews (not counting the 5-star ad which is the first "review," with such nuggets as "A reader would have to be BRAIN DEAD not to enjoy this tale"). This is a good hospital suspense book. Several times the protagonist Timmie will reach a conclusion and forget to share that with the reader. And the secondary characters do blur into each other. The major fault I found with the book is its length -- 497 pages!! In reaching this length, the author throws in too much repetition of dialogue, reflection, and plot. The author really does not have to repeat something 10 times to have the reader get the point. This would have been a much better book at about 350 pages.