I took some time off from my reading challenge but I am back at it now and have been enjoying the book Fatal by Michael Palmer. Initially I had intended to use this book as my book with a one word title and while it obviously does fill that requirement it is also five hundred nine pages and so it will be the book over five hundred pages for my challenge. It is captivating and I have been very excited to turn each page and progress to each chapter.
As with the trilogy I read by Madeleine Roux I believe that this medical thriller will just be the beginning of my reading for this author. He has an extremely descriptive style and sense of urgency to his writing that draws the reader into the action and refuses to let go. I have not finished this book yet but I find myself sneaking a few pages in on breaks at work and falling sleep far later than I had intended just to finish one more chapter.
From Amazon -
In Chicago, a pregnant cafeteria worker suffering nothing more malevolent than flulike symptoms begins hemorrhaging from every part of her body. In Boston, a brilliant musician, her face disfigured by an unknown disease, rapidly descends into a lethal paranoia. In Belinda, West Virginia, a miner suddenly goes berserk, causing a cave-in that kills two of his co-workers. Finding the link between these events could prove FATAL.
Five years ago, internist and emergency specialist Matt Rutledge returned to his West Virginia home to marry his high-school sweetheart and open a practice. He also had a score to settle. His father died while working for the Belinda Coal and Coke Company, and Matt swore to expose the mine’s health and safety violations.
When his beloved Ginny succumbed to an unusual cancer, his campaign became even more bitterly personal. Now Matt has identified two bizarre cases of what he has dubbed the Belinda Syndrome--caused, he is certain, by the mine’s careless disposal of toxic chemicals. All he needs is proof.
Meanwhile, two women, unknown to one another, are drawn inexorably to Belinda, into Matt’s life--and into mortal danger. Massachusetts coroner Nikki Solari comes to attend the funeral of her roommate, killed violently on a Boston street. Ellen Kroft, a retired schoolteacher from Maryland, seeks the remorseless killer who has threatened to destroy her and her family.Three strangers--Rutledge, Solari, and Kroft--each hold one piece of a puzzle they must solve, and solve quickly. If they don’t, it will be far more than just their own lives that are at risk.
Michael Palmer has crafted a novel of breathtaking speed and medical intricacy where nothing is as it seems and one false step could be FATAL.