Monday, April 18, 2011
Suspense, medical mystery, tear jerker, emotional - these are the words that come to my mind as I type out my thoughts, fresh after reading the book- a marathon read, seems to be endless. Starts at a slow pace, at one point it doesn't seem to move forward. Beatrice is trying to resolve the case of her sister Tess' suicide. everyone has accepted that it was a suicide- she was suffering from acute depression, was hallucinating and suicidal. But Beatrice, who has known her sister better than anybody else, is sure that her sister, who has seen death up close and personal when her brother Leo died of cystic fibrosis, will never take her own life- she respects the gift of life. Beatrice embarks on the dangerous mission to trace the facts that lead to her sister's death. At first she seemed to be heading nowhere. Nobody believes her. Nobody accepts her theories and she takes the little that William, her sister's doctor offers to her in the form of support to her mission. As the book progresses, beatrice seems to be hotting on the trail of the killer and she is just about to close on to the case when there comes a horrific twist to the plot. At this point, I am tempted to add spoliers but I would just say that the ending worked for me very well. The author intends to end it on a positive note and I also believe it ends positively. However, do not attempt to go to the end and read it first- as I did - you might think otherwise. You need to go through the motions of reading the entire book before you take your decision.