This started out as a medical thriller with an unknown drug Respiron being promoted as a vaccine against the common cold till children started getting seriously sick and dying. This was one of the plots, involving paediatrician Dr. Daniel Winters as his patient too got sick. The book also had a second plot going in the background regarding the good doctor’s wife whom he suddenly started doubting of infidelity.
This was my first book by author Jennifer Jaynes, I picked it up after reading the various reviews. Few points I agreed with, it was a medical thriller done well with twists and the author was very authentic in keeping the plot true to the real life happenings in the pharmaceutical industry. The domestic thriller plot is also enthralling. But the 2 plots did not link and had only Dr. Daniels as the common point.
Dr. Daniels as the main character was least likable. (He was a paediatrician who drunk on work days, so was often seen hungover – that put me off, an absolute no no, for me). He was earnest and tried to do the right thing as a doctor, but he was shown as a weak character. I kept waiting for him to take charge, but other than a couple of meek attempts, he did nothing at all. He was more worried about his marital life.
Pardon me for telling it on the face – when your 18 month old patient dies after receiving the vaccine, and you are thinking about your wife’s infidelity, in my books, you are a crappy doctor!! I am so angry with him. Life of a child always comes first!!
If I took this book as a creative fiction, which was meant to thrill me, then I agreed. The medical thriller did work for me. And for readers like me, who have grown up on such thrillers, the ending was no surprise.
And to readers who got the shock from the ending, believe me, it is the truth in today’s world. Pharmaceutical companies have spun their web all over.
Overall, a good read. I enjoyed most parts of it.
I received an ARC from NetGalley and publisher Thomas & Mercer, and this is my honest and unbiased opinion
My rating : 3.5 stars
About the Author
#1 USA Today and internationally bestselling author Jennifer Jaynes graduated from Old Dominion University with a bachelor’s degree in health sciences and holds a certificate from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. She made her living as a content manager, webmaster, news publisher, medical assistant, editor, publishing consultant, and copywriter before finally realizing her dream as a full-time novelist. Jennifer is the author of six thrillers,
Dr. Daniel Winters is living a fairy-tale life. He has a beachfront home in Malibu, a career as a respected pediatrician at a thriving Los Angeles practice, and a gorgeous new wife, Mia. For a man whose past was rife with mental illness, addiction, and thoughts of suicide, it seems too good to be true.
Then Daniel learns that a fellow pediatrician and his family were found slaughtered in their home. It’s just the first chip in the facade of Daniel’s perfect life. Little by little, everything starts to fall away. At work, his career becomes at risk when he’s asked to remain silent about a dangerous new drug. At home, Mia has gone from an affectionate newlywed to a mysterious woman carefully hiding secrets—and possibly a lover.
Then, another doctor is found dead, and as Mia’s behavior becomes increasingly suspicious, Daniel begins to wonder: Is paranoia getting the best of him…or has his fairy-tale life become a nightmare worse than he could have ever imagined?
Publication date : 25th September, 2018
Publisher : Thomas & Mercer