This book should have been fascinating, but it wasn't. It was actually rather dull and I only finished it because of my interest in the subject and the fact that it was a short listen.
It is surprising how fascinating a medical mystery can be. I was hanging on every word. I was terrified, but still could not stop listening.
Keane offers a sympathetic portrayal of Mary Mallon, better known as Typhoid Mary. The story portrays early 20th Century New York and several important historical events seen through Mary's eyes.
Mary's long-term relationship was probably total fiction, but it helped to provide a narrative that allowed the author to string together the events in Mary's life. I think I would have liked this fictional Mary better than the historical Mary.
I didn't expect to enjoy the book as much as I did. It was a wonderful escape! Part mystery, part fantasy-SF. I don't want to give too much away. I never would have predicted where the story took me. I finished it in marathon listening sessions. The narration was excellent and I could keep track of the different characters easily by the way the narrator voiced them.
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