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Life Support | [Tess Gerritsen]

Life Support

Dr. Toby Harper works the night shift in an emergency room. She spends her daytime hours alone with her mother who suffers from Alzheimer's disease. When elderly Alzheimer's patients from the same retirement home start dying mysteriously, Toby is the only one suspicious enough to investigate. As a result she finds herself, her mother, and her own sanity at risk.
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Publisher's Summary

Dr. Toby Harper works the night shift in an emergency room. She spends her daytime hours alone with her mother who suffers from Alzheimer's disease. When elderly Alzheimer's patients from the same retirement home start dying mysteriously, Toby is the only one suspicious enough to investigate. As a result she finds herself, her mother, and her own sanity at risk.

©1998 Tess Gerritsen (P)2011 Simon & Schuster

What the Critics Say

"Grabs you and holds you from page one....Be prepared to drop all your obligations until you finish." (John Saul)

"Richly drawn hospital scenes....Chilling science...and breathless ER-style pacing.... A quick, delightfully scary read." (People)

"[A] spine-tingling medical chiller....The pieces in this adeptly crafted Rubik's cube don't click into place until the final page." (Publisher's Weekly)

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    suepoulin WOLFEBORO, NH, United States 09-26-11
    suepoulin WOLFEBORO, NH, United States 09-26-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Very Engaging!!"

    Tess Gerritsen is a great mystery writer. I have read her work in the past and this is the first audible book of hers that I have bought. The narrator is good and the character development is great. If you are looking for something that will entertain you and allow long drives to fly by, this is for you.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    JACK Cincinnati, OH, United States 07-02-12
    JACK Cincinnati, OH, United States 07-02-12
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    "Fantastic Read"
    Would you listen to Life Support again? Why?

    Yes I would listen to it again. This was the 4th book I've read or listened to by Tess Gerritsen and so far I've not been disapointed.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The medical mystery.


    Which character – as performed by George Guidall – was your favorite?

    Toby Harper


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    NA


    Any additional comments?

    No

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Sandy Angel Fire, NM, United States 01-30-12
    Sandy Angel Fire, NM, United States 01-30-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Just OK!"
    Where does Life Support rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It doesn't rank very high on my list.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    The plot did not keep me on the edge.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Not really. Just listened because I had nothing else to listen to.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Barbara HONOLULU, HI, United States 10-06-12
    Barbara HONOLULU, HI, United States 10-06-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Love medical details? This author is for you!"

    Good story, enjoyed the characters, and the ending came together more logically than the previous Gerritsen book I read, Bloodstream (yes, with another female doctor). Parts of the book were riveting so that I took a few extra minutes to listen before I had to turn off my iPOD before work. Lots of medical detail, all ok with me because I am in the medical field, but I thought it may be way too much for average non-medical person. One of those books you can do at the beach. Looking forward to my 3rd TG book, Bone Garden!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Val 06-04-14
    Val 06-04-14 Member Since 2008

    Mystery & Suspense

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    "Another great story by Tess Gerritsen"
    Which character – as performed by George Guidall – was your favorite?

    overall his voice keeps you reflects emotion and is very easy to listen to.


    Any additional comments?

    This is another great medical thriller by Tess Gerritsen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    MamaMeister 04-05-12
    MamaMeister 04-05-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Very good book"

    I enjoyed this mystery because it had suspense and it wasn't all blood and gore. The main character had to actually use her brains and figure out what was going on.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Heather CONCORD, MA, United States 01-04-12
    Heather CONCORD, MA, United States 01-04-12 Member Since 2010

    jake2771

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    "Quite a medical thriller with a twist"
    If you could sum up Life Support in three words, what would they be?

    concept to think about-organ selling has been shown in multiple countries and makes you wonder if it does not happen more often


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    the police officer-he was very authentic but compassionate


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    no-but i did look forward to each listening session


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Elle in the Great NorthWest Beaverton, OR, United States 07-24-14
    Elle in the Great NorthWest Beaverton, OR, United States 07-24-14

    I LOVE books. And dogs & quilting & beading & volunteering.

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    "Solid but dated medical thriller"

    Its hard to beat Tess Gerritson when it comes to medical thrillers and impossible to beat George Guidell when it comes to dramatic storytelling.

    This was a slightly yucky "doctors gone bad" story that hasn't aged very well. I remembered reading it in the early 90s and thinking 'this could never happen' . 20 years later it doesdn seem nearly as impossible. But it's still yucky when it comes to mutant births.

    I still like Gerritsons work but am going to seek newer novels.

    Not worth your credit

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Patricia Las Vegas, NV, United States 03-27-13
    Patricia Las Vegas, NV, United States 03-27-13 Member Since 2010

    Mother of 3, grandmother of 6, retired nurse and substance abuse counselor. Thrilled to have the time to read or listen to books again.

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    "gruesome at times"

    good book, the story line was not at all what i expected but it kept me intrigued. i wondered though if the medical terminology may cause problems for readers with no medical back ground, but it seemed as though the author tried hard not to let that happen. it was gruesome at times especially the birth scenes but they were a necessary part of the story. i was a bit disappointed in the ending, it felt incomplete to me as far as solving the case was concerned and the finale' with the main characters.
    the narrator was great.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    janj64 HIGHLAND FALLS, NY, US 02-04-13
    janj64 HIGHLAND FALLS, NY, US 02-04-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Suspenseful, real storygripper"
    Where does Life Support rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Life Support is a book I had a hard time not listening to. Very Good


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Kate
    Lichfield, United Kingdom
    12/23/12
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    "Life Support; Gripping, hard to put down"

    I love this book. I can't rate it higher than I have already even though I really think it deserves more!



    The story was a little hazy to begin with but I found once you listen carefully, the plot begins to unfurl, twisting and turning as it does. It is as though there are several storylines going on at once, but; that is all to be revealed in the bigger picture.



    I found it so very gripping, I couldn't put it down. The narrators read very clearly and it was a total pleasure to listen to.



    If you like thrillers, I can highly recommend this one!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Liam
    Malmesbury, United Kingdom
    6/21/11
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    "Enjoyed this"

    Really enjoy Tess Gerritsen books and this is no exception. I like these books because I feel they are always ''going'' somewhere and by that I mean I find them good fun to read - never boring.
    Characters good, plot - not to my taste but cannot help but enjoy her books.

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