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2.0 out of 5 starsThe novel is billed as a 'medical thriller', I ...
Reviewed in the United States on November 26, 2015
The novel is billed as a 'medical thriller', I suppose since it's set in a San Francisco hospital during an outbreak of the flu. The only thrilling part was when I finally finished it. A ridiculously contrived plot line, and the most wishy-washy, whiny, spineless character imaginable. I try to be positive in most of my reviews, but this was not even worthy of a second rate Lifetime movie. Honestly, I'm being generous in giving BONE DUST 2 stars.
5.0 out of 5 starsGina's murderous ex is getting in the way of Harry's love for her just for starters
Reviewed in the United States on September 6, 2015
In Bone Dust, the Nick and Nora of nurses are back with a splash...a splash of blood, that is. And boy, are Gina Mazzio and Harry Lucke in the thick of the blood this time. Gina's murderous ex is getting in the way of Harry's love for her just for starters. But Harry has his ways. And Gina is dealing with a deranged killer right in her own hospital. Gina is one tough cookie though, and Harry is still her sweetheart. And they both just keep on fighting to do the right thing and get the bad guys. Courageous characters and complex schemes. This fast-paced medical thriller keeps you panting until the final page.
'Medical thriller' this isn't. It is a romance. Multiple characters meeting each other and falling in love within hours, much distracted longing for partners who aren't there, meaningful silences... That said, if you like romances AND you knew that this book is a romance, not a medical thriller, then it's probably an okay book.
After I got over the fact that my expectations had been different, I carried on reading to see why the book had so many 5 stars but I couldn't finish: The characters are one-dimensional (e.g. moody, love-struck females and tall, silent, strong men with sports cars), the plot predictable (bad guys are deranged with mummy issues) and full of coincidences that stretched belief. The tension comes from the usual sloppy police and medical authorities that just wouldn't be the case in the real world.
Again, however, if you like romances, and want a fast, easy read to while away the time - it's probably a 3 or 4-star but for me, 2 is all I can muster.
Reviewed in the United States on February 17, 2016
Gina, an RN at a Frisco hospital, is haunted by her homicidal ex-husband, who already had tried to kill her once. She cannot go on with her life and thus drops Harry, her partner for four years, who is hopelessly in love with her. All that happens on the backdrop of a major flu epidemic and is further complicated by Russel, a psycho phelebotomist trying to silence the voices in his head by bleeding animals and people to death. (The psych 101 efforts to explain insanity and psychopathology are somewhat pathetic.) Things move quite predictably but rapidly towards the conclusion. Not everybody in the book reaches that stage alive, however. On the whole, the plot is rather far-fetched with an unusual density of psychos around our heroine. Moreover, most of the personae are sketchy and two-dimensional. I also shiver when Brad, a possible new man in Gina's complicated life is described as a handsome, suave, sophisticated six-foot two. Are there never short ugly awkward lovers? Despite all said so far, the book is well written, well paced and has but a few editing errors. One great plus - despite the poor description of most of the subjects, the authors can get into the psychos' heads and their description is both chilling and riveting. Not another Dostoyevsky, but a nicely written mystery to curl up in a comfy chair with a cup of tea (or something more potent) for a couple of hours.
Interesting but not riveting medical thriller. The main character, Gina Mazzio is portrayed as a tough, independent woman and nurse with a sixth sense for trouble. She currently is battling stalking by her ex, a murdering co-worker, a breakup with the love of her life and a flu epidemic. There is no mystery as the good and the bad are revealed at the beginning of the book. Gina's reasons for her breakup is repeated a number of times and attributed to a selfless need to protect her boyfriend from her ex. Her persistence in carrying a load of issues without help (including her denial and poor judgement in continuing to work during the flu epidemic when she knows she has the flu) may be considered by some as a strength but is also her weakness. The end, while satisfactory in the outcome, consist of events obviously created to tie up all the loose ends of the story. A light, afternoon read.
Harry Lucke is in AZ on a traveling nurse assignment and Gina is still in San Francisco in the midst of a Flu epidemic. They are taking a time out after four years together because Harry wants to get married and Gina continues to say no. After six weeks apart, Gina has started seeing one of the doctors where she works and Harry has become friends with a nurse in Tucson who wants more from him. Then Gina's friend tells her she's being stalked by a phlebotomist at the hospital where they work. And Harry unknowingly crosses paths with Gina's ex husband, who is using an alias and is being treated for injuries sustained in a car accident. Two hospitals, two killers, how many victims?
An author I’ve never heard of before but one who had me hooked in the first few pages. This is an intriguing work of fiction which had me needing to know what came next! I liked how there were only the main characters to follow which in an e-book makes it easier to follow.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 13, 2016
I have to say this was a very interesting, WELL crafted story, full of some very devious characters. It takes you down a very dark path, which in reality , unfortunately there are people out there like them.