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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

Critic Reviews

"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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IT'S A BRAVE NEW WORLD

ALL FETUSES ARE PARASITES
This is probably my favorite book by Gerritsen, which is saying a lot, since I like most of what she writes. The technology is dated but the moral issues and the if and how we handle body tissues is a hot topic today.
HOW DO I FIGHT BACK WHEN I'M BEING ATTACKED ON ALL SIDES
Just like in Harvest, Tess digs a hole so deep for her main character, a female physician, you are at odds in how she will get out. Her main character is a no holds barred do what is right type of person, come hell or high water. With Gerritsen you never have to worry about being bored. Each chapter has something of significant happen. Tess does not use fillers.
MAD COW DISEASE
Guidall is one of the best, if not the best in his craft.

17 of 19 people found this review helpful

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  • suepoulin
  • WOLFEBORO, NH, United States
  • 09-26-11

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.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Barbara
  • Florida, United States
  • 10-06-12

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!

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • JACK
  • Cincinnati, OH, United States
  • 07-02-12

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

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  • Patricia
  • Las Vegas, NV, United States
  • 03-27-13

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.

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One of her Greatest ones

I m addicted to Tes Garitson. This book was so suspenseful and engaging, that I could not stop at any point. The narration was perfect. I love her writing style, how all the loose ends come to end beautifully. The medical terminology, which should sound jargon to someone like me without any medical background, yet she somehow explains them without sounding like a biology course. She is the best.

I highly recommend this book.

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very good read

author had two or more story linea going and crossed them and brought you out​ on top. imagination!

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  • Lee
  • Spring Branch, TX, United States
  • 10-16-17

The second time around was just as good.

For me, a book is a continuing experience. And the books by Tess Gerritsen are so intense and with such good plots that one listening is not enough. I usually put a book aside for a month, even a year and then one evening, when I feel the need for entertainment, I go to my library on Audible and choose a book by one of my favorite authors and listen again. There are things I missed the first time around that I notice on second listening. I love these surprises. George Guidall is not just a narrator of books. He is a performer of the story. He makes both the male and female roles come to life. Thank you Audible for allowing us to have such high quality experiences when we order a book.

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  • Toni
  • Groton, CT, United States
  • 10-02-17

Couldn't stop listening

Tess Gerritsen's books are always a great read. This book had my attention from the start. I just wish that there was less profanity. The book would have been just as excellent without it.

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So good!

best Tess I've read in years! George G. just makes the characters come alive! it's a keeper!

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  • Gaynor
  • 02-02-16

Wonderful

A wonderful gripping thriller with great twists and turns throughout.

Narrator is brilliant. A clear voice and reforms with crescendo when needed.

Please excuse any typos it's 2am and I have blurry eyes. Insomnia is now a happy tome thanks to audible but it can't help blurred sleepy vision.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Kate
  • 12-23-12

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!!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Liam
  • 06-21-11

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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  • Alison
  • 11-21-16

Great Medical / Crime Thriller

loved it. hard to stop listening as story very engaging. a medical/crime thriller. give it a try.