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Carol Cassella has written a book, taking place in a medical setting, that is quasi-mystery, and largely a story of people's lives. Dr. Charlotte Reese is on duty when a "Jane Doe" is brought in, in very serious, life-threatened condition, and they have no family to tell them her medical history or her wishes for things like life support. Dr. Reese becomes very invested in what happens to her which is part of the plot.
Around this central part of the story, Cassella has woven the life stories of several people--who, initially seem to have no relationship to each other, and her character development of each of them is very good. The interactions that tell their back story are quite interesting to listen to.
Much of this focuses on medical issues of course, but a great deal is how the mystery (which pretty much stops being mysterious not very far into the book) resolves itself. Even though the listener kind of knows that part, what is engaging is the way the story gradually builds up to reveal certain things that led to what had occurred at the very beginning of the book. There are some really gripping parts to the story.
I was not overly fond of the narration by Mozhan Marno, but it did the job okay. I liked this book and recommend it as a good read--but I feel it did not rise to the level of "5" on any measure.
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The story was pretty well-written, although it was more of a romance novel than a medical novel, which was disappointing to me.
The reader was good, but mispronounced several words and terms and the names of many local towns. Since I'm from the area the story takes place in, this was hard to listen to, especially since the author felt compelled to name many towns , highways, and local areas that were unnecessary and did nothing for the story.
I just don't get how a professional reader (performer) would not do the research to know how to say the words she's reading correctly. Just my pet peeve, I guess.
All in all, though, it kept me company through gardening, sewing and other tasks.
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