This book is horrible. It is trite beyond reason. I always ALWAYS finish a book I begin; no matter how horrible.
Not gonna lie, I TOTALLY judge a book by its cover; that’s about the only way I know to pick a book. And the cover I chose is plain red with a syringe and the back of the book praised the author’s wonderfully detailed medicinal knowledge. It sounded like some kind of introspective-mystery; not really my normal fare, but I’m beginning to run out of options at my local library.
***SPOILER ALERT!! I WILL GIVE AWAY THE ENDING***
The main character (a widowed Maryland doctor running away from her problems in Baltimore and taking her 14 year old son with her) tries so hard to be a woman of substance, and comes across as typical, illogical, and romance-character-esque. The book started out fairly strong, grabbed my attention, didn’t become too mired in introductory details. However, after the first third, it slowed WAY the fuck down and became very predictable and extremely cliche. This book has a multi-character narration that does not flow well, that has no discernible pattern except the author was looking to create some cheesy inner dialogue that any other character wouldn’t be able to fulfill.
The mystery of the book is in trying to figure out why the adolescents of this tiny country town (called Tranquility–I mean, Come On!!) in Maine have suddenly started raging and destroying property, and fighting, and even killing other people or other family members; just like what happened in the same town 50 years ago; and 50 years before that too.
You wanna know why?? You’ll never guess (unless you read the book because apparently Gerritesen doesn’t realize that foreshadowing is supposed to be subtle).
Apparently the town of Tranquility suffers from a major flood every 50 years. And this flood washes through this tiny cave in the middle of the woods, right? And apparently living in this cave is an undiscovered form of glowing earthworm that is actually a type of parasite that is being ingested as larvae from the town’s lake into the children, right? And this thing then embeds itself into the teen’s brain and causes a PCP-type of rage and power. And after a week the body’s immune system manages to expel (which apparently no one has managed to see/feel until this lovely big-city doctor moved into their small town) or encapsulate the parasite and the teen becomes normal once again. —But wait!! We’re not done. Also, apparently, the local hospital has recently switched corporate hands and is now owned by a major pharmaceutical company–who apparently also works for the military–and they have discovered this parasite and are working on using it to create a (ready?) a super solider!! Can you believe it?!?
And there is just so much more; so many things that just managed to conveniently happen to create the perfect happy ending; it would be laughable if it wasn’t so awful.
Don’t read this book.
I repeat, save your time and money.