Woohoo time for a book review and this one is particularly special because the book isn’t even out yet! I know right how cool is that that I got to read it before it officially releases? This review is an honest one in exchange for getting a free copy of the book from the author, who found me through The IndieView. The book is Where Death is a Hunter by Christopher Stookey.
Ahem, first let’s start with the title. Capture your attention? It did mine. Then I read the author’s bio. By the way, do you ever do that right off the bat before you read a book? Sometimes I do. I read that he is a doctor in real life. Given that the book is a medical thriller that’s extra cool. I thought that I might get some realistic details about medical life going on; I did – and then some!
What struck me as unusual within the first chapter was who the “I” character was. Yes, as expected, it is a medical professional (an anesthesiologist). But here’s what sets it apart: The “I” character is a female. Wait, the author is a guy… wait, wow. So that set it apart from the first page for me.
The main character is Hanna, who appears to have a good life as an anesthesiologist at Deaconess Hospital in San Francisco… until one of her patients dies while under her care, that is. When she is told that the unexpected death is because of her error, there’s something that seem off about it all to Hanna. Then it becomes clear that she is being framed… Wait, is it a murder of the patient?
A compelling read? Yes.
I did find, however, that sometimes the author went into too much explanation where it wasn’t necessary. He would explain, for example, why a procedure is done in a hospital; I would rather have had that explanation unveiled in dialogue or through a character’s actions rather than being told straight to me. In other words, show don’t tell.
On a more positive note, I liked this book overall! Where Death is a Hunter has great flow and good connections between the characters. I also enjoyed trying to solve the mystery of who “done it”! Who was the murderer? As the book progressed, I felt my heartbeat quicken as I wanted to see if the murder got solved before more people got hurt. I won’t say more as I don’t want to give away too much! I rate this book as 4 out of 5 stars.
Where Death is a Hunter by Christopher Stookey will be available in May 2015.
Happy reading… but watch out for a murderer!
©2015 Christy Birmingham