“People are dying in the small rural town of Plumwood, Oregon. Doctor Richard Anderson an investigator for the CDC in Atlanta, Georgia is sent to investigate. Dr. Anderson’s investigation leads him on an adventure which uncovers the real killer, which is something more terrifying than anyone could ever have imagined.”
What I loved best about this medical mystery is how the author doesn’t rely solely on relaying how horrible this unknown fatal disease is, but instead draws the audience into the lives of the characters. While adults and children alike are suffering and dying from this strange epidemic and the baffled nurses and doctors work tirelessly to discover a cure, readers are treated to their beautiful friendships both old and new, fearing that their loved ones may fall victim at any moment.
The story creates a tragic yet heartwarming scenario where a little girl finds herself in the hospital, not only experiencing symptoms of the illness, but finding herself alone after the hands of fate deal yet another devastating blow to her young life. Two of the staff members quickly begin neglecting their personal lives in order to treat the girl as if she were their own. During the entire book, the audience remains terrified at every turn that something else, something worse, will happen.
And it’s not their story alone, but that of other characters and their bonds as well. That being said, the mystery of the disease itself also keeps the story suspenseful with an edge of horror. As someone who has dealt with slowly dying while the doctors have no answers or helpful treatments, I personally was especially enthralled. I’m not going to spoil anything more; you’re just going to have to read it and find out who, if anyone, gets a happy ending.
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