In this novel, a bright young divorce lawyer is assigned to represent a woman whose husband remains in a vegetative state after an accident. But this woman doesn't want a divorce; she wants to unplug his life support.
Although Life Support is billed as a legal thriller, it lacks the tension and conflict required of the genre, and moves much slower than suspense-lovers expect. The focus on the ups and downs in the protagonist's life and the impact this case has on her make this book more of a drama or perhaps women's fiction than suspense.
The author's writing is very good, with good sentence structure and flow and a nice voice. Unfortunately, it didn't pull me into the story. Backstory and rambling internal thoughts regularly interrupted the flow and slowed the pace of the story to a crawl at many places. I actually found the antagonist's point of view to be much more interesting than the protagonist's, probably because the tension and conflict were much more pronounced from her perspective.
The lack of conflict and the slowdowns had me skipping pages. Eventually I gave up and moved on to other books in my To-Be-Read pile in search of something that would pull me into the story and hold my attention.
As much as I would like to give a 3 to this book because the author is obviously an excellent wordsmith, I simply can't. To me, the story is king, and this story did not pull me in. There just wasn't enough tension and conflict to make me want to keep reading the book.
This book, Life Support, has all the tentacles of the Terri Sciavo case, only with differing medical conditions.
The emotional upheavals and shenanigans of Baxter Richardson's father, Ezra; the inexplicable behaviors and comments of Baxter's wife, Rena; the calculating and mysterious behaviors of Baxter's brother, Jeffrey; the perplexing position of attorney Alexia Lindale working to remove Baxter's life support, mixed with the romantic tension between Alexia and Ted Morgan, all take you for the tailspin ride of your life. And wait until you meet the short, scarred-face Detective Giles Porter!
The constant twists at every conceivable moment forces you to keep abreast of the situations unfolding. Yet, though there are constant twists and turns, I found the writing style to be relaxed and woven methodically throughout the book. I thoroughly enjoyed the flow of the story line.
The characters are all believable in each episode of the circumstances. The emotions and tension are palpable. I was able to connect emotionally with each of the main characters revolving around Baxter's medical condition, some of which were good and some that weren't.
You will become acquainted with musical worship and music therapy. I found this aspect so comforting, as I get into music much the same as Ted.
This is my first book by Robert Whitlow, and I've already purchased the second in this series! Can't wait to read that it!
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Life Support by Robert Whitlow is truly an intriguing novel. From the very first chapter, I was hooked. I wanted to know what happened to the characters - all of them. Life Support is a legal thriller -- a story about the law, love, hate, rejection, deceit, trust, manipulation and how God's love can overcome a hardened heart.
Alexia Lindale is an attorney. Aside from her career and her pets, there isn't much for her in the small town of Santee, South Carolina. She's a self-sufficient woman who longs for more deep down inside.
The tag line for this novel is: How can Attorney Alexia Lindale support the wishes of her client when the goal is a near-certain death?
Life Support centers on the life of Baxter Richardson. He seems to have it all. But then he plummets off a cliff and his life and the lives of everyone in the story are literally changed forever. Alexia is hired to represent Baxter's wife, Rena, in a case against Baxter's father, in which she wants to unplug Baxter from life support. His father wants to use his legal rights to overrule her wishes. Everyone connected to Baxter has selfish motives for wanting him either dead or alive. No one can agree, not even the doctors, on what to do with him. He's a pawn in the Richardson family game. People are easily manipulated and bought. The interesting thing is that everyone seems to think that if Baxter's life support is terminated, he will die.
Of course, there is more to the story than just the Baxter Richardson case. Alexia Lindale has her hands full with career complications, other clients, her life outside of work and her softening heart. So caught up in living the life of an attorney, she never expects the changes that begin to occur in her private life.
Robert Whitlow puts some awesome twists in this book. He also uses symbolism quite well. His characterization is amazing. I like his attention to detail without overdoing it. He leaves a lot to the imagination. He makes you care for the characters and some of the events that happen in the book actually caused me to feel for them. It was very real.
There are questions raised in this book that do not get answered and I was glad to know there is a sequel. At first I thought the sequel was just about Alexia, the attorney, and was relieved to know that it was the continuing drama of the Richardson family. There is so much growth and change that needs to occur in all of them that the story simply could not end with one book. I immediately ordered the follow-up, Life Everlasting.
This is the first book I have ever read of his and plan to read all of them!
The opening book of a series is always pivotal, as it sets the tone for the rest. If I were an author, I don't know that I would ever intentionally set out to write a series, unless I had a great plan for the other books. At this point, I don't know where Robert Whitlow plans to take this series - but I intend to come along!
Alex is a female attorney in a small town, who likes classical music, traveling, and championing for justice. Rena is the wife of a rich man who is in a coma. When Alex agrees to represent Rena in a case to determine the fate of her husband, things get complicated. This book has a lot of interesting ethical, medical, and legal facets, but it also has a profoundly spiritual aspect as well. One of my favorite parts of the book is the side story about Ted Duncan, a music minister who prays by playing the piano. There is something so real about the way he connects with God through original compositions, and the fact that his faith is so honest makes it powerful.
I liked this book very much, and I can't wait to read the next one in the series. This book ends with a cliff hanger, so if you don't like waiting for resolution, you might just want to go ahead and buy books 1 & 2 at the same time to save yourself the wait.
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