Life Support - eBook
Shouldn't be labeled as a thriller
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 doesnÃ¢ÂÂt 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 protagonistÃ¢ÂÂs life and the impact this case has on her make this book more of a drama or perhaps womenÃ¢ÂÂs fiction than suspense.
The author's writing is very good, with good sentence structure and flow and a nice voice. Unfortunately, it didnÃ¢ÂÂt 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 wasnÃ¢ÂÂt enough tension and conflict to make me want to keep reading the book.
January 29, 2012
Love Robert Whitlow!
His books keep you interested from the first word to the last.
Love his books!
October 17, 2011
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 RichardsonÃ¢ÂÂs father, Ezra; the inexplicable behaviors and comments of BaxterÃ¢ÂÂs wife, Rena; the calculating and mysterious behaviors of BaxterÃ¢ÂÂs brother, Jeffrey; the perplexing position of attorney Alexia Lindale working to remove BaxterÃ¢ÂÂs 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 BaxterÃ¢ÂÂs medical condition, some of which were good and some that werenÃ¢ÂÂt.
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 IÃ¢ÂÂve already purchased the second in this series! CanÃ¢ÂÂt wait to read that it!
This book was provided by BookSneeze in exchange for my honest review. No monetary compensation was exchanged.
September 7, 2011
Save time; buy the whole series!
The opening book of a series is always pivotal, as it sets the tone for the rest. If I were an author, I donÃ¢ÂÂt 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 donÃ¢ÂÂt know where Robert Whitlow plans to take this series Ã¢ÂÂ 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 canÃ¢ÂÂt wait to read the next one in the series. This book ends with a cliff hanger, so if you donÃ¢ÂÂt 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.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade CommissionÃ¢ÂÂs 16 CFR, Part 255
July 22, 2011