There are so many problems with this novel I don't know where to start.
First, the author is a man and the main character is a woman, Camille. Both are M.D.s and perhaps Kraus thinks that's enough. But it is not. At one point a secondary female character says, "A man cannot possibly understand what I'm going through." (89) Exactly. Kraus may think he understands women and how they act and what they think, but he has missed it by a mile.
As an example, this book is way too sexy to be a "Christian" book and to be seen from the woman's viewpoint. The male's sex drive is much stronger than the woman's (I think) and Kraus must have projected his own desires onto Camille. At one point Camille touches sexual areas of herself, so to speak, in the shower. This scene was not necessary and totally outside what I would call Christian fiction.
Camille is hesitant to have sex with her boyfriend, not because of morality but because of mental issues stemming from her childhood in Africa. Ultimately, Camille does not have sex with her boyfriend, not on moral reasons but because his "two timing" her is found out. Kraus missed a good opportunity to have Camille (at least) think about the moral nature of sex.
And Christianity in the book? The only Christian seen throughout the book is the wife of an alcoholic wife-beater who sticks with him. She is portrayed as having the faith that her son, the patient of Camille's who lost six liters of blood, will live. But again, Kraus missed an opportunity to have her as a stronger Christian influence.
At the end of the book, the last three pages, Camille has a spiritual turn around. It is almost as if Kraus remembered this was supposed to be a Christian book and added those last three pages. Upon finishing the book I had the same sensation as when I hear a testimony where someone spends twenty minutes graphically telling of their sinful life and then ends with, "Oh yeah, then I got saved." The end.
I'm in a reading group that read this book and to a person, we would not recommend it. You cannot pass it on to a nonbeliever because there is nothing about the gospel in it. You wouldn't want to give it to a fellow Christian.
There is nothing I can recommend about this book to the Christian reader.
One of the biggest selling points to Six Liter Club is that as a male author, he nails the female brain. Kraus gets into Weller's brain so well that I could thump page after page and nod in agreement, recognition or acclimation. He developed her charactor into a memorable role. As past meets present-one accentuated by heavy responsibility-Weller manages to deal with emotional aspects in her life almost as well as her professional one. The reader will admire the professional and relate to the baggage. In the end, there is a spiritual relevelation that will blow the readers mind. You can take it at face value, or dive in to multiple layers of meaning-it's up to you. In fact, it's obvious Kraus has written Six Liter Club with that in mind. The reader can take this book to the beach and finish it proclaiming it was a light read, or they can contemplate deeper meanings around many corners. I believe Kraus has stepped into a new league through Six Liter and I look for him to provide competition with some of the best mainstream authors in the business.
Dr. Harry Kraus has written another great book! Not sure why Im surprised. Have loved each one! This is a story of the first Black-American woman ER trauma surgeon, Camille Weller, hired at the Medical College of Virginia in 1983. She had to prove herself in several waysthe first woman, let alone a black woman in an ER trauma setting, the home of male testosterone and egos; trying to be one of the guys to fit in; and having to toe the line of the upper male echelons rules of conduct, the latter of which she defied in her method of treating a female colleague.This isnt Dr. Krauss usual medical murder mysteries, but the intensity of Camilles panic attacks and how they rule her world threaten her job and romantic relationships as well. It wasnt as riveting as previous novels, yet there was plenty of interactive episodes in the ER trauma realm, violence, and well as personal issues to keep you interested. The personal female touch, written by a male author, was a great approach to a difficult emotional situation.Krauss use of flashbacks amidst the storyline was used succinctly to intrigue you, but doesnt give enough details to give away the plot. The interpersonal relationships were complex, given the situations taking placewhich had me concerned throughout most of the book. He ends with a well thought out and twisted ending! A great read!This was a book I borrowed from the library. Dr. Harry Kraus is one of my favorite authors in this genre, and his books keep me coming back for more. Ready for the next one!