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An obesity treatment has been discovered, but before anyone can benefit, a dispute breaks out about who owns the discovery. David Marchmont, a patent lawyer, is asked to handle the case. There's one big problem, though: crucial evidence is missing--evidence that might have a bearing on the clinical trial two years before.

David's personal life has its own challenges. His daughter, Chloe, has a rare and serious genetic condition. His wife, Rachel, becomes friendly with a young researcher, Kate Flanagan, who is seeking a cure for Chloe's disorder; Kate, in turn, becomes concerned that her lab colleagues may be cutting corners on the obesity drug.

As evidence of mishandling mounts--then disappears--Kate, Rachel, and David find themselves caught up in acute ethical challenges and personal danger. Is biotechnology outstripping our capacity to make ethical decisions?

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 256
Vendor: Lion Fiction
Publication Date: 2017
Dimensions: 7.75 X 5.00 (inches)
ISBN: 1782642145
ISBN-13: 9781782642145

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An obesity treatment has been discovered, but before anyone can benefit, a dispute breaks out about who owns the discovery. David Marchmont, a patent lawyer, is asked to handle the case. There's one big problem, though: crucial evidence is missing--evidence that might have a bearing on the clinical trial two years before.

David's personal life has its own challenges. His daughter, Chloe, has a rare and serious genetic condition. His wife, Rachel, becomes friendly with a young researcher, Kate Flanagan, who is seeking a cure for Chloe's disorder; Kate, in turn, becomes concerned that her lab colleagues may be cutting corners on the obesity drug.

As evidence of mishandling mounts--then disappears--Kate, Rachel, and David find themselves caught up in acute ethical challenges and personal danger. Is biotechnology outstripping our capacity to make ethical decisions?

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  1. Miriam Smith
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Excellent thriller I loved!
    November 16, 2017
    Miriam Smith
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I haven't read many dedicated medical thrillers - the main one being Tim Adler's 'Slow Bleed' - and since this isn't a genre I would normally read I wasn't sure what to expect.

    However, I was more than pleasantly surprised when I started reading "Deep Water" as I was immediately hooked by the compelling storyline and especially the opening prologue of a clinical trial going disastrously wrong.

    I liked all of the great and very believable characters in the story, they were all so natural in their narrative and I thought little Chloe was delightful considering all she had to endure with blood transfusions etc at such a young age. The main protagonist - clinical researcher Katie Flanagan - was excellently portrayed and I'd love now to read her next adventure in the second book 'Cold, Cold Heart'.

    The author, Christine Poulson has obviously carried out extensive research on clinical trials, lab work, scientific research and the legalities of patenting cures. What she hasn't done is overload the book with terminology that baffles the reader and has kept it to a basic level whilst still informing us about the scientific details of the plot.

    I learned a lot about how there's a race between medical competitors to patent cures for diseases and produce medicine etc and really found this interesting. Chloe's blood diesease Diamond-Blackfan Anaemia was new to me and I found it sad what she had to endure just to stay alive. The moral dilemma over embryo selection was an interesting discussion to read between Katie and Chloe's mother Rachel. Also, the frustrations during scientific research must be very disheartening and it's good to see how dedicated researchers are at continually working at creating a cure despite the constant setbacks.

    This is a cracking and intelligent thriller that I would love to see being made into a movie. I'm very surprised at some of the ambivalent reviews it's had as I thoroughly enjoyed it and wouldn't hesitate to recommend. It's entertaining, intriguing, original and with a fast paced climatic end it has everything a thriller should have to keep you reading way past your bedtime.

    A brilliant 5 stars for a book I'd happily read again.
  2. bookwomanjoan
    Oak Harbor, WA
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: Female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    British mystery with little suspense
    February 14, 2017
    bookwomanjoan
    Oak Harbor, WA
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    This is a British mystery of rather low intensity and suspense. The plot revolves around the discovery of a drug to treat obesity. Another company is challenging the discovery, saying they developed it first. David, a patent lawyer, is asked to defend the biotech company's claim. Adding to the plot is that David and his wife have a daughter with a blood disease and the biotech company is developing a possible cure. A mystery develops when events go wrong in the biotech lab and one of the lab journals documenting a critical time in the obesity drug development is gone missing.

    This novel is a combination of reading about research lab work and the many relationships of the characters. David and his wife have issues. Many of those working in the lab have issues too. We are also made aware of the many ethical issues involved in developing a drug. When should it be tested on humans? How easy is it to falsify results, making the tests look more productive than they really are?

    I recommend this novel to those who like to read a novel of little suspense that deals with current research issues in developing new drugs. You will get to know how research labs work, how experiments are monitored, and the pressure put on the lab technicians to produce. There are plenty of red herrings included and I was a little surprised that there was not more suspense.

    I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. My comments are an independent and honest review.
  3. Vera
    North Carolina
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    A literary swim in the pool of drug research
    February 13, 2017
    Vera
    North Carolina
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 3
    The world of pharmaceutical cures for disease is populated with brilliant people driven to successfully create Nobel Prize winning cures yet amid their world of glass beakers is the conscience shattering lure of the prize. We find that these driven people are still individuals with the hopes, loves, and desires of ordinary men and women.

    In a story that takes the reader into the meticulous research lab and the daily detailed work of trial and error that is involved in research, the author shows the loving family side of characters. Little Chloe with her genetic code that requires daily treatments just to stay alive is a charmer that Katie can't help but fall in love with. Chloe's parents are successful in their own professional endeavors - Rachel a wood working artist and David a patent lawyer. But as David's past pushes open the door to involvement in a case in which his recently deceased ex-wife was lead counsel, a complication of emotions inserts itself into his life and that of his second wife, Rachel.

    The moral and ethical issues as well as the criminal activities of life and death show the potential that big pharmacy could potentially drown themselves in as they pursue the high goal of being first to develop a cure. A prize of recognition but mostly a prize of the mighty financial lure.

    Breadcrumbs of evidence are sprinkled throughout but only the most astute can actually predict the ending in this whodunit.

    DISCLOSURE: I was provided a complimentary copy by Kregel Publishing on behalf of Lion Hudson to facilitate a review. Opinions are my own. I was not compensated.
  4. MaureenT
    Syracuse NY
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    It Could Happen
    February 13, 2017
    MaureenT
    Syracuse NY
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    A book that will make you think, and it could possibly happen, and probably has, the falsifying of results in the lab to push drugs through.

    The premise of a drug that will fight obesity, and what a wonderful drug that would be, no more dieting and exercise, not quite, but sure would be the magic pill, that is until someone dies. We are following a young lab technician and her quest to find a drug to help children born with rare genetic illness, and then we are in the lab with the people who are working on the obesity drug.

    While greed and prestige does play a big part in this book, there is also the human story of a young little girl afflicted with a very rare illness, and our hope for answers. Then glimpses of hope, but at what cost, another little ones entire life and happiness, these decisions have to be made, and we hope for the best, especially as we put faces to these people.

    This book will have you page turning from the first to the very last, and we feel like we are walking in their shoes.

    I received this book through Kregel Publishing, and was not required to give a positive review.
  5. lcjohnson1988
    Indiana
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    liked the story
    February 12, 2017
    lcjohnson1988
    Indiana
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    The author has written four other novels prior to her latest book though I havent read them. Deep Water takes place in the United Kingdom and therefore it might take readers a moment to understand the American equivalent. The story is one of suspense that crosses the scope of science, law, and ethics. There isnt a strong theme of faith though it is implied by the actions of one character in particular, which I will let readers discover themselves.

    It took me a little bit to get involved in the story as some of what was happening in the science community was beyond my purview. However, as I continued to read more, the tension increased in many ways between characters, the science community and one family in particular. There wasnt a whole lot of action or adventure in the book, which I think would have brought more enjoyment.

    Just so readers know there a few uses of foul language early in the novel and vague references to relations though in a martial framework. In the tale, there is no mention of any body parts or crude descriptions in any way. I liked the plot line of coming up with a drug to fight obesity and the race for a patent as seen through more than one nations laws.

    I thought some of the science got confusing as at times it sounded like more than one race for a cure was going on and later I learned that it was in fact happening. So readers need to know it isnt about a cure for one cure and the race that ensues along with the danger of sabotage in the lab more than once. I read the book in one sitting which did help me to follow the story to its conclusion though I am one who had hoped for a different ending. Either way its a good novel that I think many will enjoy with the tension and happenings, especially in the scientific community.
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