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VINE VOICEon 23 October 2002
I awaited this book with eager anticipation after reading rave reviews on Amazon.com. However, I was extremely disappointed. The basic premise of this story is good and in the hands of an expert writer it could have been turned into an excellent novel. Unfortunately this was not the case. The story begins with the death of a renowned fertility expert under mysterious circumstances. His widow, Marnie, is compelled to investigate and accompanied by saintly Christian doctor Ben she discovers that her husband was involved in research of a dubious ethical nature.
The characters in the book are one dimensional and poorly developed. Their reactions to events in the book are stereotypical and predictable, for example the growing relationship between Marnie and Ben. Ben as a character seems just a little too perfect to be real, and an entire subplot concerning a trip to Russia seems to have been included solely for the purpose of showing what a great guy he is, rather than advancing the plot. The authors make little attempt to set the scene or create any atmosphere and keep descriptions of places and appearences to a bare minimum. This made it difficult to get into the book and feel as though you were part of the action. The plotting was a little contrived in places and the ends were tied up in an oh-so-neat and predictable fashion.
This book took a great idea and then spoiled it by presenting it a badly written, amateurish manner. I can only conclude that the people who have rated this book so highly were so pleased to see a 'Christian' medical thriller that they decided to overlook it's obvious shortfalls. For medical thriller fans who like fast moving, exciting plots I would recommend instead Tess Gerritsen or Michael Palmer, and those who like to really identify with the lives of the characters should also read Gwen Hunter or Leah Ruth Robinson. Sadly, I would not recommend Lethal Harvest to anyone and I will not be bothering to read the sequel.
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