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The Procedure by [Belle, Margaret]
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  • Print Length: 224 pages
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008QGJ1K0
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I downloaded this a freebie and really enjoyed it. Melanie and her twin sister were IVF babies conceived at an IVF clinic run by doctor Neumann.When Melanie wants to start a family of her own she also has IVF there and gives birth to a little boy.
Several years later when Melanie is having a check up Doctor Neumann reveals he is looking for a temporary receptionist and feeling like she owes him she offers to take the position. Once there she suspects something is wrong. Why can't she find the files on herself, her sister and her son? What is the secret that Doctor Neumann is hiding in building number 10 and why is no one allowed to go in there?
The closer Melanie gets to the truth the more danger she finds herself in.
I found this an enjoyable read although at times I did feel like screaming at Melanie to leave things alone as I felt the lengths she went to find out the truth went a little too far sometimes.
I look foward to reading more of Margaret's work in the future.
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I bought this book from Amazon.co.uk, the cover and blurb attracted me. Looking at the cover I obviously thought the book was about someone who was pregnant and I wanted to know what the "procedure" was.
Wow the "procedure" was sinister, strange, futuristic....words cannot describe!
I need to be careful as I really don't want to give any spoilers or even clues away. I want you to read the book and be shocked, surprised and on the edge of your seat in the way I was when reading this brilliant book. Margaret Belle writes this book so well, as things are revealed you think back to prior chapters and realise there were little clues pointing you in the right direction all the time. You make the mysterious and sinister discoveries along with the main character Melanie.
Melanie innocently offers to help out at a fertility treatment clinic when the Doctor there tells her they are short staffed. Due to the treatment at the clinic she has her wonderful son Eric, so she feels it only right that she volunteers to cover for the receptionist that will be away. Naturally Melanie is curious about such a renowned clinic. Melanie also feels a little uneasy about her last appointment, so she does exactly what the majority of us would do given the opportunity, she searches for her file to check it out for herself. When she can't find her file, she looks for her twin sister Maddy's file, which also seems to be missing. Melanie then searches for Eric's file, which is also missing.....with her interest piqued Melanie's search takes her deeper and deeper into files and computer data bases. Melanie finds her access is restricted, so she has to find ways around the system....and can hardly believe what she actually finds.....
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Melanie Allen has an ancestry she knows nothing about, neither does her identical twin sister Maddy. She knows they were IVF babies conceived at Dr Reed Neumann's infertility clinic, and that their parents are now dead, killed in a car accident.

The twins are apparently sterile, so when Melanie wanted a baby, feeling that the time was right, she went back to see her regular OBGYN, Dr Neumann for treatment. After the birth of Eric, her son, Melanie goes back for regular checkups, and on one of these, Dr Neumann tells her he needs someone to replace his receptionist for a week, and asks if she knows anyone.

Melanie sets a catastrophic train of events in motion when she offers herself and Dr Neumann agrees. It's in her search for information about her and Maddy's birth, and that of her son, that her suspicions are aroused and she determines to dig until she finds out what is behind the mysterious clinic.

Dr Neumann is helped at the clinic by three men: his computer nerd son Philip, maintenance guy Robert who is all brawn and no brain, and John who is head of security. These men, who come to play a key part in Melanie's time at the clinic, are also unaware as to their origins.

The reader is gradually made aware that a prehistoric family killed in an ice-storm and much later uncovered by hikers, Dr Neumann and 2 colleagues are part of the mystery, especially as Melanie has disconcerting visions of them at key moments.

The threads do come together, and after being kept in suspense (though with our suspicions), Melanie's reckless risk-taking is rewarded with answers.

It's in fact only by understanding who she is, finally, that the reader understands why she behaves as she does.
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Downloaded this for free from Amazon with no great expectations. Loved the book and read it almost in a single sitting. At one stage, I thought that the author perhaps had too many balls in the air at once and that they would all come crashing down in a disappointing fashion. It didn't happen as she handled the plot very well and kept the tension until the end. My only complaint is that there isn't another Margaret Belle book to download at the moment!
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I downloaded this book for free, so part of me feels a bit guilty at leaving a negative review. On the other hand, I see it is now on sale at a non-bargain price, so here goes....

If I had to sum up this book in one word, I think I would choose "ridiculous" or maybe "ludicrous", or maybe just plain "silly". It most definitely requires the reader to suspend any sort of disbelief in order to get through the novel

I don't want to give too much of the plot away, just in case you decide to read the book. But in a nutshell, we are supposed to believe that (a) IVF / test tube baby technology was secretly invented and being used by a dodgy doctor in the States nearly a decade before it was officially launched in the UK in 1978 (b) that a succession of women were recipients of this technology and the news didn't leak out and (c) that said evil genius of a doctor then thought it would be a great idea to invite one of the most annoying heroines I've ever encountered to work in his office and then be surprised when she starts snooping around trying to uncover his secrets

Suffice to say that the book is pretty much scene after scene of 'I was really scared / knew this was dangerous / knew the only sensible thing was to run away....But what the heck, I'll just put myself in danger time after time after time". Believe me, this gets very tedious very quickly!

The sad thing is that the premise of the book is mildly interesting (though not particularly original), but any potential has been well and truly spoiled by such a silly narrative and unbelievable characters

If you can pick this up for free, you might want to give it a go. Otherwise.... You have been warned!
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