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Miracle Cure - Harlan Coben
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Miracle Cure - Harlan Coben
Advantages: Twist, easy to read
Disadvantages: characters, diologue
Despite penning this book in his early twenties, it has only recently been published in the UK.
I first came across this book when ASDA had a 3 for £10 offer on paperbacks. I chose this one because I've read a couple of Harlan Coben's books before and quite enjoyed them but also the blurb on the back seemed quite intriuging.
They were looking for a miracle cure....
Sara and Michael. The ideal celebrity couple, darlings of the media-until their lives are shattered by a mystery illness.
Dr Harvey Riker. His clinic has found the miracle cure that millions seek. One by one his patients are getting well. One by one they are targeted by a serial killer more fatal than the disease.
Lieutenant Bernstein. His true desires make him a perfect choice to track the killer- or a perfect victim.
Can anyone stop the killer who will do anything to prevent the world's most desperately needed miracle cure?
Harlan Coben has written an introduction to the book. In it he explains that this was his first ever novel, he himself hadn't read it for twenty years and when he decided to publish it, he didn't change it. He then explains that maybe his immaturity as a writer will be off putting and if this is the first work of his you're reading to put it down and read on of his more recent novels.
Sara is a hard hitting, yet compassionate news reporter, her mother died of cancer, her father is top surgeon and her sister Cassandra seems to have it in for her. They come from a wealthy back ground.
Sara then went on to marry Michael, a top basketball player. His back ground is very different, Michael had a poor upbringing and was abused by his step-father.
The golden couple are best friends with Dr Harvey Riker and Dr Bruce Grey. They run a HIV clinic and after years of work believe they may have found a cure.
In the first chapter of the book Bruce is murdered but his death, at the hands of a hit man named George, is made to look like a suicide.
Patients from the clinic who have been cured then begin getting bumped off in gruesome ways, enter Lieutenant Berbstein (another friend of Sara's) on the hunt for 'the gay slasher'. The case becomes high profile when a senator's son (yet another friend of Sara's) is also murdered and the media begin to jump all over it.
This also coincides with Michael collapsing with a mystery illness and then being diagnosed as HIV positive.
Bernstein with the help of Sara needs to put the pieces of the puzzle together before Michael also becomes a target.
I found this book quite easy to get into, even though a the first chapter I wasn't quite sure what the book was actually all about. There are lots of suspects which kept me guessing but I sometimes found it quite busy, a little too much was going on at one time.
The characters are well written enough but not very likeable. In the novel everybody loves Sara yet I found her a tad annoying. I didn't really see the point in making Bernstein gay, his sexuality didn't add anything to the storyline and although he was written as young and gay, he reminded of Columbo with his questioning style and mannerisms.
The dialogue in the book was quite corny, especially between Sara and Michael, in fact it verges on cheese at come points.
Although some points in the novel are easy to predict I have to hold my hands up, I did not see the twist at the end coming so that was quite satisfying but Coben's immaturity as writer is quite obvious throughout.
I wouldn't read it again but if you do beginning reading this book you will want to carry on. I do think only some people will enjoy it though as it isn't one of the best crime novels ever written. I honestly found it a wee bit melodramatic, it was a bit like reading an American soap opera.
Summary: Like reading a soap opera