A collegiate athlete is crippled in a motorcycle crash leaving him paralized from the neck down. His salvation comes from an unexpected source. A capuchin monkey,Ella. The experimental world of medical research gives this book its flavor. One of his collegues at oxford college in the animal research lab has found a way to increase primate intelligence. Perhaps Ella can become the cripple's arms and legs. What they don't forsee is that Ella's induced modifications will enable her to form a link with his soul. As they begin to trust each other and become dependant . The experiment becomes dark and dangerous as the boundaries between human and animal behavior are crossed. A series of violent events lead up to a horrible ending.
This has to be best medical thriller I have had the pleasure of reading.
The best medical thriller in years!, August 17, 2003
By "j_remus" (Santa Monica, CA USA) - See all my reviews
This is a keep-you-up at night suspensful and haunting thriller! Monkey Shines tells the story of a friendship between a man and a monkey that turns from an affectionate, even loving companionship into a terrifying dependency after Allan, the protagonaist and a promising Oxford law student, is paralyzed in a tragic accident. Ella, a lab monkey who is involved in experiments to increase her intelligence and ability to learn, become his caretaker. From this point, the relationship between man and monkey mingles into something dark and unnatural. This is a wonderful story in the true tradition of Stephen King and other thriller writers!