Epidemiologist Marissa Blumenthal, seen before in Outbreak , now has a successful pediatrics practice near Boston and an affluent health-care-entrepreneur husband. But her inability to become pregnant threatens both her marriage and her career. After unsuccessful visits to a local fertility clinic, she discovers a suprising and suspicious link between her medical records and those of an inordinate number of the clinic's clients. Traveling to Australia to learn more about a worldwide in vitro fertilization organization, Marissa and her friend Wendy are trailed, and a tragedy occurs. Marissa, now accompanied by the physician whose work she had come to Australia to investigate, goes to Hong Kong and eventually China--fleeing murderous assailants every step of the way--before a billion-dollar international scam is revealed. As always, Cook enlivens predictable action and shallow characterization with medical expertise and timely subject matter.
I found the book somewhat boring and predictable, but then again, I've read nearly all of Cook's novels, and after awhile, they all start sounding the same. I also didn't like the ending that much; I felt like the author built up so much tension and drama, only to let readers down with a lame ending. Overall, though, I did enjoy most of the book (especially the beginning chapters), and it was able to keep my interest enough for me to finish it in a week or so. If you've enjoyed Cook's other medical mysteries, then you might as well read this one.
The shocking story of fertilization, the passion to create life and the power to destroy it. Dr. Marissa Blumenthal's dream of becoming pregnant has turned into an obsession. A successful pediatrician, she will try any scientific method available to conceive. Until the horrible secrets of an urban clinic erupt in a nightmare of staggering proportions.
Dr. Marissa Blumenthal's dream of becoming pregnant has turned into an obsession. A successful pediatrician, she will try any scientific method available to conceive. Until the horrible secrets of an urban clinic erupt in a nightmare of staggering proportions.