Thursday, June 26, 2014

Life Sentences by Alice Blanchard

Life Sentences
by Alice Blanchard

Daisy Hubbard takes a leave of absence from her job as a research scientist in Boston to look for her sister, Anna. Anna is schizophrenic and has gone off her meds. Daisy flies to California and works with LAPD detective Jack Makowski to find her. The plot of Life Sentences is complicated. It starts out as a medical thriller about rare genetic diseases. Then the book pokes into the family secrets that not only bind Daisy, Anna and their mother but also alienate them from each other. We also learn about Makowski's motivation. He's a tenacious cop whose fatal flaw is that he likes to save "damsels in distress". This strong urge causes him to make bad decisions that put his life and career in jepordy. The book has lively dialogue and moves along at a brisk pace. But it is hard to believe that a police officer would do what Jack does. -- recommended by Donna G. - Virtual Services Department [ See Donna's Reviewer Profile ]

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