In some less-than-fabulous situations it can be rather hard to try find anything positive, but I try anyway. A few weeks ago a mistake from an unexperienced hairdresser meant I had to return to the salon for a second 3-hour stint so the owner could (hopefully) correct their error as much as possible. Instead of focussing on the hair disaster I decided to stay upbeat, soak up the ‘bonus’ hours of quiet at the hairdresser the week after and settle into the chair with this exciting new Affirm Press read:
Like many other thrillers Eight Lives (RRP $32.99) starts with a death. In this case a dedicated and promising young doctor named David Tran is the unlucky one and you might think this book is just another search for a mysterious murderer. Think again…
Eight Lives combines suspense with science, you slowly get a (novice) understanding of the project David was working on and how his research ultimately led to his death. Don’t be scared by medical terms like mAbs, antibodies, a cytosine storm, hybridoma, immunology and other insider lingo, author Susan Hurley expertly talks you through it all and before you know it this medical thriller has you on the edge of your seat.
We delve deeper into David’s death, as seen through the eyes of five main characters. We discover how David, a former refugee, found his way to Australia and became a doctor in search of a life changing drug. We meet his assistant Rosa who watches his discovery take shape and knows all the fine details, his childhood friend and fellow doctor Miles who is forever in debt of David, his sister Ly who sees the little Vietnamese boy and loyal brother as well as the smart Australian doctor and Foxy, the man who looks after the rich and who is to help limit the PR damage David Tran’s death will cause. Each of the five characters plays a different role in Tran’s life, death and discovery and as the chapters continue the pieces of this complex puzzle are slowly falling into place…
I admit that initially I was a little overwhelmed by the scientific angle of this book, but I read on and loved how the suspense grew and simply had to know what happened! Every chapter you think that maybe you understand but the end still took me by surprise. Eight Lives is a fantastic thriller that was hard to put down.
To find out more about Affirm Press, to take a closer look at ‘Eight Lives’ by Susan Hurley and to order a copy online visit www.affirmpress.com.au.
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