2017: Book 83
Title: Under The Knife
Author: Kelly Parsons
Morgan Finney, a biotechnology tycoon, is a shy, highly intelligent but socially awkward and emotionally fragile man. It was his wife, Jenny, with whom he connected and who enabled him to connect with others. When Jenny dies of complications during a surgery led by Dr Rita Wu, Finney's grief turns to rage. He vows to kill Rita just as he believes she killed his wife. But first he will systematically destroy her life.
Aided by a mysterious man named Sebastian, Finney uses advanced medical technology to brainwash Rita. He tricks her into ruining her reputation and brings her to the brink of madness. Alone, fighting for her sanity and her life, Rita reaches out to ex-lover Dr Spencer Cameron. Together they uncover Finney's intentions and race to stop him.
I wanted to like Under The Knife, having found the premise to be rather intriguing. While there have been many revenge-style thrillers written, this one, for me, was the first to use advanced technology to wreak havoc on the victim. However, while the storyline sounds like something I'd usually enjoy, the execution of it fell utterly flat and I actually couldn't wait for this title to be over - and not in a good way. The characters weren't likeable, the storyline was both predictable and unbelievable, and the ending was like one of those bad horror movies where the killer just won't stop "rising from the dead" when any one of the injuries, attacks or assaults inflicted on them should've been enough to finish them off. And don't get me started on the cliched "they all lived happily ever after" final chapter.
I wanted to like this one, I really did. But I have to be honest, there are far better medical thrillers on the market.
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