When readers first pick up a medical thriller, it's hard to know whether you're getting a gory tale about the details of sickness and death, or a story driven more by the characters involved in the tragedy. I have never been a fan of gory, so I was pleased to see that Coming Flu focused more on the people trapped inside La Bendita than on the gritty details of the sickness and the deaths it caused.
Now, that's not to say there wasn't any scientific discussion, because you'll definitely learn more about viruses and protocols, but it was the effect of watching people die and being able to do nothing to stop it that really draws readers attention. Greger showed how the residents were affected, but also the toll it took on the medical staff and police involved as well. The characters' emotions round out this story.
Coming Flu is available from Oak Tree Press and Amazon.
You can find out more about JL Greger and her writing on her website.
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The Edible Bookshelf is a place to share thoughts about the books you're reading, good or bad. I love to read, but I don't want to keep good books to myself. Not to mention, I don't want anyone else to have to suffer through a terrible book. Nobody wants that! I read fast, and I read a lot (although lately much of my reading is teeth related). Plus I write, which means I might be a little more critical than other readers, but I also read books for enjoyment. I don't like books with holes in the plot, story lines only put in purely for shock value, or token characters thrown in to appease critics. What I do like are books that have realistic characters that make me care about them and stories that pull me in to the point that I can't put them down. So here's a place to find out what at least one avid reader/writer thinks about the books you've been hearing about. I'll give you my honest opinion, take it or leave it. And if you have a book you've read, or one you want me to read, pass it along. Happy reading everyone!