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Monday, August 17, 2009

Life Support by Robert Whitlow

I really don't understand why an author had never crafted a plot so interesting as Life Support. I really don't understand why Robert Whitlow has never gotten this original. Life Support is a relief after his first three mediocre books.
When a Baxter Richardson falls over a cliff while hiking with his wife Rena, he is put in Intensive Care on life support. Rena does not want him to stay alive because he knows her secrets. However, the Baxter's father wants him to stay alive for his own purposes. Both have power of attorney, so it's up to the courts to decide the verdict. Alexia, a lawyer with a struggling personal life, takes Rena's side in the case because Rena hides her secrets from her.
The characters are good, but they still have room for improvement. Though the book is long, it is not long-winded. The plot flows well. The main problems I have with it are the seemingly unnecessary romantic subplot (though it is original, surprisingly) and Whitlow's need for a sequel. Why does it need a sequel? The end itself is very original and not expected by the reader. I know there is a sequel to this book, and I'm afraid it will ruin it all for us.
But in itself, Life Support is an Elite novel.
4 stars

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