Monday, 15 December 2014

Book Review -- An Impossible Dilemma by Netta Newbound

An Impossible DilemmaAn Impossible Dilemma by Netta Newbound
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was provided with a digital copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Whoa! That's how I felt after I finished reading "An Impossible Dilema" - the powerful novel from Newbound that brings forth a multitude of emotions within the reader. The story goes around Victoria and Jonathan Lyons, a vet couple settled in a seemingly successful marriage and life. Disaster strikes when they learn that their much-adored 5-yr-old is down with a terminal illness. The legal route of medicine and donor transplant fail them. To add to her woes, Jonathan's untimely and cruel death leaves Victoria all alone, picking up the broken pieces of what was once a happy family. With only an ailing father-in-law to her aid, Victoria decides to take law and the science into her own hands. Does she succeed at saving her daughter, or does she succumb to the evils of life, is what the book takes us through.

At the outset, I need to warn that the book is way too strong for a casual read. If you're someone who abhors reading about rape and sexual violence, or if reading about medical and scientific details of death and the body can make you squirm, I suggest you stay away from this book. That said, the author's brilliance in handling a very complicated plot is commendable. Although there are many interwoven layers of emotional stress, family drama, scientific battles and legal righteousness, the plot doesn't steer away from the central line - where does a mother stop when it's a question of saving her child? Nowhere! With the numerous suspense twists and turns, there is not much scope left in the plot to present a detailed sketch of the characterisation of Victoria, but whatever little scope there was, the author has made use of it well.

With a nail-biting storyline, the book is an excellent emotional thriller! Newbound shows a lot of promise in her debut novel and I'm looking forward to reading a lot more of her work.

I highly recommend this book to strong-hearted thriller lovers.

My rating for this book: 4 stars

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