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Life Support (Alexi Lindale #1)

4.14 of 5 stars 4.14  ·  rating details  ·  1,399 ratings  ·  67 reviews
Alexia Lindale knows her new case is a matter of life and death. She doesn't have a clue what it will do to her heart...and soul.

From the Christy-award-winning author of The List, The Trial, and The Sacrifice comes this twisting tale of tough decisions, mixed motives, and mysterious, healing grace.

Baxter Richardson survived a fall from a cliff while hiding in the mountains
Paperback, 400 pages
Published July 17th 2003 by Thomas Nelson (first published June 1st 2003)
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Jenny (Reading Envy)
This review has the possibility of turning into a rant about a genre rather than focusing on the book, but I'll try to keep that in check.

I haven't read any inspirational (read "inspirational" as "Christian fiction") since leaving home 24 years ago, but my Mom has long been a Christian bookseller as a side business. When I visited her during her cancer treatment she had collected all the books by this author for me to read because he graduated from the institution where I work. I had to read a f
Ever since John Grisham wrote "The Firm" and it became a run-away bestseller, legal thrillers have become a dime a dozen. Lots of book publishers have sought to cash in on the trend toward the public's interest and the legal thriller has almost become its own genre-so much so that I fully expect it to get its own section in the bookstore someday. So, it probably shouldn't come as too great a shock that there would, eventually, be a subset of the Christian publishing genre for a legal thriller.

D.I. Telbat
A wealthy, young businessman falls off a waterfall! This first chapter sets the stage for this suspenseful and sometimes disturbing novel about a young attorney trapped between greedy relatives and her own desire to do God's will. The plot, focused around a comatose patient, took multiple paths, and various points of view kept me anticipating the next chapter.

Whitlow, a native of the Carolinas, painted landscapes for the mind to give me the fullest view of the surroundings. I feel like I know th
Melysah Bunting
I got to read Life Support (Alexi Lindale #1) by Robert Whitlow courtesy of BookSneeze. It's a novel about a lawyer who deals with work, spiritual and other matters. Alexia Lindale is a lawyer who specializes in divorce. She prides herself in connecting with women. Little does she know that her latest client is trying to take advantage of her.

Baxter Richardson finds himself in critical circumstances. He is on life support. Rena Richardson, his wife, and his father, Eza, are at odds. Baxter sign
Robert Whitlow does it again... Real page turner & I am looking forward to the sequel. Alex, a main character goes on a believable faith journey as she learns to wait on The Lord, listen to HIM, & know beyond a shadow of a doubt that God is an Ever Present Help in times of need!
What a powerful story! The premise is a struggle between a woman and her father-in-law concerning the termination of her comatose husband's life support. The legal issue is determining the "right" course of action when doctors and families don't agree among themselves. This conflict is intensified for the reader because we know from the first chapter that the wife deliberately pushed her husband over the cliff with intent to murder him and that the father-in-law is using his power of attorney to ...more
I was excited to read Life Support by Robert Whitlow because somehow I got the impression that it was set in North Carolina, somewhere near where I live. Even after I found it was set in South Carolina mostly, I still enjoyed some of the scenery described because it still sounded like some of the hikes I take here in North Carolina.

Life Support is the first book in the Santee series. We are introduced to Rena Richardson and barely to her husband Baxter as she tries to kill him first thing in th
This book, Life Support, has all the tentacles of the Terri Sciavo case, only with differing medical conditions.

The emotional upheavals and shenanigans of Baxter Richardson’s father, Ezra; the inexplicable behaviors and comments of Baxter’s wife, Rena; the calculating and mysterious behaviors of Baxter’s brother, Jeffrey; the perplexing position of attorney Alexia Lindale working to remove Baxter’s life support, mixed with the romantic tension between Alexia and Ted Morgan, all take you for the
A legal thriller, I instinctively put this book up against John Grisham, and no matter how repetitive Grisham's novels have become, I can't deny that this author simply knows how to weave a masterful story.

In terms of storytelling, Life Support isn't very gripping. The first chapter opens with the crime being committed. It felt a tad too hysterical, emotions and thoughts thrown in haphazardly, everything heightened to the point where you just can't take it seriously anymore.

The main character, d
Margaret Metz
There are all sorts of questions. You wonder who really has the best interests of Baxter at heart, if he's a good person, and does that matter in the end. One of the biggest questions many readers may grapple with (if they haven't already) is how they feel about the question of extended life support and when or if it should be stopped.

Robert Whitlow examines all of this in the context of one case and one group of people who all seem to have questionable motives. The lawyer at the heart of it al
The book for review is ” Life Support” by Robert Whitlow.

I wish I could give this book more than 5 stars. I simply loved this book-read it in one day.

The author hooked us from the start. The story is about a lawyer, Alexia Lindale, who is defending a young woman who is guilty of killing her husband. However, Lindale does now have that knowledge, the audience however does. The book is a page turner. One keeps expecting the cat to be let out of the bag. The book flowed well and the depth of the ch
Karie Hall

Good read mainly because God will use people & situations to bring non believers and also help them find their way back to the right path. This proves the saying God works in mysterious ways.

This book has an exciting storyline, and deals with many controversial issues such as removal of life support and mental instability. A young lawyer is one of the main characters, but it is almost more of a medical story than a legal one. I can't wait to read the sequel, "Life Everlasting" to discover wh
Really enjoyed this book. This is the 2nd Winslow book that I have read and I have enjoyed them book greatly. I felt that both the legal and medical aspects of this book were well written with not too much boring detail but just the right amount so you understand but are not overwhelmed. I like the fact that Whitlow does not write the Christians in this book as perfect but real humans that have struggles and doubts like everyone. The metaphors that Winslow uses between life support, music and th ...more
I thought this was going to be a realistic legal thriller with a level of suspense building as I read the book. But it seemed like I was reading a soap opera---it was drawn out and the not that believable.
You know from the very beginning of the book that Rena Richardson pushes her husband Baxter off a cliff. That fact seems to be lost as you continue in the story. I kept wanting to know more about why she did it. Of course as I read this book I didn't realize it was part 1 and that another book followed. Only in the last pages of the book did I begin to have a real interest in what would happen next. Most of the story centers around her lawyer, Alex Lindale, but even her story is slow and I kept ...more
I liked this book. The story line is unpredictable, there is no language and a hint of a religious aspect. Please note that story ends abruptly and you HAVE to read the next book!!
Elishya (lace)
The first of a two book series that takes you on the journey of finding faith as a newlywed wife tries to kill her husband at a waterfall. She assumes he's dead, but she could never be more wrong as he is left in a coma and she is forced to care for him and wait through an investigation. Covering her tracks becomes difficult and trying to hide his insurance money becomes a motive. As the reader sees all this happening, they begin to understand WHY the newlywed wife does as she does and her claim ...more
So, let me just say starting this book it pulls you right in It’s a nice scene with Rena and Baxter until you realize Rena is a little crazy. Then of course you have Alex, The lawyer and Ezra, Baxters dad. So, Basically alot of the first part of the book is between Ezra and Rena. In which Rena wants to turn off Baxters life support and Ezra does not. I dont want to give too much away. But, the story is good, The characters are likable, and it flows well. This is also the first book in a series. ...more
Interesting and compelling story. Exploring the realm of healing through music and worship was interesting, though it left me wondering if the author has had personal experience with this or is just hypothesizing. The deception of a person who has justified their actions to such an extent was another thread of human nature woven through the book. Though a little unbelievable in all the twists and turns, it was worth the suspension of disbelief and good to focus on the impossible become possible. ...more
S.m. Dean
Suspense and justice -gotta love it!
Clara Roberts
I listened to this book on CD. It was an almost unbelievable legal thriller. The story is told from the point of view of a young single woman's attorney and the unstable young woman who tried to kill her wealthy husband so she will live comfortably for the rest of her life. A music minister, a devious and criminal father-in-law, and his lawyer who is a co-conspirator in crime are the other major characters. The major issue is whether the comatose man should be removed from life-support.
Absolutely one of my favorite authors
This book has an exciting storyline, and deals with many controversial issues such as removal of life support and mental instability. A young lawyer is one of the main characters, but it is almost more of a medical story than a legal one. I can't wait to read the sequel, "Life Everlasting" to discover what happens next!
Mar 22, 2009 Lee rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone who enjoys law and religion mixes
Recommended to Lee by: my daughter, Becky
Robert Whitlow is definitely an entertaining author. I enjoy books based in law and he adds a religious undertone which only adds to the enjoyment. He was recommended by my daughter and if there were more available in our library I would read more but alas they only have three. I have read all three and truly enjoyed them.
Candace Lazzaro
I enjoy Robert Whitlow's book. His books are defiantly Christian but I think a non-Christian would enjoy them to. They are certainly edge-of-your-seat type books. I couldn't wait to read book 2 of this series, of which I am on the last twenty pages of at this time.
Nancy Anderson
Bride tries to murder her hubby by pushing him off a cliff! He lives but barely.
Will she succeed in finishing him off?
Ted Morgan, music pastor & classic piano player is very interesting character. Music therapy....
Coastlands of SC, Alexia, 32y divorce lawyer & her black lab: Boris, cat:Misha.
Keiki Hendrix
Absolutely Beautiful. I loved this book. Living in the area of the country that the story is told made the location comments much more meaningful.

Characters were well written, storylines tight, a page turner and a five stars thumbs up.

I would recommend this book at the top of my list.
I just finished this book tonight and ran to my library to see if there was a third book to the series. It had all kinds of twists and turns throughout the 2 novels that I didn't want to put them down. Whitlow is like the Christian "Gresham" and I always enjoys his novels.

I was drawn in with the first chapter and then wanted to continue because I was so curious as to how this was a christian book! Finally got to the end and couldnt believe that was how it ended....I forgot there was a second one! I will be reading that one soon!
Sonia Crooks
Awesome just love Robert's books that mix our broken world mixed with life just happening, and evil being real but also bringing the spiritual factors of God's love and His Holy Spirit and healing and redemption into his books. I learned a lot about the law lol.
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Robert Whitlow is the best-selling author of legal novels set in the South and winner of the prestigious Christy Award for Contemporary Fiction. A Furman University graduate, Whitlow received his J.D. with honors from the University of Georgia School of Law where he served on the staff of the Georgia Law Review. A practicing attorney, Whitlow and his wife, Kathy, have four children. They make thei ...more
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