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The Cadaver's Ball

3.67  ·  Rating Details  ·  40 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
There are times when a trusted “friend” is so filled with hatred that he will do anything possible to ruin the other. Ed, Peter, and Beth had been friends through medical school. At the Cadaver’s Ball, the somewhat ghoulish-named celebration that is the closest thing to a senior prom the hardworking medical students have, Ed confidently presents Beth with an engagement rin ...more
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published October 1st 2005 by Minotaur Books (first published 2005)
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Shannon 3k
Dec 09, 2014 Shannon 3k rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Starts well, but gets bogged down by too many characters and too many points of view. The protagonist is a dolt, and the villain, for all his alleged genius, is singularly inefficient. Additionally, the plot is quite absurd.
Creates a tense atmosphere. The sympathetic character being framed by his scheming friend. This is a hard plot line to enjoy. Once past that initial reluctance to witness the good guy being manipulated for vengeance, the story was well paced and easy to stick with. It wasn't apparent from the story that the author had any particularly expert insights into the characters' motivations, actions or responses. Perhaps that is an unreasonable expectation created by jacket notes touting his professiona ...more
Debbie Landry
Feb 09, 2015 Debbie Landry rated it really liked it
I found this book grabbed me in with the characters and their woven dependency on each other. It was certainly a psychological thriller done well. I liked the nuisances of Ed Tyson and Peter Grainger's pasts and presents and how they grappled with their successes and failures. Ed Tyson has a character was cunning. I recommend this one and will look to add more books by author Charles Atkins.
Apr 08, 2009 krin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
This was a very intense thriller which kept my interest throughout. I liked how Peter knew something was wrong and that Ed was somehow involved even if he didn't know exactly what was going on. I also liked the way the point of view switched from third person (Ed) to first person (Peter).
Dec 28, 2013 Joleen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Billed as a "psychological thriller," yeah, not so much. It was actually rather predictable, hoever, despite it's predictability, it did keep my attention (which, these days, is not easy).
Jul 12, 2013 Jen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fun thriller for a week at the beach.
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Charles Atkins
Welcome to my author page. I'm a board-certified psychiatrist, author, and professional speaker.

I write both fiction and non-fiction, including the Barrett Conyors forensic thriller series as well as books on Alzheimer's and Bipolar Disorder. My newest series is set in Connecticut and features two female sleuths, who fall in love with one another. The first--VULTURES AT TWILIGHT (S
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