Suspenseful, chilling, and grotesque, this slim novel chronicles a serial killer working in a hospital as a nurse anesthetist. The perpetrator is creeSuspenseful, chilling, and grotesque, this slim novel chronicles a serial killer working in a hospital as a nurse anesthetist. The perpetrator is creepy and perverse, and Stevens writes without pretense or euphemism (meaning this is not the story for the easily-offended). Stevens's portayal of the inner workings of the OR is spot-on.
A few things were lacking, however. Like the story's climax. It goes directly from build-up to epilogue; if I had read this book in hard copy instead of Kindle, I would have sworn a chapter was missing. The epilogue does tie things up neatly, but I was disappointed not to find out how the final moments went down. We only get to hear about it in hindsight.
Finally, this book suffers from the curse of self-published works: the copyediting is horrible (nonexistent?) and extremely distracting to this reader. Misspellings, grammatical errors, typos, and malapropisms abound. (The expression is gut-wrenching, not gut-retching, Ms. Stevens.) I would have rated it three stars but for its tremendous technical flaws. Kaki pants indeed. ...more
A young woman in an evening gown stows away on an oceanliner from Antwerp to New York in 1904. By virtue of her arresting beauty, she is given a stateA young woman in an evening gown stows away on an oceanliner from Antwerp to New York in 1904. By virtue of her arresting beauty, she is given a stateroom in first class with the understanding that she will answer for her crime upon arrival at Ellis Island. Her fellow passengers begin to unravel the mystery of her sudden unticketed appearance in their midst. More than one traveler falls in love with her.
This story is purportedly based on a real life newspaper article that appeared in the New York Times in August 1904 about a beautiful stowaway crossing the Atlantic in evening attire. From that article Binkert extrapolated this story, what she refers to in the postscript as her "fantasy". I wanted to like this story more than I did. The premise is intruiging, but the execution is little more than a Harlequin romance.
Side note: I listened to the audio version of this book. The narrator, Mel Foster, struggled with the various accents the presentation required: German, French, Flemish, Russian, British, and American. He had trouble switching from one to another and completely butchered the British accents - every last one of them was Cockney, even the first class aristocratic passengers. His German accent was Hogan's Heroes farcical. Skip the audio version and try it in print instead. ...more
A solid, well-conceived legal thriller. Sixteen-year-old Hannah is on trial for setting the house fire that killed her stepgrandfather, a popular appeA solid, well-conceived legal thriller. Sixteen-year-old Hannah is on trial for setting the house fire that killed her stepgrandfather, a popular appeals court justice. She is defended by Josie Baylor-Bates, a youngish attorney with more guts and tenacity than common sense. Though Ms. Forster took great liberties with the rules of evidence and procedure (though so does Hollywood, so how critical can one really be?), this is nonetheless an enjoyable read. I'm eager to read the next book in the series, Silent Witness....more