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The Lazarus Child

3.34  ·  Rating details ·  609 Ratings  ·  62 Reviews
It takes just an instant for a family's life to be changed forever. Now seven-year-old Frankie Heywood lies in a coma. The experts are telling her parents there is no hope. Their son is slipping away emotionally. And the Heywoods--their marriage already strained to the breaking point--are desperate. They have one last chance.

Dr. Elizabeth Chase is a brilliant neurologist w
Paperback, 384 pages
Published December 1st 1999 by Bantam (first published 1988)
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Mar 08, 2017 rated it liked it
Good read! an intriguing medical drama that was filled with twists and enough surprises that will keep many guessing (paperback!)
Peggy Ferrell
Jan 19, 2015 rated it did not like it

This book was difficult for me as I have worked for many years with people with Traumatic Brain Injuries. I put my understanding of how the body works and what progresses the medical field have made aside and tried to take this book as the pure fantasy that it is.

I was enjoying the book and wishing that medical breakthroughs in the field of Traumatic Brain Injury could be obtained as it was written but the author make a sharp change about 60 pages from the end and was a disappointment.

The story
María Paz Greene F
Oct 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Aunque el tema de las enfermedades, sobre todo en niños, siempre es controversial... este libro a mí me gustó mucho. Desafió mi imaginación. Me hizo sentir que el plano de los sueños era más amplio de lo que creímos, lo que quizá es cierto. Hubo una belleza en la historia completa.

El final, eso sí, quizá sea exagerado. No me gustó mucho. Uno siempre quiere que todos sean felices a lo Hollywood, jaja, y en la vida real no ocurre siempre así. O sea, si estamos inventando un mundo de a mentirillas
Apr 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
If you're willing to suspend your disbelief for most of this novel, sit back, relax, and marvel at the wonderful imagination of Mr.Mawson you'll enjoy this book. I found it fascinating, exciting, and a wonderful escape from day to day chores Mr.Mawson takes the reader into the unknown world of the coma victim as various interesting characters attempt to bring an innocent child back to the conscious world. There are plot twists and enough surprises to keep one guessing.

the ending confused me a l
Mar 13, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I first "read" this book in 2000 on my way back from a wedding in Atlanta - I was driving alone and it was my first book on tape. I was mesmerized. I found the book at the Green Valley Book Fair a few years ago and snatched it up. I read it this week and found it to be just as mesmerizing. Some of the sequences with the kids who are in deep comas are a bit disturbing, but the book as a whole just entangles my mind. I think about all the what ifs and the moral choices and the psychology and it is ...more
Lyndsay Byrne
Feb 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
An extremely moving and deep book, it really gave me food for thought, and I really enjoyed the writers perspective, the idea and concept. Very interesting and emotional book.

I see people rating this book low for personal reasons, and although I can fully understand it touching close to home for you, myself included, you should really rate the book for what it is, how it was written, how it made you feel. If it moved you due to personal difficulties in relation to the story, then isn't that a go
Dec 23, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: family, lit-fic
Absolutely riveting! From the very first chapter, the story pulled me right in! The characters really came to life as well and Mawson revealed their histories, flaws and traits in an interesting style that kept me turning the pages well into the night. And while the ending felt a bit rushed and chaotic, with a few too many outside forces pressuring down on them from every side imaginable, it did end well - with a very cinematic flair. I am curious to read his first book now!
May 22, 2010 rated it it was amazing
It was a very intresting book and i enjoyed it a lot. It had a huge pull on me in the begining and kept it going. It slowly lost it's effect in the end, as the ending was dull. It was pacted full of emotions and almost made me cry at points. Overall it was a good book, and i will r
May 05, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
“Sometimes you have to kind of die inside in order to rise from your own ashes and believe in yourself and love yourself to become a new person.”
― Gerard Way

Robert Mawson is a pen name of the author Robert Radcliffe whose historical novels I have largely enjoyed so I was curious as to how he would handle a very different subject matter.

This books weaves two stories together. The first takes the Heywood family through the consequences of a near-fatal accident to their youngest child Frankie whic
Nov 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book tosses family drama and suspense into the mix. Robert Mawson was unrelenting and unsympathetic to readers’ emotions, basically assaulting it with his introduction, which is little Frances (Frankie) Heywood’s accident. The accident happened when Ben Heywood, her brother, was walking her and her friend Isabelle to the school and rushes ahead only a moment too quickly buy himself a treat at a newsagent’s shop. Only a few pages in and we have a horrible accident and a guilt-ridden 12-year- ...more
Benedetta Marinetti
Difficile non perdersi dentro ad un sogno.
Difficile risalire l'oscuro baratro del torpore del coma.
Dispersivo, bello, emblematico, interessante, odioso, irrazionale, sessuale...
Ci sono tanti aggettivi che descrivono questo libro ed i suoi personaggi.
Di certo è una storia bellissima riguardo il legame di due fratelli. E tutto ciò che gira attorno è una scienza medica che cerca di spingersi oltre i confini consentiti dalla legge dell'uomo e dalla legge religiosa, perché non c'è alcuna mano di un d
Nov 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book tosses family drama and suspense into the mix. Robert Mawson was unrelenting and unsympathetic to readers’ emotions, basically assaulting it with his introduction, which is little Frances (Frankie) Heywood’s accident. The accident happened when Ben Heywood, her brother, was walking her and her friend Isabelle to the school and rushes ahead only a moment too quickly buy himself a treat at a newsagent’s shop. Only a few pages in and we have a horrible accident and a guilt-ridden 12-year- ...more
Hieronique Wentink
May 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nl2017
Loved the Spiritual hook Fourth dimensial, bummer it was left unexplained...Read Dutch version
Elise Milkshakes
Jan 18, 2018 rated it liked it
I am not much of a fast reader, this book started out really good in the first few chapters but i struggled to get through the rest it took me a year to finish.
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Sandy Haramut
Feb 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was a very disturbing book,but interesting. The story of a doctor who is treating children that are in deep comas. It makes you wonder, What would I do. Even now I am not sure.
Apr 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
A young boy walking his sister to school runs ahead to a store, and returns in time to see his sister hit by a truck. She lapses into coma, he into a withdrawn state of denial. Months later, having been told the child is hopelessly vegetative, her parents seek the help of an American researcher, Dr. Lizzie Chase, who has developed some unusual procedures for reaching and retrieving children from deep coma. An underlying premise of the story is the unity of consciousness, and the ability of one i ...more
Sue J
Feb 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
A fascinating read. Somewhat frightening when you think about ethics, morality, and the realm of science that can be, and sometime is, manipulated. The actual writing of the book was fascinating. The twists, turns and 'gymnastics' kept me on my toes.
Janith Pathirage
May 05, 2015 rated it it was ok
I know its bit harsh just to give 2 stars for this novel. It was a good story about family bonds and love, but this was not a compelling read. The entire story was like the coma Frankie went into. Numb and dry. Just by looking at the title I figured out how this story would end. There's a girl in a coma and the book is called 'The Lazarus Child'.. the rest is anybody's guess. It had few very emotional moments ,but that wasn't good enough, coz there's no fun in reading a novel if it gets this pre ...more
Feb 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
The Lazarus Child

This book kept me reading and will stay in my mind, I think. It is such an interesting story on so many levels. I'm still ruminating about it. I liked the characters but I didn't feel like I was deeply attached to them. I like the grandmother's spunkiness. She is the one I would like to spend some time with. Elizabeth was very courageous in the pursuit of her passion of bringing back children who were in comas. It might have been more gripping if some of the characters and some
Jul 17, 2012 rated it it was ok
This book had an interesting premise, but had a very hard time delivering any satisfaction. It was choppy, very hard to follow at times, and disappointing overall.

The story is about a little girl that went through a terrible accident that left her comatose. Her brother that witnessed the accident and blamed himself began pulling away emotionally while the desperate parents' marriage that had been on the rocks became even more strained. Only a very experimental and highly controversial treatment
Nov 02, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Raamatu teema on karm ja puudutav - ainest kaasakiskuvaks looks on palju.

Kahjuks aga ei ole õnnestunud seda potentsiaali rakendada.

Tegelased ei ole "elus" ega usutavad, neile kaasa elada on keeruline. Palju on stampi langemist ja stereotüüpe. Tuhm ühesõnaga.

Koomaunenägude kirjeldused olid... Igavad, mittemidagiütlevad, ebausutavad, liiga pikad. Wolfgang ja Heike Hohlbeini raamat "Muinasmaa" on sisuliselt samadest motiividest ning terve tegevus toimub nö koomataguses maailmas. Ning kuigi ma lu
Feb 27, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a very difficult book to read, and I couldn't read it in one go. I had to intersperse some lighter reading in between. It was the story of a child who was in a persistent vegetative state and a doctor who was trying to bring such children back. It included a lot of tragedy and a lot of legal wrangling. However, it was an engrossing story and I wanted to find out what happened. There was a lot of description which slowed the story down, but which seemed to be necessary to the story. A go ...more
Marge Prohofsky
Aug 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
Robert Mawson ties together why Dr Elizabeth Chase is consumed by her passion to somehow help the very helpless in the world. She is determined to bring back children who are lost in a coma through her ground-breaking methods. The book chronicles Dr Chase's attempt to return Frankie Heywood from her comatose state. It delves into Frankie's family, as well, and relates how her parents and brother deal with the psychological effects of Frankie's accident and how to relate to a family member on the ...more
May 28, 2015 rated it it was ok
It started out as an ok and interesting story. Two kids in an accident, one end up in a coma and the other feels guilty about the whole thing. The parents are separated due to problems in their marriage. They have to get together because of the accident. They hear about this woman in the states who works on coma patients, trying to wake them up. And she has, of course, her own trauma and bad memories from her childhood. So far so good.

But it ended in... I don't know. It was just too much mumbo
Suanne Laqueur
Sep 24, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: book-nook-news
It was a good read, an interesting concept. I liked it, but there were times when just too much was going on. The strained marriage of Jack and Alison; Ben’s trauma; Dr. Chase’s motivations; the dream-sequence narratives of Frankie’s experience; sub-plot layered upon sub-plot until the sandwich was just too big to get your teeth into. I’d rather Mawson had picked one or two of the ideas and developed it fully. The ending was kind of vague. Still, an enjoyable read.
Quite a fast read, so the 400 odd pages went surprisingly quickly. [return][return]Frankie - the young daughter - gets knocked down on the way to school. and goes into a coma. Finally, after months without any progress, there's a glimmer of hope in a controversial clinic in the US, who unfortunately are having their own problems
Beem Weeks
Dec 27, 2012 rated it it was ok
This story showed potential but fell short. It was recommended by someone I trust to put me up on a good read. He missed the mark this time. Kids with head injuries learn to communicate with electronic help while in comas. Yawn. I didn't find it all that great. What it could have been and what it is makes a huge difference. Not the worst I've read. Not anywhere near the best either.
Jul 09, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great book... but often a bit vague as to what was actually real/not real, sometimes I was confused as to who was the character at the time. Interesting plot, but could have gone deeper into some characters. Great suspense at the end, then was let down with vague ending. Enjoyed reading it, but disappointed because I didn't really know what had happened to the main characters in the end.
Rojna Yvonne
Jun 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
Haunting, very interesting concept.
Kinda wish it had gone deeper in explanation, but I understand why it didn't.
Picked it up one night and didn't put it down till I finished it at 4am the next morning.
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