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Life Support (Alexia Lindale #1)

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  1,854 Ratings  ·  90 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 15th 2003 by Thomas Nelson (first published June 1st 2003)
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Jenny (Reading Envy)
Jul 27, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read2014
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
Oct 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
Not since Denise Hildreth Jones's Savannah from Savannah have I been this impressed with the heroine of a book. I believe Alexia Lindale may be my next literary crush.

As for the story itself, it was engaging and kept the pages turning. Sure, you have to read the next book to continue the story...but wasn't The Empire Strikes Back the same way? The writing was good, and I look forward to further installments in this series.
Jun 18, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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.

Melysah Bunting
May 27, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Margaret Metz
Jul 30, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 03, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
Jul 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
As I'm finding with all Robert Whitlow books, it kept moving (except a few little lulls with too much verbage which is why only 4 stars) and kept you wanting to see what happens next. I almost tossed the book about 1/3 of the way through but that probably meant that I was really into it. Kept me engrossed for the majority of the book and that's why I'll be starting book 2 very shortly.
Jun 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Immediately after finishing GRAY MOUNTAIN, I began LIFE SUPPORT by Robert Whitlow. Publicity for Whitlow always lists him at the Christian fiction version of John Grisham, and I must agree that both are excellent writers of legal fiction. Once again, the protagonist is a young female lawyer who finds herself suddenly unemployed. Alexia Lindale has made quite a name for herself as a divorce lawyer who can calmly advocate for her female clients. That may be why her firm asks her to navigate a disp ...more
D.I. Telbat
Mar 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Oct 14, 2015 rated it it was ok
I'm stunned that this book received so many 4-star reviews and can only think the difference was the expectation going in. I was expecting a courtroom drama, a will-she-get-away-with-it-or-won't-she suspense ride. Instead I got a book with so many detours (what was the purpose of the trip to France? It contributed nothing to the story at all. Lindale's sudden interest in god? The deposition she took part in on behalf of another lawyer?) that ended up going nowhere.
Only to get to t
Stephani Austin
Oct 14, 2016 rated it it was ok
I actually stopped reading this book and only finished it for my reading challenge. There was a lot going on and it just got to be so much I just didn't care anymore. The ending leads into the next novel, but I'm going to skip that one, thanks.
Oct 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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!
Soul Survivor
Jun 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Because I am a person of faith , I rated this book 4-stars , I did learn a lot about the legal appeal process , and powers of attorney . I would guess a skeptic would rate this 2-stars , and a secularist , one-star ; but who knows ?
Jul 13, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Sep 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
May 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: z-read-2014
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
Christina Creech
May 15, 2015 rated it liked it
I don't know if I will be finishing this series. I'd like the core concepts of the book, but I did feel like it was dragged on a lot.
If I never hear he name Rena Richardson, it will be too soon. This lady doesn't know what she is and is so paranoid she is being controlled by Baxter's father that she is letting his brother manipulating her. She is hiding something big. I don't think she forgave her husband, and is trying to get revenge.
However, I do like Alexi. She and Ted are probably the o
Jul 26, 2011 rated it it was ok
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
Jul 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 19, 2011 rated it really liked it

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
Jul 07, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
Elishya (lace)
Jun 15, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Sep 10, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Clarice James
Nov 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
Good writing, fast-paced, good tension, interesting and believable characters. Loved, loved, loved the music/prayer concept!

A few times the writer took me out of the story to describe scenes and activities that did not move the story forward. Although I'm anxious to read more of Robert Whitlow's books, I did not like (actually, I resented) the gratuitous cliff-hanger at the end. For me, it felt like too much of a hard sell to purchase the second in the series.

Having said that, I plan to buy Co
Karen Medrano-rios
Feb 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Clara Roberts
Apr 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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.
Dave Hoff
Mar 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
Deja vu all over again when I read the first chapter, then realized the fall from a top of a waterfall in real life in Colorado happened years after this fiction book was written in 2003. Not often a book lets the reader know who the bad person is, while the main character, her female lawyer, doesn't have a clue. You anticipate the time she'll wake up to who she is representing. Does it happen, read the book.
Jul 19, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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 rated it liked it
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.
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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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