Friday, July 16, 2010

Suspense and family crisis! Can't miss

I plugged a couple of past posts into the I Write Like link Jason posted.

Turns out a book review of mine was in the style of Stephen King and an essay was like James Fenimore Cooper.

I've no idea what factors are taken into consideration since the analysis is done in a matter of seconds regardless of how much text you post in the window, but it's fun nonetheless.

I'm so far behind in sharing what I've been reading. I've either got to start reading less or writing more.

"The Things That Keep Us Here" by Carla Buckley combines the suspense of a worldwide flu pandemic with the intimate portrait of a family unraveling.

After this past winter's swine flu scare, it was especially intriguing to read about the quick spread of avian flu.

At the heart of the story are Ann and Peter Brooks. He's a veterinarian researcher; she's mother to his children. As a couple they've grown apart since the death of their son a decade earlier.

Their personal struggle unfolds - how will they adapt as divorced parents, will they come to terms with their grief, what were the circumstances of their son's death - as the world around them grapples with the deadly H5N1 virus.

When everyone becomes isolated to halt the disease spread, the two are forced to examine their circumstances.

Buckley does a great job of keeping the reader wondering on all fronts.

Check out an excerpt for yourself.

You'll find yourself thinking about what you would do to protect your children.

- Tricia Ambrose


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