Friday, June 3, 2011

Healer-Carol Cassella

Carol Cassella
Simon and Schuster, Jun 14 2011, $15.00
ISBN: 9781416556145

Medical doctor Claire and biochemist Addison met, fell in love and marry. Claire becomes pregnant but has complications. Addison invents a blood test to detect ovarian cancer and makes a fortune.

Thanks to his success the Boehning family moves to a posh Seattle neighborhood. Claire becomes a stay at home wife and mom to their daughter Jory while Addison continues his cancer research with plenty of backers. However, his latest cancer fighting drug fails during tests and funding goes with it. Claire and her teenage daughter move to a rundown ranch in Hallum while Addison seeks new investors and Claire looks for a medical position. With few opportunities having been out of medicine for fourteen years, Claire scores a job at a not for profit clinic where she meets Nicaraguan Miguela Ruiz. Soon all hell comes to the Boehning trio.

This intriguing medical family drama takes a profound look at the broken health care system in which money to a great degree buys care. Character driven mostly by Claire but to a strong degree by Addison and Miguela, Healer is a thought provoking thriller that will leave readers pondering the definition of the title.

Harriet Klausner

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