Review: Brain Storm by Elaine Viets. Thomas & Mercer.

I was drawn to this book by the description of the central character, Angela Richman, having had a stroke. Since I share that experience, I felt a special kinship with Angela even before I began to read.

The author gives us a view of the story from Angela’s perspective, and it gradually dawns on us that Angela’s view is colored by her stroke-affected brain as well as by the effects of her treatment experiences.

Angela is grievously injured by a stroke that was badly misdiagnosed. She narrowly escapes death, and then wonders if she will ever again be able to practice her profession of death investigator, which relies on her ability for accurate assessment and meticulous description. But she goes forward with impressive determination and courage in spite of it all, and manages to solve the murder of the neurosurgeon who incorrectly diagnosed her.

This is made all the more noteworthy when we learn, in the author’s note at the end of the book, that she in fact experienced and recovered from just such a misdiagnosed stroke experience. The book is well written, with attention to detail and characters. My one small criticism might be that her description of hospital food seems quite a bit worse than what I have encountered in my own not-inconsiderable hospital experiences. Maybe California hospitals have made better progress in the quality of their patient food offerings?

My thanks to the author, publisher, and NetGalley for making this book available to me.  And my special admiration to the excellent and courageous Ms. Viets.

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