Book Review--Informed Consent by Sandra Glahn
Glahn's story asks some morally and ethically challenging questions. The plot brings to life compelling arguments for patient rights, as well as putting a doctor and his family in the spotlight when patient rights are violated.
I haven't read a lot of medical thrillers, my extent of such doesn't stretch beyond the ER television series, but I did enjoy that show immensely. What I found I liked about Informed Consent was a story revolving around things that could happen in any hospital around the country and a believable plot and storyline.
The story explores biomedical issues from a Christian worldview with mostly believable characters. I found myself a time or two wondering if Jeremy Cramer, the main character, could honestly exist, but kept reading because my answer was, "I don't really know." Many times hospitals cover up scandals, so who am I to know if the situation could happen undetected, or at least unannounced to the media.
There were some stereotypes in the novel that, under normal circumstances, I would be pretty particular about, but considering I don't read many medical thrillers, I can't say whether or not they take away from the book or if I noticed them simply because I notice those types of things.
I think readers who enjoy Christian Fiction and plot driven novels will find Informed Consent highly satisfying. I typically read and enjoy more character driven novels, so I wasn't completely fulfilled but that shouldn't keep anyone from reading Informed Consent. I feel like the story was great and I'm glad I read it. It is one I will recommend in the future to those who love plot driven novels and medical thrillers.
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