Thursday, May 29, 2014

It's been a while since I've done a book review

This summer I am participating in my first ever reading challenge, I've read five books out of the 13 that I have picked out, and I feel like that's pretty good progress. Granted, three of the books were re-reads and I feel like that made it a little easier so the rest of the challenge may be a little... challenging.

One of the books I read was The Mystery of Breathing by Perri Klass. It was a book that I picked up for pocket change at a thrift store and then left in my closet (along with many other books) for over a year with every intention of reading it, but I just never got around to it.


It is a story about Dr. Maggie Claymore, a neonatologist (a doctor for very sick newborns and premature infants) who one day receives an anonymous letter, calling her a child-killer and challenging her credentials as a physician.

Now, when I bought the book, I had no idea what it was about, but the title intrigued me. Once I started reading, I was pretty hooked. I love reading mysteries and I love trying to figure out the culprit before they are revealed in the story (unfortunately I guessed wrong this time). Before long, the letters are being sent to the department heads and the sender also begins posting posters of the Dr. Claymore with threatening and disturbing messages (baby killer, etc) all around the hospital.

Half way through the book, the story switches from Maggie's perspective to that of the anonymous letter-sender (though we don't yet know who it is) and also has a few excerpts from Maggie's two year old god-daughter's point of view, which I thought was a little different. Once the letter-sender is revealed to the readers, the story pretty  much goes down hill and loses all of its momentum. I was a little disappointed in the ending, but overall it was an interesting and light read.

7 comments:

Breenah A said...

Thanks! This reminded me that I need to write about the ones I've read for the challenge. I added this one to my to-read list, it sounds interesting.

Plucky said...

I'm intrigued by the title too! Sad that ending was less than satisfactory. I'm currently reading "Beautiful Ruins." We'll see how it goes!

Kayla MKOY said...

Don't you love pocket change book fibs at a thrift store?! Those are the best abs I'm guilty of hoarding tons of them in my closets. Time to whip them out! :) I'm glad you enjoyed this!

Mississippi Mrs. said...

I have been on a major book reading frenzy lately. I may have to look this up!

Kellee the Caffeinated said...

This sounds interesting... I may have to add it to my goodreads... thanks for sharing!

Nadine Lynn said...

Oh man! This sounded really interesting until you said it went downhill. I hate when a good book starts to loose its luster.

confuzzledom said...

This sounded really intriguing and I was all geared up to add it to my (huge!) to-read list until you said it went downhill. *Sigh*. Maybe I'll give it a go anyway.

~Bevchen