It is morning. Right before the shops are going to open. Three people are sitting in a van. As they see a man approach carrying a bag, they jump out of the van and attack him. The man is carrying millions in diamonds. The trio have been playing this heist for weeks and everything is going as planned. Until two guys show up on motorcycles and try to rob them.
After the close call, the trio continue with their plan, to get to Amsterdam and exchange the diamonds for cash. But they have an aggressive cop after them plus the guys they stole the diamonds from. Will they be able to pull off this heist or will the plan go up in flames?
Another good, fast read from Patterson's Bookshots. This one is actually in a book called Kill or Be Killed with three other Bookshot stories.
Gawande says that in medical school, he was never taught about having those end of life conversations with patients on what are their priorities; what do they want at the end. Too often, when there is no cure, doctors focus on treatments to prolong life, but at the expense of quality of life.
He shares the stories of a pregnant woman who was diagnosed with a terminal cancer. After saving the baby, the doctor in agreement with Sara and her husband start rounds of aggressive treatments that leave her very sick. In her last hours she develops pneumonia from the lowered immune system due to the chemotherapy. She could barely breath and was in immense pain and distress. Gawande argues that perhaps they made the wrong decision in dealing with Sara's illness. What would her last days have been like had they focused on quality of life?
The reader also learns about how assisted living facilities had gotten their start and about a nursing home who allowed animals as part of therapy and what a difference that made in the lives of its residents. Finally, Gawande discusses the treatments of his own father who had a rare spinal cancer, and the difficulty of having that conversation with his parents, both of whom are doctors.
Dying is something that will effect all of us one day and many of us have or will see a loved one die. Gawande gives us an alternative to dying that steps away from the medical and focuses on the living. Highly recommended.
Zoe is starting her life over. After a horrific accident when she was fourteen, Zoe and her mom, Maria, have moved from Devon to Bristol. Maria has remarried to Chris, who has a son, Lucas. Zoe and Lucas are both piano prodigies are putting on a concert. But just as they start, a man comes barreling down the aisle screaming at Zoe calling her a murderer.
When they arrive back at home, Maria finally tells Chris the truth about what happened three years ago with Zoe. By the morning Maria is dead. Zoe is devastated and terrified that she will be accused. But by the end of the day the killer will be revealed.
This was a pretty good psychological thriller. The author doesn't leave you hanging too long to find out the details of Zoe's past. And the chapters alternate between characters for different points of view. I would recommend this thriller.
Shadow Moon is not in a good place. He's just been released from prison, where he's been serving a 3 year sentence for assault, and he's also just found out that his wife has been killed in an accident. Seated on the plane next to him is a man who calls himself Wednesday, and who seems to know an awful lot about Shadow. Wednesday offers Shadow a job, and with nothing left of his former life to keep him, Shadow accepts. Wednesday isn't very forthcoming about what the job entails, just that Shadow will be his assistant/bodyguard/driver.
At first, it seems that Wednesday is just a first rate con man, but as Shadow comes to find out, he is actually the Norse god Odin. Furthermore, he's on a mission to gather the rest of the old gods who've settled all across the country, and get them to join him in waging war against the new gods who seem to be taking over. Soon, Shadow finds himself caught up in an epic battle.
This book's been around for awhile, but if you haven't had a chance to read it yet, there's still time before it comes to the small screen in April. And I promise you, it's a rollicking great read.