I was intrigued when I received an offer from The Bone Room's author James Vitarius to read the first 2 chapters. A good medical thriller is hard to find but Vitarius sets the scene nicely with enough medical jargon to be accurate but not so much that someone without medical training (such as myself) gets either bored or lost.
In addition to the main character, the mysterious Dr. Zeke Oswald, we meet Detective Selinda Bruchart, a generational cop whose toughness is flawed by a vein of insecurity about whether she earned her promotions or her father did. However, the character that interested me the most is Patience McMorris, a medical student with both a brain and what looks to be a pretty serious drinking problem.
I was impressed that in essentially 21 pages Vitarius gives us 3 well developed and flawed characters as well as a mystery I'd like to find out the answer to. So if you're in the mood for a dark gritty medical thriller with perhaps a paranormal twist then definitely give The Bone Room a try! (link to Amazon)
About the Author:
Cardiologist by day. Novelist by night. Born and raised in New Jersey, MD and PhD in Biomedical Sciences, trained in internal medicine and cardiology at Montefiore and Mount Sinai Medical Centers in New York City. When a promising research career in molecular biology evaporated when his research funding dried up, the author resurrected a boyhood dream of becoming an author as a new creative outlet.
James enjoys music, cooking, sports, and, of course, literature. His favorite old-school authors are Poe, Tolstoy, and Hemingway and modern influences include Michael Crichton, Dick Francis, and Stephen King. He lives in northern New Jersey with his wife, daughter, and two rambunctious German Shorthaired Pointers.
The Nocturnist series of books depicts the life of Dr. Zeke Oswald, a hospitalist who prefers the night shift. The tales are full of thrills, chills, suspense and mystery.