Thursday, February 16, 2017

Deep Water by Christine Poulson



Christine Paulson's medical thriller, Deep Water, provides a glimpse into the highly competitive field of pharmaceutical research and development. The book opens to a clinical trial for a treatment for obesity. But something goes seriously wrong. Fast forward to a legal battle over the patent for the obesity treatment. While elsewhere in the lab, another researcher is trying desparately to find a treatment for rare genetic condition.

Three main players share the stage of Paulson's novel:

  • Katie, a medical researcher, just starting out and learning the hard way about lab politics, funding and ethical dilemmas
  • Rachel, a mother desperately hoping that Katie will find a breakthrough treatment for her ill daughter
  • Daniel, Rachel's husband and lawyer, involved in a pharmaceutical lawsuit asserting a company's claim to a drug patent.
These three characters are drawn into a web of murder, arson, and betrayal. And ghosts of a past relationship threaten to drive a wedge between Rachel and Daniel's marriage. As Daniel and Rachel want so desparately to find a cure for their daughter, the lines of ethics start to blur.

Readers will learn a lot about the field of medical research (some fascinating and some rather troubling). Poulson's work reveals the temptation everyone faces to cut corners; but when lives are at stake, the consequences can be chilling.

Grab a copy of Deep Water and immerse yourself in a maze of medical mystery!

Disclaimer: I received a copy of Deep Water from Kregel Publications for the purpose of review. No other compensation was received.


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