3 out of 4 stars
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The Surrogate by Dimitri Markov is a medical thriller. This book invites readers to think about in vitro fertilization and its complications and consequences.
Marina Bonnaserra has suffered violence and loss in her past. It has left her frightened and timid. She has never married and isn’t too thrilled with her current boyfriend. Nevertheless, she makes the bold decision to undergo in vitro fertilization to have a child. Her experiences with the doctors and the foundation that offer this service lead her down unexpected avenues. She believes the foundation is withholding information from her and is determined to uncover the truth. As Marina follows clues that could answer her questions, she uncovers things from the past that both surprise and horrify her. Have her doctors been honest with her and her care? Can one person go up against a giant foundation? Will she discover how many of her eggs were fertilized and what ultimately happen to them?
The book is written in third person omniscient. This gives the reader insights into what motivates people to choose this service. Marina’s motives are understood as her past is revealed. The doctors’ motives for certain actions are also exposed. The apprehensive tone created by Marina’s search for the truth and the actions taken by the doctors, create a foreboding and suspenseful mood.
The plot of the story is very well developed. Marina’s trials are presented and developed throughout the book. There are also several subplots that contribute to a well-rounded story. Everything comes together in an exciting climax that leaves the reader both surprised and satisfied.
I really enjoyed the way the author included accurate medical information about the procedures involved in the in vitro process. This lends a certain informational flavor to the book and enriches the fictional aspect. I also thought the author described the subplots exceptionally well and weaved them in with the main story. Everything was tied up neatly and a plausible explanation given.
There were a few things that did not appear believable. One was the unnecessary repetition of names. “I’ll be seeing you again Dr. In court, Dr.” Also, some of the translation was rather awkward. A remote control is called a remote control unit. Another example of an awkward translation is, “Of that, you can count on.” I also found numerous spelling and grammar errors.
I rate this book 3 out of 4 stars. The plot, the characters, and the information make for an entertaining and informative story. This book could be improved with some professional editing. People who read medical mysteries would enjoy this book.
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