My Sunday Book Review is for Paulette Mahurin’s newest release – Irma’s Endgame. I am a big fan of Paulette’s historical fiction books and couldn’t pass up her latest. This book kept me engaged from start to finish with all the elements of the human condition wrapped within the plot and sub-plot – friendship, love, determination, sabotage, jealousy, and ultimately, a justifiable ending.
When newspaper headlines screamed in large bold print that one of the world’s leading heart-transplant surgeons, Peter Dayton, was arrested for the death of one of his transplant patients, shock waves were felt around the world. Particularly impacted was an attorney, Irma Mullins, who found it inconceivable that the man she once loved could have committed the heinous act for which he had been arrested. Determined to find out what happened, she embarks on a course of action to uncover the truth. But when all paths lead to one dead-end after another, and Dayton continues to maintain his innocence, she detours. Through desperation, frustration, fear, and determination she grasps at thin threads for anything that might uncover facts to help exonerate Dayton. What she ultimately discovers is both shocking and unbelievable. Written by the award-winning, international best-selling author, Paulette Mahurin, Irma’s Endgame is a story of friendship and loyalty, of betrayal and revenge, of mystery and discovery, of enmity and love. It is a narrative that shakes the very core of the scientific ground we all walk on and proves that what we think is real is not always solid terrain. This is a novel that will be remembered long after the last page is finished.
My 5 Star Review:
I’m a big fan of Paulette Mahurin’s historical fiction books and was curious to read this book of a different genre – mystery/medical thriller, which of course, didn’t disappoint.
Cardiac surgeon, Dr. Peter Dayton is in a whirl of trouble. He’s being charged for the death of one of his transplant patients, which he insists is not his fault.
Irma Mullin is an attorney who had a close love relationship with the doctor years prior. She’d read about the scandalous charges, and despite the sad circumstances that ended their relationship years ago, she knew this was not the Peter she’d known and loved in the past. Irma begins her own investigation with assistance from her reporter friend Ben in effort to help defend her old flame. She also learns about Peter’s loveless marriage he continues to live in.
Irma and Ben’s investigations lead them into questioning another of the good doctor’s heart recipients, Jeffrey, a man who Dr. Dayton has given new life to, and whose wife Amelia becomes suspicious and bothered by the ‘new’ personality characteristics her husband has inherited since the transplant. Is Dr. Dayton being unjustifiably set up for a mal-practice suit?
I’m just not going to go into more detail here because there are quite a few great sub-plots and plot twists in this book that will keep you turning the pages. But I’ll pose these questions here as food for thought:
Can a heart transplant recipient really take on some of the personality traits of their donor?
Can a damaged and emotionally broken woman instigate such devastating accusation against the good doctor fueled from hurts from a long ago past?
If so, how far would one crazed woman go to cause so much trouble?
Now, you will have to read this book to find out! Mahurin never disappoints!