Review Of Terminal Care, by Crystal Fulcher of My Reading Room

By Crystal Fulcher for My Reading Room

My Review:

Why I read this book:  I am a sucker for medical thrillers, you can blame Robin Cook and Michael Crichton for that, so when I read the description of this book, I could not sign up fast enough.  I love trying out new authors – you can find some really amazing books that way.

How is it driven:  This is mainly plot driven – it’s suspense/thriller, but there is a wonderful amount of character development as well – I loved getting to know Phil Pescoe.

My thoughts:  I was sucked into this from the very first page.  First off, Phil is very personable.  He’s had troubles in his personal life but he’s moving on.  He doesn’t seem arrogant and he seems to like what he does which is being an emergency department doctor.  Then as the story moves on, the suspense picks up and I found it hard to put down the first night I started reading even when my eyes were starting to close (I take a sleeping pill, it wasn’t the book I promise).  I woke up thinking about the book and could not wait to get back to it.  I easily read 80 pages the first evening and I only read about 1 hour and the print is small so I was impressed how easy it read and how it kept me turning the pages.

The story never let up – I was enthralled through the book.  I liked getting to know Phil and Clara and loved watching them work together to get to the bottom of what is going on.  Terminal Care is a well-done medical thriller, always intense and interesting, but never too technical or hard to understand.  I felt most of the story rings true, or at least feels real, not contrived.  Unfortunately research has gone into the hands of private corporations and this is good in some ways and bad in others.  Christopher Stookey doesn’t use his book as a platform to speak for or against anything, just to create a fascinating and thrilling read.  This is the medical thriller at it’s best and I will look forward to future works by Mr. Stookey.

Rating:  4.75/5.0

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Book Review by Rundpinne Reviews

Below is a review of Terminal Care posted by Jennifer Higgins of Rundpinne Book Reviews on September 10th, 2010.  Ms. Higgins rates the books she reviews on a 5-coffee-cup scale.  She gave the book 4 1/2 cups of coffee.  The original review can be found at

Terminal Care by Christopher Stookey is an intense medical thriller filled with corporate cover-ups, ethical dilemmas, and delightful twists and turns woven in for good measure.  Alzheimer’s patients in the East Annex are dying at an alarming rate, which happens to coincide with an experimental neurological medication.  Stookey takes the reader deep inside Deaconess Hospital as well as through the city of San Francisco through the two main characters, Phil Pescoe and Clara Wong.  Stookey creates deeply rich and realistic characters and his hero and heroine are both deeply flawed and yet remarkably likeable and relatable, making a fantastic team.  Terminal Careis part medical procedural, part thriller, and part mystery and all three are expertly woven together to create a fast paced medical thriller.  Stookey’s debut novel was an absolute delight to read and I look forward to more novels from this fine author.  I would recommend Terminal Care to anyone looking for a good mystery/thriller.

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Book Review by Michelle Vasquez

Below is a review of Terminal Care by Michelle Vasquez.  Ms. Vasquez writes a book review blog called “Life in Review.”  For more information, visit her website at

BOOK REVIEW by Michelle Vasquez

Terminal Care by Christopher Stookey is a great medical drama. You can definitely tell that the author knows his stuff!

I love a good medical drama and this one is complete with mystery and suspense and romance. It is very well written, and it’s obvious that the author knows the medical field, but yet there aren’t a lot of big medical terms that are way over a normal person’s head without explanation. I thought it was a great balance of making it realistic but making it so that the average person can read it and not get lost or bogged down in medical terms. I really enjoyed it!

The main character in the book is Phil Pescoe, and I found him to be an extremely likeable character! He’s a good man with a good heart and he wants to do good for people. He’s very easy to like! I was rooting for everything to turn out well for him throughout the story! He’s a very normal, every-day, average person and very easy to relate to. Phil sees that some things are going on in the hospital that don’t add up. He sets out, with the help of another doctor, to solve the mystery. And, other than that, I think you should just read the book and be surprised. I don’t like to give away any of the plot!

My regular blog readers know that I review both Christian books and regular mainstream fiction. For those readers who want to know, this one is not a Christian fiction title.

I would definitely recommend this book. It’s got a little something for everyone with great medical drama, mystery and suspense, and romance. The characters are likeable and easy to relate to. It’s very well written and it hooks you from the start and keeps you hooked until the end. I think it’s a great first novel for this talented author.

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