Picks and Pans Review: The Lazarus Child
Beach book of the week
Somewhere in that shadowland between the living and the dead there lies...well, that's what Dr. Elizabeth Chase has dedicated her career to discovering. The brilliant young neurologist has already awakened dozens of comatose children at her Virginia clinic—and aroused a firestorm of controversy over her unorthodox methods.
Now, with her license on the line, she faces her biggest challenge, Frankie Heywood, injured in a bus crash, is the patient, but her brother Ben is psychologically just as shattered. Can Dr. Chase bring this family the miracle they crave—or will the experience destroy them?
Soundly establishing his medical premise, Mawson never loses sight of the human drama. Although minor surgery would have helped, it is rare to find a page-turner with this much impact on both the pulse and the heart. (Bantam, $23.95)
Bottom Line: Thought-provoking thriller