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Urgent Care by CJ Lyons


Cover art: Urgent Care Reviewer: Kimberly Stephens
Title: Urgent Care - Connected to Warning Signs and Lifeline
Author: CJ Lyons
Publisher: Jove
ISBN-13: 978-0-515-14705-6
Release Date: October 2009
Genre/Sub-genre: Suspense/Mystery
Year/Setting: Present day, Pittsburgh, PA
Overall Rating: 4.5
Sexual Content Rating: Subtle
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: Mild
Violent Content Rating: Minimal (Suggested)
CJ's Website: cjlyons.net

I usually start a review out with a summary of the book and finish with my personal thought. But, I am going to do this one a little different. The answer to the question, Did I like it, would I recommend it to a friend? The answer is YES, YES, YES! It not just that I liked it, but after reading it, I ran out and bought the first 2 books to accompany Urgent Care. Itís not that I just like the book, I could relate to it, and the characters. The characters are so real and so flawed that you feel like you are watching and interacting with your friends. You know itís a good book, when you are talking to the characters, urging them on, yelling at their mistakes, or just trying to keep them safe.

Urgent Care picks up right where the two previous books leave off, but you donít have to have read the previous books to fall in love with this story. The book focuses on the ER staff of a busy Pittsburgh hospital, and follows them through their trials and tribulations, and there work life. This book focuses on Nora, the ER charge nurse, with some personal issues, thatís sheís determined to keep private and work through. As the book opens, we come face to face with Noraís most secret demon. She is a rape survivor, and it appears as if the person whom raped her is back in Pittsburgh and has struck again. What follows in a great suspense story filled of many unpredictable twists and turns. In the course of the investigation, Nora is forced to deal with mistakes of her past, and count on her former lover, Seth. You find yourself becoming enraged at the stubbornness of these two people, and their inability to see whatís right in front of their face.

Urgent Care is a very believable thriller with lots of twists and turns and leaves you pretty surprised at the answer to the mystery. It also does a great job of bringing all the characters in from previous books, but without taking away from this plot line, and adding to the story. I highly recommend this book to all who like Greys Anatomy and CSI, as itís almost a perfect combination of those two shoes. And for those in the medical field, itís very factual with its medical information and terminology, without being too medically involved for the layman. In fact, I canít find anything negative to say about this book, and am anxiously awaiting the next book by CJ Lyons. I can only hope that this review brings her book the justice that it deserves.


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