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Pulsating polemical thriller

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 29-05-16

If you could sum up Cry of the Needle in three words, what would they be?

Riveting. Heartsearching. Unputdownable.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Sharon Proctor. A girl from the wrong side of the tracks in Savannah, Georgia, who reaches the business pinnacle as the co-owner of a major British pharmaceutical company. She retains high moral standards amongst the mass of duplicity around her - except when it comes to sex.

What does Nigel Patterson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

He managed to convey the plethora of British and American accents with conviction and no shortage of skill.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Email messages from the victims of a little-known iatrogenic disease brought tears to my eyes.

Any additional comments?

While not agreeing with Kieran Kelly's modus operandi, I could understand his motives for revenge. This book provides a wake-up call to all those who undergo invasive spinal procedures without understanding the consequences.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

Chilling and absorbing

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-09-15

Any additional comments?

I lost relatives in the Holocaust,so this superb story resonated with me.The author's research was impeccable.Indeed,there were no tired tropes in this book, just absorbing characters leading me this way and that until my head was spinning with trying to second-guess Schreiber's terrible secret. I also cried in a few places, thanks in no small part to the excellent narration. I am in my hundredth year, so I've read a few books in my time.This was easily one of the best plotted.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful