With The Sisterhood, Veteran M.D. Michael Palmer brings to life the fears of humankind regarding the right to die with dignity, as well as, the question of if we can truly trust those hired to care for us when we are unable to care for ourselves. The murderous plot revolves around two groups of clandestine nurses who opt to kill hospitalized patients; some with terminal illnesses and others who just happen to be inconvenient to someone in their lives.
Palmer’s The Sisterhood features dedicated, tragedy stricken Dr. David Shelton, a witless scapegoat for the sisterhood, who finds himself embroiled in a fight to clear his name after he stumbles upon an euthanasia case and is framed for the murder. Another unlikely protagonist, however, is Christine Beall R.N. whose sensitive nature causes her to join the sisterhood as a means of relieving the agony she sees in the terminally ill around her. Her distress over her part in the assisted suicide of a fellow nurse, however, is undeserved since another member of the sisterhood actually administered the fatal drug. Eventually, in an attempt to prove David’s innocence, the two protagonists join forces while running for their lives and wind up romantically involved.
While I was able to understand and sympathize with the motives behind the Sisterhood I was angered and frightened by the real possibility of a group like the Garden taking root for the sole purpose of killing the unfortunate for profit. It was also disturbing that in the end that while the Sisterhood was dissolved, the Garden found another leader to continue their evil endeavor.
Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed the book, but I wish some of the characters had been a little more developed, especially the scarred nurse, Janet who belonged to both the Sisterhood and the Garden. It seemed to this reviewer that she could have been a more influential character if we knew a little more about her. With that said, the plot kept me interested from the first page and I was surprised as to who put out the hit on David and Christine, which in my opinion made for a good read. Like with all his books, I would give this one a thumbs up for anyone who enjoys being frightened and possibility alerted to event that can occur when one is seeking medical help.[tags]The Sisterhood, Michael Palmer, conspiracy, medical mystery, murder, homicide, fiction, Nurses, novel, book review, death with dignity, euthanasia, assisted suicide, murder for hire[/tags]