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Terminal (Book) Review

 
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Page Count: 435
 
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3/ 5


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An interesting take on the idea of hospice, told with an insider's view.

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The mystery part of the story seems to move very slowly, which doesn't build up as much tension as it could.


Final Fiendish Findings?

Minnie is going to die. Sure, she’s still hopeful, but the doctors are certain. Th cancer that has sapped her strength and taken over her body just cannot be defeated. Though Minnie still feels a bit as though sh might just beat it yet, she takes her doctor’s advice and moves into Holl House. Holl […]

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Full Fiendish Findings...
 
 

Minnie is going to die.

Sure, she’s still hopeful, but the doctors are certain. Th cancer that has sapped her strength and taken over her body just cannot be defeated. Though Minnie still feels a bit as though sh might just beat it yet, she takes her doctor’s advice and moves into Holl House. Holl House is a lovely little hospice where people go to live out that last days of their lives. Though death could literally be around any corner, the dedicated staff is determined to make the last moments be very comfortable ones for their guests.

There are doctors and caregivers on the staff, but Holl House feels more like a fancy hotel than a medical facility to Minnie. The skilled chef makes it a point to spoil the guests at every turn, tempting their waning appetites with rich desserts and their favorite foods. There are musical performances, lovely parties, and family members as well as pets are welcome to stay – and the doctors stay on top of pain control to ensure the patients are feeling well enough to enjoy it. Yes, Holl House is lovely, and Minnie settles in nicely – but she is soon certain that something sinister is afoot.

Though all the guests are terminally ill, some of them seem to be making their eternal exits more suddenly and unexpectedly than seems right. The more Minnie investigates, the more she is convinced that some of the deaths happening at Holl House are anything but natural. She is aided in her investigation by Mike, a skilled journalist who is staying at the house to take care of his ill father in his final days. Though both are kept busy by the business of dying (in one way or another), they meet often to discuss the situation and plan their investigation. Minnie may not have long to live, but she is determined to solve the mystery before she goes.

Terminal was inspired by the author’s own experiences with hospice. As he stayed with his own father during his final days, he felt inspired to share the experience in some way. The experience of Mike and his family in the book are a re-telling of his own experience and his father’s death. The murder mystery is, of course, fiction, but the real life experience with hospice care shines through in the book’s often blunt approach to the process of dying. Though the mystery itself isn’t really set up in a way that the reader would be able to definitively figure it out on your own, but it still a nice enough diversion to keep the book from becoming only about Minnie’s death – and it provides a diversion for Minnie as well, giving you time to enjoy her as the determined character she is.


Amy

 
U.S. Senior Editor & Deputy EIC, @averyzoe on Twitter, mother of 5, gamer, reader, wife to @macanthony, and all-around bad-ass (no, not really)