A Hospital Thriller
by P.M.A. Hayes
This book is described as a 'Hospital Thriller'. The main characters work in a hospital clinical coding department that analyses critical statements, and assigns codes for a multitude of data for any disease, condition or circumstance that occur to hospital clients. This information may be a surprise to those who did not know that every conceivable condition in hospital has to be coded. However, this is the only department featured in this story and I was expecting more of a medical scenario and hospital drama.
The story begins when the main character, Julie, goes to work as usual on a Monday morning to find that her work- mate, protege and best friend, Keely, fails to appear for her shift, and a creepy message is left on her computer.
The characters are well described and the reader can quickly form a picture of the different personalities; and one character provoked my dislike! Which is a compliment to the author!
The plot makes for a good story with a few twists and turns, highlighting the destructive elements of jealousy and the importance of good friends.
It is a murder, mystery story, but does lack a bit of excitement and suspense to keep the reader gripped. I prefer a more intricate story that keeps the interest going, and guessed the perpetrator of the crime early into the plot.
I found the style of writing rather simplistic and would probably recommend it to readers of early teens. Or – an easy book for a poolside holiday, quickly read, uncomplicated and easy to follow. There is very little gruesome detail and no sexual content that would make it an adults-only book.
Title: Code Me Missing – A Hospital Thriller
Author: P.M.A. Hayes
Publisher: PMAH Books
ISBN: 978-0-473-50211-9; Mobi E-Book Amazon ASIN B07YCWB6S6; E-pub 978-0-473-50212-6
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