|Plot Summary of Intensive Scare Unit|
J .S. Borthwick
St. Martin's, Feb 2004, 24.95, 384 pp.
After a dizzy spell when she almost loses consciousness Julia Clancy is forced by her employee to go to the emergency room where she notices a man sitting quietly in the waiting room looking like he wants to go ten rounds with Lennox Lewis. While she is being examined, she sees the same man in the cubicle next to hers. The man turns out to be the former CEO of the hospital, who is found murdered in a wheelchair in the men's room.
Julia is admitted to the CCU and tests show she needs an operation to unblock an artery. Her niece Sara Deanne is at the hospital to give her favorite aunt moral support. After the surgery, Julia wakes up to find someone strangling her and she screams for help. The medical personnel believe she was hallucinating due to the effects of the anesthesia. Two other killings occur making Julia and Sara believe these murders and attempted killings are linked. They intend to unmask the perpetrator before they become victims four and five.
Once a reader finishes INTENSIVE SCARE UNIT, they will be frightened to death to go to an emergency room. Sara should get a private detective license and forget about teaching because she is such a good sleuth. Sara would also make a fine police officer because she has the intelligence to do well on the job and the intuition needed to ferret out the perpetrators. J. .S. Borthwick has written another delightful amateur sleuth mystery that will please her myriad of fans.
This synopsis report prepared by Harriet Klausner
|Chapter Analysis of Intensive Scare Unit|
Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Composition of Book
descript. of violence and chases - 10%
Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives - 40%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 30%
How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) - 20%
Tone of story
- suspenseful (sophisticated fear)
How difficult to spot villain?
- Difficult, but some clues given
Time/era of story:
- 2000+ (Present)
What % of story relates directly
to the mystery, not the subplot?
Murder of certain profession?
Kind of investigator
- amateur citizen investigator
Kid or adult book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Any non-mystery subplot?
- feelings towards family/friends
Murder Mystery (killer unknown)
Accounts of torture and death?
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
Amount of dialog
- significantly more dialog than descript
Note: the views expressed here are only those of the reviewer(s).
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