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Mark Schluter has been in a serious car accident. Soon after his sister Karin arrives at the hospital, Mark slips into a coma. Karin finds a mysterious note at Mark's bedside. When Mark regains consciousness, he believes Karin is not his sister, but an imposter. The diagnosis is Capgras syndrome. Karin writes to well-known neurologist Dr. Gerald Weber, who arrives in Nebraska to discuss Mark's case. Mark begs Weber to find his "real" sister. He has no recall of the accident. Barbara Gillespie, a nurse's aide, takes a special interest in Mark.

Weber suggests a new drug, Olanzapine, which may help Mark out of his Capdras and other symptoms that have manifested. Once Mark starts the new drug, he tells Karin he now realizes what happened to him in the accident: he died and no one realized it! Later, he takes an overdose of the medication, figuring what's the difference, he's already dead. When the hospital brings him back, the only person he will speak with is Weber. Weber and Barbara's lives become entangled in their attempts to solve Mark's problems and help Karin get back to her own life. Will the solution to the car accident be the answer for Mark's problems and Karin's identity crisis?
This report prepared by Jan Lamers








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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 30%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 50%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 20% Tone of story    -   depressing/sad Time/era of story:    -   2000+ (Present) Medical Thriller    -   Yes Medical Plotlets:    -   psychiatrist messes up mind Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   unemployed Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Race    -   White/American

Setting

United States    -   Yes The US:    -   West City?    -   Yes City:    -   New York Small town?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   no torture/death Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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