To The Bone Book Summary and Study Guide

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Harper Collins, Sept 2003, 23.95, 250 pp.
ISBN: 0060529164

She is a young beautiful woman who went from porn star to an actress having good parts in daytime drama. She has just had breast augmentation surgery and the boyfriend who was supposed to be staying with her left her alone and in pain. As time goes on the pain becomes unbearable and Eden Hale is barely able to make the 911 for an ambulance before becoming unconscious. By the time the she arrives at Mercy Hospital in San Francisco, she is barely breathing.
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Dr. Carroll Monks works on Eden but nothing he does is helping and he has no idea what is wrong with her until he sees bruising spreading across her skin. He administer a drug in hopes of stopping the blood from clotting but she dies before the drug can take affect.   His peers criticize him for his treatment protocol but when the pathologist finds a toxin in Eden's blood, Carroll thinks she was murdered. He starts asking too many questions and winds up almost getting killed by a person who wants attention deflected from the plastic surgeon and those who work for him.

After reading TO THE BONE, readers will have second thoughts about having cosmetic plastic surgery one to them. This story is fast moving, action-packed and gives the audience a glimpse into the world of the affluent who will do anything to look young and beautiful. Neil McMahon is an excellent storyteller whose work can be favorably compared to Michael Palmer and Robin Cook. The protagonist of this tale is likable and vulnerabl and will hopefully will star in more books.

Harriet Klausner

The review of this Book prepared by Harriet Klausner

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Plot & Themes

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?    -   Very difficult--no foreshadowing/clues Time/era of story:    -   2000+ (Present) Medical Thriller    -   Yes Medical Plotlets:    -   bad docs cutting corners What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   80% Misc. Murder Plotlets    -   Proving innocence of very obvious suspect Kind of investigator    -   amateur citizen investigator Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   doctor Age:    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Race    -   White/American


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   California

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Amount of dialog    -   significantly more dialog than descript

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