by CJ Lyons

Berkley Books, New York, 2008. ISBN 978-0-425-22082-5.
Reviewed by Rhonda Esakov
Posted on 02/21/2008

Fiction: Thriller

"The most dangerous day of the year." In CJ Lyons' medical thriller debut, Lifelines, you won't question the belief that July 1 is a dangerous day to start a new job at the Pittsburg Angels of Mercy Medical Center. The action starts hard and fast and continues at such a rapid pace that you may have to sit back from time to time and say, "Whoa!" Welcome to the life of Dr. Lydia Fiore, the new ER attending physician.

On her first day on the job, Dr. Lydia Fiore makes a miraculous life saving move, and then loses a patient during what should have been a routine mid-level emergency. Because the patient is the son of a prominent doctor from the same hospital, Fiore's first day may well become her last and she is left second-guessing her actions to the point where she must make her own investigation.

Author CJ Lyons takes you through the myriad twists and tangles in the lives of four very different women. Together with an assortment of memorable men, they form a bond in this realistic emergency department setting. While forging this bond—a lifeline—they fight to save patients' lives and their own while learning to depend on one another. I sometimes had trouble keeping the characters straight, but the nonstop action wouldn't let me put the book down. These doctors, students and nurses pull off miracle after miracle with undaunted dedication while dealing with their own complicated lives full of romance, intrigue and trauma.

There are enough fireworks, explosions, blood, riots, harrowing ambulance rides and life-saving miracles in this Fourth of July medical thriller to hold your interest through to its dynamite conclusion.

CJ Lyons is a finalist for RWA's prestigious Golden Heart and winner of the Golden Gateway award. As a member of Romance Writer's of America, International Thriller Writers, Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime and Kiss of Death, CJ has received high praise for her writing. She uses her extensive training and experience in Emergency medicine to high advantage while crafting this debut medical thriller. Visit her website.

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