Review: Alexandra Sokoloff's second thriller, The Price, ponders the question: for what price, and at what cost, is one willing to pay to save someone they love.
Will Sullivan, the son of a former governor of Massachusetts, has announced his candidacy for the same office when his daughter, Sydney, is diagnosed with stomach cancer. Both he and his wife Joanna are devastated. The tumor is inoperable and there seems to be nothing the doctors can do other than make her comfortable. While Will wonders the halls of the hospital in which his daughter is dying, he sees and hears what he can only believe are hallucinations … or miracles. A young boy suffering from advanced leukemia that has but hours to live is, the following day, dressed and ready to go home, apparently cured. A policeman shot several times in the head and chest, not only survives but is up the next day awaiting his discharge papers. A man, just skin and bones dying of AIDS, is later seen walking around, the picture of health. Is prayer the answer? In the hospital chapel, Will goes to pray but is met by a man named Salk who tells him there is a way to save his daughter. But would Will be willing to pay the price?
The Price is simultaneously a mesmerizing yet decidedly eerie novel. It penetrates the mind to the depths of irrational fear then spawns an optimistic sense of euphoria. Most readers will be able to picture themselves in the position of Will or his wife Joanna and quickly answer that yes, whatever it takes, no matter the price, save my daughter. And yet, can the price be too high?
This suspenseful novel reads much like an episode from The Twilight Zone, a real situation in a surreal environment. The Price is fascinating, absorbing, and hard to put down.
Special thanks to guest reviewer Betty of The Betz Review for contributing her review of The Price.
Acknowledgment: Minotaur Books provided a copy of The Price for this review.
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Location(s) referenced in The Price: Boston, Massachusetts
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The Price by Alexandra Sokoloff
Publisher: Minotaur Books
Publication Date: February 2008
List Price: $23.95
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