As Hurricane Ivan barrels toward the Florida, a woman trying to evacuate a vulnerable coastal area is involved in a fatal car accident. Through her death, the gift of life is bestowed upon a complete stranger. We follow the story of harvesting her organs, transplanting, and the donor/recipient families’ struggles to cope with the process. A parallel storyline tracks the family pet, PuttPutt, who escaped the crash, but is set adrift in a world turned upside down by the aftermath of the deadly storm.
Dr. Ebel is a master at writing medical dramas. Her background allows detailed views of the complicated course of organ transplantation. A lot of the jargon was over my head, but gave a good sense of the amount of work behind the scenes and the dangers inherent in the procedures. I found it fascinating.
Well-written and fast-paced, the tension will keep you turning pages well into the night. She manages to balance grief and hope, sadness and joy, disaster and recovery. Read it!!