Reading the prologue, one wonders if this novel is a mystery, a thriller or a courtroom drama. The defendant in the case is Dr. Paige Taylor, accused of killing a patient to gain a lot of money. The prosecution wants her to get the death sentence. The only person who seems to believe in Paige’s innocence is her fiance. Will the defence attorney be able to give the jury reasonable doubt and prove Paige’s innocence? Or is she really guilty?
The story leading up to that case is what this book Nothing Lasts Forever is really about. It brings to light the story of Paige and two other doctors, Kat Hunter and Honey Taft. They have a past they are trying to move on from, and they also have to battle the present in which they are women in a field that seems to be dominated by men. There’s a battle against discrimination, against time, and against the overwhelming pressure they have to face each day.
I felt this book was a very good read. This is the first time I’m reading Sidney Sheldon, and loved the way the author has paced the story. He merges the past of the three characters very nicely into the present, bringing at times strength to overcome the past, or having to face the consequences of their past actions, or even try to keep their past from crumbling the present. The obstacles in their way feel real, and they don’t always get the support they need. I liked the character of the senior cardiologist too, and the book does also bring the politics behind the management to light. How the doctors react to these politics also adds to their character sketch. The narration is very engaging, and I could complete the book in one sitting. Perhaps the one thing I’m disappointed with is the epilogue, where brevity felt out of place.
I’d definitely re-read the book, and looking forward to reading more of Sheldon’s books.
|Title: Nothing Lasts Forever|
|Author(s): Sidney Sheldon||Genre: Crime Fiction|
|ISBN/ASIN: 9788172234850||Publisher: Harper Collins|
(© Vinay Leo R. @ A Bookworm’s Musing
7th February 2018)