Title: Waiting Rooms, The
Authors: Smith, Eve
Genre: Fiction
Pages: 379
Year: 2020
Language: English
Description: When the world's medical fraternity's worst fears come to pass, and a global antibiotic crisis emerges, only those under seventy have access to the limited supply of new antibiotics. For everyone else with an infection, it is off to the Waiting Rooms, the hospitals where you don't get to leave through the front door. Through her work as a nurse, Kate Connelly is often put at risk, but it is not until she starts to search for her birth mother that she and her family are put in serious danger. And it all goes back to the start of the Crisis, twenty years earlier, and what people did and didn't do to avert disaster ...

Emotionally engaging and convincing, this is a page-turning thriller of uncomfortable but thought-provoking prescience.

Comments from BDS Reviewers:

"A real page turner. Great book for discussion!" "This book was described as dark and disturbing but I don't agree."

"Very well written – and unfortunately believable!"

"Is this book about the future, or is it here already??"

"Very topical subject. A love story is needlessly fitted into the story."

"I found it a bit scary, but it was a great read."

"The time of this book is absolutely right. Without Covid-19 it probably would not have had so much impact. All should read the book."

Categories: Fiction, Dystopia/Futuristic, Grief/loss, Medical/Health, Morals/Ethics, 2022 Titles, Larger font


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By: NELS 022 2021-10-22 09:53:43
Cleverly constructed - we enjoyed the way it all came together. Beautifully written descriptions of Africa. The news flashes a good device. A well-written ending, well rounded and clever. Did take a lot of checking back as you read. Clear character definitions. Gripping, hard hitting and unsettling.

By: WHAKA 018 2021-10-05 12:07:52
Scary read. So true to the times!

By: AUCK 301 2021-09-06 12:12:58
Although initially gruelling, and sometimes the storyline unnecessarily complicated, the story was thought provoking, relevant and timely. Thank you for sending it.

By: NAP 005 2021-07-13 11:35:53
Some of our group enjoyed the book, and had to keep reading to sort out the characters and see how it would end. Others (our group, being mainly around that dreaded 70 years of age) found the book tough going! Very topical while the world is in the grip of Covid 19.

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