"A good story but way too biased"
Her father keeps a tight leash on seventeen year old
Becky Taylor so when she becomes pregnant with Skip's
child, she has no one to turn to for help. After agonizing
on what to do, she decides to obtain an abortion. However,
as she lies behind a curtain, an assailant kills everyone
in the clinic. Her silence or perhaps God's intervention
keeps Becky alive.
However, the investigation leads to a bigger story
besides the mass killings as aborted infants are sold for
their parts. The law enforcement officials have quite a
task to uncover the truth of both the killings and the
sales starting with Dr. Emerson. Meanwhile Becky struggles
with her own demons.
Sylvia Bambola provides a powerful indictment of the
abortion clinics' factory-like approach to clients that
leaves no doubt where she stands on the complex issue.
However, the author fails to provide the full picture by
concentrating on post abortion syndrome, but mostly
ignoring the gut wrenching pre-decision process that many
people struggle with as a personal quandary. The story
line is well written, but whether one relishes the novel
depends on which side of the issue the reader supports.
Using middle class characters only also fails to paint the
panorama of a complex societal dilemma unless Ms. Bambola
recommends the host mother be arrested for murder as the
rich have Europe, the middle class has Canada and the
Caribbean, and the teenage poor not near borders have
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted September 30, 2001