Tuesday 23 October 2012

Book ~ "Euthanasia" (2012) Mack Mulluncey

From Goodreads ~ When Alex left the clinic that day, she thought she could move on from the rape that left her pregnant and the agonizing decision to have an abortion. That is, until the child she thought she left behind contacts her. Terrorized by mysterious phone calls and guilt, Alex feels her sanity slipping away as she becomes convinced that she must find the man who brutalized her to make a family for her dead daughter.

Anti-abortion crusader Tobin Bartell wouldn’t have it any other way. As The Leader of The Movement, when he’s not organizing protests or giving speeches, he’s orchestrating a campaign of harassment against women like Alex ... and plotting to kill the local abortion doctor.

And Tobin has no shortage of candidates for the job: Paige wants money, Courtney wants love, Derek wants to belong. Tobin just wants it done ... and it doesn’t matter to him who does it.

Life. Death. Murder. It’s all the same to them.

This is quite an intense book about a very controversial subject.  Though it's not for everyone and it's not something I usually read, I enjoyed it.  Not surprising, the language and activity is very mature.

Alex was raped and, as a result, ends up pregnant.  She goes to the abortion clinic and then begins getting calls from her "baby" who lays on the guilt for what she'd done.  This slowly drives Alex crazy as she tries to get her baby back. Dana has been having an affair with her high school sweetheart and ends up at the clinic.

Aaron, Paige and Jillian work for The Movement, an anti-abortion organization headed by Tobin Bartell, and will do whatever they have to dissuade women from going to the clinic.  His followers are reminiscent of those at Jonestown.

Tobin is a nut.  He feels women are not equals to men and that ugly and stupid women should be neutered so they are taken out of the gene pool.  No, he's not a nice man.  He is still grieving over the death of his daughter, Iliana ... no wonder she committed suicide.

So you can see why I say this book is intense!

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