Colleen McCullough~~4 1/2 and 5 Star Reviews

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The Prodigal Son

Colleen McCullough

Simon and Schuster

Hardcover

978‑1451668759

****1/2

Each page is filled with skillfully written descriptions of characters and setting. I like this, and it makes me feel that I am reading a book worth reading. My problem is, however, that it

seemed to take a long time to get to the meat of the book, i.e. finding out who did what.

The setting is a university town with all the diverse characters such a town has to offer, and McCullough allows readers a peek into the minds of such unconventional people, as university professors and those who surround them can be.

People are dying, and the reason for their deaths has everyone mystified. Everyone, that is, but Millie Hunter. Millie found that a toxic chemical-‑tetrodotoxin-‑is missing from her lab's refrigerator. Upsetting to say the least. Who would have taken it? And feeding her fear is that those who have died exhibited the signs of a tetrodotoxin death, and her husband who is another race, which complicates things for the married couple, is under suspicion.

The Prodigal Son is well written and held my interest. There are many characters to keep track of, and it is a book written about and with intelligence. It takes concentration and patience to follow all that is happening, who it’s happening to, and who is doing what, but that makes the book an exciting challenge. The book was a little challenging for me, but that is my fault. I don’t have much patience. If you enjoy McCullough's books, however, you will enjoy this one.

Marilyn Dalrymple

 

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