|Plot Summary of Covenants|
Atlantic Bridge, 2003
Needing to pay off her medical school bills, wannabe genetics research scientist Dr. Bridget O'Keefe signs a three contract to work at the Well Baby Clinic in Lacrimas, North Carolina. Lilith Harker takes the newcomer under her wing, providing Bridget with a guard dog and introducing the doctor to her family. That is part of her kin as she fails to present one of her two brothers, Nathaniel, who hides in plain sight from everyone.
During a routine blood sample of Lilith's younger sibling Shiloh, Bridget's genetics expertise enables her to notice anomalies. She forwards a sample to her former teacher at Duke and soon everyone is interested in what appears to be a universal donor of artificial blood. Claiming a ruse, Bridget begins investigating this genetic oddity while forging a deep friendship with her mentor and falling in love with the shadow man.
Combining deep complex relationships inside a terse medical romantic thriller, Barbara Karmazin provides her audience with a powerful tale of the impact of a welcomed outsider on a closely knit Southern family. Bridget is a great protagonist who struggles between a discovery that feels to her like betrayal and joining the group that has welcomed her as a full blooded member. Besides loving the name Lilith Harker, readers, who are unaware of Ms. Karmazin, need to obtain this fine book and DOWN CAME A BLACKBIRD as both are great novels.
Harriet Klausner, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of Covenants|
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Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Composition of Book
descript. of violence and chases - 10%
Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives - 20%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 50%
How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) - 20%
Tone of story
- suspenseful (sophisticated fear)
Time/era of story:
- present (2000-2010)
- bio manip. to get new abilities
Kid or adult book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
How much violence does he/she use?
How sensitive is this character?
- sensitive to others' feelings
Sense of humor
- Mostly serious with occasional humor
- Smarter than most other characters
- very athletic
- mostly 3rd
Accounts of torture and death?
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
How many deaths?
- 0 (not a murder mystery)
Amount of dialog
- significantly more dialog than descript
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