By: David Bajo
An intense psychological thriller, David Bajo’s, Mercy 6, will have you reeling as you try to keep up with an adventurous ER doctor fighting to solve what caused four people to drop dead at the same moment. There is no knife wielding or gun toting killer in Bajo’s latest work. Even worse, a silent and indiscriminate killer is taking the lives of hospital patients and staff. What is thought to be a rapidly evolving virus might be much, much more. The fast paced tempo of the emergency room is the perfect backdrop for Mercy 6, and it can be felt, like a pulse, through the final pages. Mystery, intrigue, danger and a race against the clock all converge to make this a pulse pounding, read while you’re walking around because you can’t sit still kind of book.
David Bajo’s writing style in Mercy 6 is frantic and jumpy which fits in with the story. The plot that he has pulled together for this book is intensely creative yet believable at the same time. The characters are well developed throughout the book rather than from the start so the reader continues to glean insight and information throughout the whole book. The setting for the book is an entire hospital, giving the reader a comprehensive and intimate look at the inner workings and structure of these mammoth buildings without ever having to step inside. It was a good read that will hold your attention and leave you thinking. By the time you finish this book you will already be looking for his next book.
This was my first encounter with David Bajo’s writing. I have to say that it was refreshingly different – both the style and story. Mercy 6 was an intricate and interesting story which kept pace with the characters and their surroundings very well. There were no real lulls or boring parts to this book, nothing to gloss or skip over. In fact, if you did gloss over anything, there is a good chance that two pages later you’ll be flipping back to reread what you missed.