Advance Review: Eight Lives

★★★★★43397089

David Tran is dead. The young doctor was poised to revolutionize immunology with his miracle drug, but just as the first clinical trial is set to begin, he dies under mysterious circumstances. Eight Lives begins in the aftermath as those close to Tran recount their intertwined histories, trying to piece together the truth of this tragedy, unprepared for the secrets they’ll uncover about the “Golden Boy” of Australian medicine.

Eight Lives is Susan Hurley’s debut novel, and what an spectacular debut it is. One of the aspects of this novel that captured me the most was the technical detail interwoven. Fear not, the impeccable pacing isn’t slowed a bit. Instead Hurley enhances every turn of the plot with expertise, her decades of experience in medical research shining through as she shines light on an industry so vital, but so little known.

But this is more than a thoroughly researched thriller, Eight Lives is woven together with incredible precision. The story is told from the perspectives of David’s sister, his childhood friend, his lab assistant, his long-time girlfriend, and a “fixer” employed by his investors. Their stories, though many of them have nothing in common besides their relation to David, come together elegantly. Each holds a crucial piece to the puzzle and it is a thrill to watch realizations coalesce between parties that are, at times, completely at odds with one another. The truth of David’s death comes together slowly and painstakingly. It took my breath away as the truth was finally realized and Eight Lives has been in my thoughts for days since I finished. I’m certain this is one of those books you’ll have to read twice to truly appreciate.


Eight Lives by Affirm Press
Genre: Thriller
Length: 314 pages
Publisher: Affirm Press
Pub. Date: March 26, 2019
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Book Depository | Booktopia

1 thought on “Advance Review: Eight Lives”

  1. […] I have been extremely picky with the books I’ve picked up this year which has resulted in a lot of five-star reviews (and probably the impression that I’m super lenient). About 8 books come to mind with this question, but I’ll go with one that I think deserves some more love: Eight Lives. This was one of my earlier reads of the year, and it absolutely blew me away. It had been over a year since a book shocked me the way Eight Lives did and I can’t recommend it highly enough. Full review here. […]

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