The Organ Broker: A Novel - Stu Strumwasser

I do feel a bit like the odd one out with this book, seeing as it has almost all 5-star reviews, but despite the fact that I didn't think it was a bad book at all, I wouldn't give it the full 5 stars.


It started really good, I was immediately curious to find out what was happening, and most of all why he wanted to dispose of his partner. Near the end the story lost me a little bit, it also felt a bit too long since I guessed what was going to happen quite early on in the book. New York Jack's personal story line was a bit too convenient (and out of the blue) for my liking, which is probably why I never really connected with any of those characters.


And although it's of course a good thing this book draws attention to the donor waiting lists problems in the US (as well as in Europe) it felt a bit too much like it was forcing me to do something. Stating it is obviously no problem, but at the fourth/fifth repetition of how easy it was if you just registered and how many people are dying because of the lack of a donor I kind of was fed up with it. Don't get me wrong, I'm a registered donor myself and I think a system where people are a donor unless they choose not to is the best system, but I hate being pushed by anyone into anything, and besides I don't think it would help. I don't think that people who didn't do anything after the first three times it's mentioned will change their opinion and actions after yet another mention. At worst, it annoys them like it did to me.


Thanks to the publisher and Edelweiss for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!