Monday, 5 December 2016

The Easy Way Out: Steven Amsterdam review

The Easy Way Out

By: Steven Amsterdam
Rating: 3.5 Star

Evan is a palliative care nurse and a registered, legal, suicide assistant. For patients that want to end their lives, Evan and team provide a service to assist.

Steven Amsterdam is obviously not afraid to tackle deep, complicated, and hotly debated issues in his novels. Easy Way Out centres on one of the biggest debates there is.

By placing Evan as the central character in this story, Amsterdam gets to explore the theme of assisted suicide from a number of perspectives and viewpoints.

Evan's character in the story believes in the right of patients to choose to end their own lives but he doesn't tell any of his friends what his day job entails. As the story progresses, we see a lot of conflict between Evan and the hospital authorities who regulate the circumstances around assisted suicide. Evan's also has to deal with his own mother's deteriorating health and her own potential wishes in the near future. 

Taking a step away from the powerful plotline, the characters in this story are all well-rounded and you will either love or hate Evan's mother Viv. 

 didn't really warm to Evan's character in this story which reduced my overall enjoyment of the text a little but I'd still recommend this book.

I received a free copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.