The Journals of Eleanor Druse: My Investigation of the Kingdom Hospital Incident
Hyperion, 2004 (2004)
Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth
leanor Druse has spent the better part of her seventy-five years interested in the paranormal. Armed with her crystals, she plans to visit a childhood friend who is a patient at Kingdom Hospital after a suicide attempt. Soon it appears that this friend has succeeded in killing herself. Eleanor believes to the contrary.
leanor has a mysterious seizure, which requires her to be tested at Boston General Hospital. Though her brain shows signs of seizure activity, she is sure she had a mystical experience, not a physical one. She returns to her home in Lewiston, Maine to attempt to contact a child whom she feels is wandering between this world and the next. Eleanor is certain that there is a connection between a stay that she and her friend had as children at Kingdom Hospital and today's events.
he Journals of Eleanor Druse
is an exciting, Stephen King-ish story, with all the attendant otherworldly happenings. Many fascinating medical tests and their accompanying terminology are cited, as are various types of pharmacology. Though, being profoundly medically challenged, I found it difficult to wade through this material, that did not diminish the rapidity with which I turned pages.
loved the character of Eleanor Druse – unafraid of what the future holds for her, at peace with her place in the world and not afraid to leave it, interested and interesting. I especially liked her relationship with an old lover. '
Only once, but for the ages.
' At seventy-five, she and I would be contemporaries - I would like Eleanor as a friend. And though her son seems improbable as the offspring of such a woman, he is fun to read about.
leanor's journals - a record of her experiences as a patient and of the unexplainable events at Kingdom Hospital - give her a lead to what happened to her as a child. The book's cover is printed in a day-glo color that shines in the dark! Though I'm not sure I can believe all that is written in
The Journals of Eleanor Druse
, I sure can enjoy the telling.
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