Double Helix Book Review
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Double Helix book review

Nancy Werlin
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Title: Double Helix

Author: Nancy Werlin

Story Rating
7.0 out of a possible 10.0
Book review by: Rob
Review submitted on 10/08/2007 at 01:46:44

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Illustrations Rating
5.0 out of a possible 10.0

Rob writes the following about Double Helix :
Nancy Werlin's suspenseful piece, Double Helix, is a gripping story featuring a series of events that click together as one eventually, but gradually build up to the climax as Eli Samuels, a young and fresh intern to Wyatt Transgenics tries to maintain the hardships and his self-esteem between relationships, his occupation, and his internal issues. From the beginning, Eli, verbally combats with his father, Johnathon, showing an uneasiness in emotions between the two. Constantly is there tension from discussing the issues concerning Eli's mother, who suffers from Huntington's Disease, to Eli himself. Johnathon claims Eli is too secretive and feels he should share more of himself so his father can set the standard for trust back to what it originally was. Gradually does this get worked out as foretelling events bring Eli closer to his father bonding with him along the way. During all of this, Eli finds his girlfriend, Vivian Fadiman as a sort of ethical backbone to his stress and exhaustion due to her ability to openly discuss anything and relate to the issues in a calm natured fashion. Viv, as shortened by Eli, is a charming and wise individual that helps Eli through roughly everything internal and external that he comes across. Whether its being the middleman to work things out with Johnathon, or unveiling blueprint copies of Wyatt Transgenic's building array to Eli's curiousity factor, Viv is definitely that central character in Eli's life. Eli, claims that his application and attempt to start employment for Dr. Quincy Wyatt was a "drunken impulse" and regrets sending the email that would soon change the near future. “I went to work for Wyatt—and suddenly my carefully compartmentalized life fell apart", Eli remarks as he unknowingly and accurately depicts the series of events soon to occur. Eli first meets Dr. Wyatt with nothing short of a jittery and nervous manner with his superiority as a scientist, but that is soon relieved when Eli is quickly accepted into employment into a high paying and lab enviroment, DNA data coding occupation. Eli somewhat enjoys his job as it gives him a temporary escape from the outside world, allowing him to zone out and think about other not so important matters. Also, due to the fact his test subjects are fluffy, soft silk-like coated rabbits, Eli takes advantage of this and adapts to his make-do pet, Foo-Foo, a genetically altered rabbit, that stands out from the rest of the slew of subjects. Eli's occupation is very crediting as it helps him get closer to figuring out who he is and how he came about being individualized as a negative for Huntington's Disease. Eli deals with a number of internal issues throughout the book. Some of things he faces are how he feels about his mother, why his father has such a profound hatred for Wyatt, and why Wyatt seems to observe and pay closer attention to Eli. One of the topics that constantly resides in the back of Eli's mind is the fact his father refuses to discuss the background of Eli and why he such an ill hatred for Wyatt. Eli can't seem to figure out why his father acts as he does, but slowly does his rage for Wyatt cool as they talk things through and come closer as a father to son connection. There is much suspense up until he actually finds out exactly what it is that keeps Johnathon's fury ticking, which Eli's internal confliction is accompanied by knowing Wyatt was actually beneficial to him and his mother and Eli can't seem to quite makeout why his father would have such a fury. Eli also notices from the point he walked through the door of Wyatt Transgenics, he was bizarrely observated by Dr. Wyatt's odd fascination for Eli and wondered exactly why. Eli comes to the conclusion there is something deeper into this and follows along safe lines taking it slow in conversation and holding his ground as he discovers more about Wyatt and his studies. What fuses this as a whole is the fit, prestine Kayla Matheson who has a striking yet weird resemblance to Eli's mother, in her earlier days. With all of these matters to encompass and live among, Eli's curiousity and ambition slowly lead him to the final draw of internal conflict, discovering new grounds near the end of the book. Double Helix is a fine book and worth the read for those interested in a dramatic suspense thriller who can accept Werlin's background information and writing abilities which her in creating this piece with such a skin-rippling, ambiguous ending. So, with features like Eli's self-esteem between relationships, his occupation, and his internal issues, this book deserves a firm 7. Rated by that factor simply as 250 pages seemed a bit lengthy for the type of output this story will leave the reader with.
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