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A Doctor in the House

I am a little partial to a medical related fiction book from time to time. Here are five that I have read and enjoyed.
book coverWell I am reading this one at present. In this one we have a competent woman neurosurgeon, who is dealing with anxiety attacks and a past that haunts her dreams. As she comes apart, she decides to go back and see if see can find those missing memories and heal. It’s set in London, New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina and the Great Barrier Island off the coast of New Zealand.

book coverThis is the first book I read by Kimberly Martin. In this book we have a female urologist who comes up against some discrimination of the LGBTQ community patients that has her standing up for what she believes. At some point I want to read her previous book. The author is actually a doctor herself.

Robyn Carr presents us with a much loved character in Maggie Sullivan in her first book of Sullivan’s Crossing.  She too is a neurosurgeon. She is under pressure and in danger of burnout so she returns to Sullivan’s Crossing to recuperate. This is a romance, so she finds someone who just might help with that recovery.

book cover The Gilded Hour is historical fiction set back in 1883 in the USA. It has as its central characters Dr. Anna Savard and her cousin Sophie an obstetrician. They doctor to the poor and this is a book that highlights terrible discrimination. It’s pretty bleak! There is a second book that carries their lives on further but I haven’t read that one.

book cover To round off the list, the last one is a medical thriller. I read this back in 2014 so its somewhat hazy compared to the other four. Dr. Abbey Matteo is on a cardiac team that do heart transplants. She finds herself confronted with someone who receives a heart, who wasn’t in line for one. A rich one. Where did the heart come from? She investigates!  Grisly and horrifying. Not my usual read!


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Harvest. Tess Gerritsen

Harvest  Tess Gerritsen

Tess Gerritsen
Date: 2007. 1st published 1996
Format: Large print hardcover
Pages: 445
Genre: Medical Thriller
Source: Local library

In the ER of a Boston hospital, a tale of twisted terror lies waiting…Dr Abby Di Matteo – a second-year surgical student in Boston Bayside’s elite cardiac team – is about to make a decision that will jeopardize her career.

A car-crash victim’s healthy heart is ready to be harvested, having been cross-matched to a private patient, forty-six year-old Nina Voss. Instead Abby makes sure the transplant goes to a dying seventeen-year-old boy who is also a perfect match. The repercussions leave her plagued with self-doubt. Suddenly a new heart appears, and the transplant is completed. Then she makes a terrible discovery. The new heart has not come through the proper channels.

Defying the hospital’s demands for silence, Abby begins her own investigation that reveals an intricate and murderous chain of deceptions …WITH A NEW INTRODUCTION BY THE AUTHOR

My thoughts
Harvest is a very well written chilling medical thriller by Tess Gerritsen.  I don’t usually read this genre, however The Eclectic Reading Challenge called for one, so Harvest was my choice.  I have mixed feelings about it.  The book itself was excellent, but very unsettling to think this could actually happen – and it’s not beyond the realms of belief.
Abby is one gutsy medical resident, she notices things and queries things.  It is a big mystery as to where a heart comes from for Nina Voss, after Abby manages to channel a heart to a young teen boy who is in desperate need of it.  She eventually talks to Vivian Chao, a talented doctor who has left the hospital for another appointment.  Vivian is not ‘team’ material.  Abby finds that doctors have died in mysterious circumstances and what she finds is that it is not as it has been made to seem. Could she too be in danger?
Abby turns to Katzka – a policeman, to help her with her fears of what is happening in her hospital. Eventually with many twists and turns the grisly truth is evident.  Abby finds that some of those she worked with, even loved, were not trustworthy or in any way compassionate, they have been involved with something very sinister.  A Russian mafia like group are at work – bringing live people for heart donations.  Yakov one of those boys, suspects something and at the very end he is able to turn the tide.
Chilling, suspenseful and well written.  However I won’t be reaching very soon for any more medical thrillers! Too well written for me!
4 stars
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