disclaimer – i received an e-galley of this book from st. martin’s press in return for an honest review.
dr. steve martin has close to the perfect life. he’s happily married with two adorable daughters. he’s a chief resident at university hospital in boston and is looking forward to the possibility of appointment to a prestigious teaching position. and he absolutely loves being a surgeon. when his mentor asks him to assist on a rare and ambitious surgery, dr. martin is flattered and ready – until his mentor gets called away to another case during the surgery and everything goes horribly wrong in a heartbeat. until another patient of his dies suddenly and mysteriously. until dr. martin realizes that he’s caught up in a deadly game of cat and mouse with a psychopath with a goal and the means to bring it to fruition.
kelly parson‘s medical thriller is simply sensational and i finished it in less than two days. he takes what could be a formulaic premise and adds just enough twists and turns to make it stick in the reader’s mind. he doesn’t present readers with a perfect protagonist in dr. martin; in fact, he is extremely flawed and like a lot of people, brilliant in his field but clueless in life. and, in addition to the interplay between the characters, he presents questions about patient privacy, hospital security, and medical ethics that ring very true in today’s society.
doing harm is a fantastic first novel that doesn’t provide a tied-with-a-bow conclusion and i liked that. it presents a fascinating look at the world of medical professionals and, like the best of robin cook‘s novels, will make a lot of readers question their next stay at a hospital.
five out of five stars.