Monday, February 24, 2014

Doing Harm by Kelly Parsons

“It's amazing that there are so many different ways to die in a hospital that have nothing to do with being sick…”

Steve Mitchell, happily married with a wife and two kids, is in line for a coveted position at Boston's University Hospital when his world goes awry. His over-reaching ambition causes him to botch a major surgery, and another of his patients mysteriously dies. Steve’s nightmare goes from bad to worse when he learns that the mysterious death was no accident but the act of a sociopath.  A sociopath he knows and who has information that could destroy Steve’s career and marriage.  A sociopath for whom killing is more than a means to an end: it’s a game.  Because he is under a cloud of suspicion and has no evidence, he knows that any accusations he makes won’t be believed. So he must struggle to turn the tables, even as the killer skillfully blocks his every move. Detailing the politics of hospitals, the hierarchy among doctors and the life and death decisions that are made by flawed human beings, Doing Harm marks the debut of a major fiction career.

This book was a great! It has been some time since a book has gripped me to the point where my heart was in my throat. There is a surgery scene that was so well written that you can actually feel the tension. You just knew something bad is going to happen yet you can’t read fast enough. 

Parsons did a great job of putting the reader in the middle of the action right along with the characters. Without giving too much away, Dr. Mitchell is cruising through life just waiting for a promotion when he starts losing patients. Turns out one of his acquaintances is a psychopath who is murdering patients and it’s up to Dr. Mitchell to stop them. Not only does he not want the patients to die but they’re making it look like it’s Dr. Mitchell who is getting them killed with his carelessness. What a great thriller from a first time author!  

Doing Harm is also available as an audiobook.  You can listen to a sample HERE.


*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.  Roberta 

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