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Delayed Diagnosis: Rhea Lynch, M.D., Book 1 | [Gwen Hunter]

Delayed Diagnosis: Rhea Lynch, M.D., Book 1

Dr. Rhea Lynch left a suffocating life in Charleston to practice medicine in the ER of a small South Carolina Hospital. Now, Dawkins County is her home, a place that holds the only real family she's ever known. But when she returns from vacation, Rhea is shocked to discover that her best friend, Marisa, is near death and unable to communicate. The official diagnosis: a paralyzing stroke. Despite the family's attempts to keep her away, Rhea is determined to make her own diagnosis.
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Audible Editor Reviews

All the professional calm that Dr. Rhea Lynch learned in medical school deserts her when her closest friend suffers what appears to be a catastrophic stroke. Soon, Dr. Lynch learns that the stroke is more mysterious than it appears, especially when other patients start coming in to the ER of her small South Carolina hospital with all the same symptoms. Will she be able to find the real culprit in time? This is a fast-paced medical mystery skillfully narrated by performer Carol Hendrickson, who does an excellent and enjoyable South Carolina accent. Listeners who love feisty female heroines, medical mysteries, and tightly-plotted thrillers will enjoy this first installment of the Rhea Lynch series.

Publisher's Summary

Dr. Rhea Lynch left a suffocating life in Charleston to practice medicine in the ER of a small South Carolina Hospital. Now, Dawkins County is her home, a place that holds the only real family she's ever known.

But when she returns from vacation, Rhea is shocked to discover that her best friend, Marisa, is near death and unable to communicate. The official diagnosis: a paralyzing stroke. Despite the family's attempts to keep her away, Rhea is determined to make her own diagnosis.

In a surreptitious examination, a hideous truth is revealed. Then a man is brought into her ER with similar symptoms. And then another. Each one of her patients has been willfully, brutally, silenced in a most inhuman way. Desperate to find answers, Rhea must determine who she can trust, as a powerful conspiracy threatens the people she loves - and perhaps the entire community.

©2001 Gwen Hunter (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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    wanda United States 01-11-14
    wanda United States 01-11-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Good story, lousy performance"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Not with this narrator/reader.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Protagonist very engaging.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Carol Hendrickson?

    Someone who does not have rapid pressured speech. She was almost aggressive in her narrative.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Not really. It was just a good story that kept me engaged despite the horrible reader.


    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    donnachandler 06-18-14

    An avid book reader who absolutely loves having the opportunity to carry my favorite books everywhere I go and listen to them anytime I want

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    "Slow to start but, gathers speed for a wild ride"
    If you could sum up Delayed Diagnosis in three words, what would they be?

    Entertaining, enticing, unpredictable.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    This is one that I was not able to predict.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    As an animal lover, her experience with the dumped dog touched my heart.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Designing Women meets Murder She Wrote.


    Any additional comments?

    I have been looking for another series to grab my attention. In the beginning, I will admit the extreme southern accent was hard to tolerate and I had to make myself listen. However as I got further into the book, the southern charm, traditions and nuance's made the accent fit perfectly with the character, to the point I could actually visualize the character and settings.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kerilyn 05-22-15
    Kerilyn 05-22-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Good book overall with one complaint"

    I really enjoyed the story and it was well narrated, but if I had to hear one more time about how dry the doctor's skin was and whether she was able to apply jojoba oil, I was ready to scream. I kept thinking that it was going to make sense in the end, but it wasn't part of the plot after all. Just annoying!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Vicki New Albany, IN, United States 04-28-15
    Vicki New Albany, IN, United States 04-28-15 Member Since 2011

    71-year-old grandmother who has been an avid reader all my life. I have recently retired from being a litigation attorney (for Plaintiffs).

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    "Great Medical Novel. I will probably get more of"

    I always enjoyed this author's series about the world of medical examiners. This book is similar in style and the characters are pretty good. I would not rate this book as one of the best, but it is well worth the read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sharon in Surrey Vancouver, Canada 04-12-15
    Sharon in Surrey Vancouver, Canada 04-12-15 Member Since 2006

    Old Broad with Keyboard

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    "Surprisingly Good"
    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Lots of turns & twists in this story. They sure are mean & nasty in little Southern towns!!! There were so many things going on that I never did figure out who the really bad guy was.


    Have you listened to any of Carol Hendrickson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No. I've never read or listened to anything by this reader before but I like her style. She did a good job with the characters & pronounced all the medical terms properly.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes. I was in my home office doing data entry & worked until dawn so I could finish the book.


    Any additional comments?

    I'll be buying more books in this series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    BookReader Chicago, IL, United States 04-09-15
    BookReader Chicago, IL, United States 04-09-15 Member Since 2001
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    Any additional comments?

    Read by Carol Hendrickson, Delayed Diagnosis is just over ten hours of listening. This is Book 1 in the Rhea Lynch, MD series of mysteries. Rhea Lynch returns from a vacation to chaos. Her best friend is near catatonic, cannot speak, diagnosed with having had a stroke. More people show up in the ER with similar symptoms. But … it is not a stroke, rather a devious, diabolic attempt to silence individuals who know the truth. Evil beyond description. Who done it? Rhea Lynch digs. Take a ride with Delayed Diagnosis and find out!

    Nice introduction to a character, however, if I were to have my druthers, the author would taper back with the educational medical verbiage. Speaking metaphorically, I wasn't too interested in how the watch was built, only that it was ticking. Robin Cook, author of medical thrillers such as Coma and Outbreak, would like this story, right up his alley. Narration is great, no trouble discerning who-says-what-to-who ... no trouble sticking with this story, a page turner. Enjoy

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    curlythecat 11-04-14
    curlythecat 11-04-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Super read"
    If you could sum up Delayed Diagnosis in three words, what would they be?

    I have to use more than 3 words. Fast paced,great characters and the perfect reader.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I enjoyed many of the characters, but Rhea Lynch was my favorite. Plenty of pluck but human too!


    What about Carol Hendrickson’s performance did you like?

    Ms Hendrickson's performance was perfect for this book. Her accent gave real breath to the characters. Never allowed you to leave the South.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The acquisition of Bell was very sweet and real. But Rhea really needed to put in the "doggy door".


    Any additional comments?

    Can't wait to read the next Dr Lynch book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Judy 08-10-14
    Judy 08-10-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Reads like a romance novel"
    Would you try another book from Gwen Hunter and/or Carol Hendrickson?

    No


    How could the performance have been better?

    Maybe a better narrator.


    Was Delayed Diagnosis worth the listening time?

    Well yes but certainly won't read the rest of the series


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    7/7/14
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    "First story in an interesting series"
    If you could sum up Delayed Diagnosis in three words, what would they be?

    Entertaining listening


    Any additional comments?

    Several years ago I read the second and third books in this series but never got hold of the first and so when I found it on audible I bought it and thoroughly enjoyed it. Parts stretch credulity a bit but it was very entertaining and I went on to buy the rest of the series. If you like family stories with a mystery turn based round a medical theme you will enjoy this.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Deb
    Slyne, United Kingdom
    1/27/14
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    "So hard to listen too"
    If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I have no idea it was really difficult to listen to


    What could Gwen Hunter have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Asked someone else to narate it


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    For me it was dredful


    Any additional comments?

    I bought this from the sale option which did not offer a sound sample - if I had listend to the narator I would not have downloaded it - very dissapointed

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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