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.
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.
I am an avid eclectic reader.
This is book one in the Rhea Lynch MD series. Dr. Lynch moved from Charleston to practice medicine in the ER of a small South Carolina hospital in Dawkin County.
Dr. Lynch returns from vacation to find her best friend near death form a stroke. Her family blocks Lynch from visiting her. Then a man is brought into the ER with similar symptoms, then another and another. A powerful conspiracy affects the entire community. Lynch discovers it is not a stroke but whatever it is, it was caused on purpose.
The pace is fast, lots of riveting ER action. The story is full of suspense, well drawn characters and a strong story line. I am enjoying this easy to read book that is full of suspense and humor. I have learned a number of southern expressions that I have never heard before. I am glad to have discovered the writings of Gwen Hunter. I read this as an audiobook downloaded from Audible. Carol Hendrickson narrated the book.
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
Entertaining, enticing, unpredictable.
This is one that I was not able to predict.
As an animal lover, her experience with the dumped dog touched my heart.
Designing Women meets Murder She Wrote.
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.
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!
71-year-old grandmother who has been an avid reader all my life. I have recently retired from being a litigation attorney (for Plaintiffs).
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.
Old Broad with Keyboard
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.
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.
Yes. I was in my home office doing data entry & worked until dawn so I could finish the book.
I'll be buying more books in this series.
Not with this narrator/reader.
Protagonist very engaging.
Someone who does not have rapid pressured speech. She was almost aggressive in her narrative.
Not really. It was just a good story that kept me engaged despite the horrible reader.
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
I have to use more than 3 words. Fast paced,great characters and the perfect reader.
I enjoyed many of the characters, but Rhea Lynch was my favorite. Plenty of pluck but human too!
Ms Hendrickson's performance was perfect for this book. Her accent gave real breath to the characters. Never allowed you to leave the South.
The acquisition of Bell was very sweet and real. But Rhea really needed to put in the "doggy door".
Can't wait to read the next Dr Lynch book!
Maybe a better narrator.
Well yes but certainly won't read the rest of the series
"First story in an interesting series"
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.
"Good entertaining novel"
Probably would listen to the book again I thought it was quite an interesting story and quite gripping towards the end. First of a series and I am now half way through the second despite the narrator see below
Hard to say without giving too much away but the whole book was a bit different I don't normally read medical detective stories but the detail is quite believable I am not medically qualified though so a real medical person might disagree
Yes I didn't like the narration at all which is a shame far too urgent I don't think the voice fitted the character at all.
Good introduction to a series I will be listening to the others
"So hard to listen too"
I have no idea it was really difficult to listen to
Asked someone else to narate it
For me it was dredful
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
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