There are many ways to die in a hospital…being sick is only one of them.
Chief resident Steve Mitchell is the quintessential surgeon: ambitious, intelligent, confident. Charged with molding a group of medical trainees into doctors, and in line for a coveted job, Steve's future is bright. But then a patient mysteriously dies, and it quickly becomes clear that a killer is on the loose in his hospital. A killer set on playing a deadly game with Steve. A killer holding information that could ruin his career and marriage. Now, alone and under a cloud of suspicion, Steve must discover a way to outsmart his opponent and save the killer's next victim before the cycle repeats itself again and again….
A chilling and compelling thriller that also takes you into the hospital and details the politics and hierarchy among doctors, as well as the life-and-death decisions that are made by flawed human beings, Kelly Parsons' Doing Harm marks the gripping debut of a major fiction career.
©2014 Kelly Parsons (P)2013 Macmillan Audio
The author of this medical mystery is an actual board-certified urologist . As a result of his background, the medical procedures are all very graphic and realistic, and hospital protocol probably exactly what you would expect. The plot isn't a completely new idea, and the writing style is much like Robin Cook or Michael Palmer. There are some good tense moments of suspense which could have really built up as the story progressed- unfortunately, it takes a big fall. I never liked or cared about what happened to our main character, as he was made out to be a thick-headed, arrogant, and weak individual.
I love medical thrillers, and am willing to suspend some realism, however could not get past how our main character becomes immature and ridiculous when faced with his situation. He is supposed to be self-assured, intelligent, smart, an extremely quick learner, and admired by all who know him. It doesn't follow that we should believe the decisions he makes.
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Chief Resident Steve Mitchell, is on track to take on a big job at University Hospital. When his patients begin to die, his glowing reputation quickly declines, and instead of being promoted, he may lose his job. There are a lot of ways to die in a hospital- natural causes from the original injury or accident, infection, doctor error, etc. Although his patient's deaths are seemingly the result of something that was likely unavoidable, the real reason is---gasp!--- murder.
This "smart" Chief Resident is finally made aware of who the murderer is, and is being blackmailed by this person due to another matter which could ruin his career. The murderer makes him aware that more deaths will occur, and here is where the unbelievable part starts----he decides to just stay silent to avoid losing his marriage and job!!----- He does take some lame steps to try and figure out what to do by telling a co-worker about what is going on. As the storyline becomes more bizarre, the co-worker simply believes his story (no proof required) and says he will figure out what to do. He won't tell this Chief Resident what steps he is taking, as it may be too dangerous for him to know--and wouldn't you know it, the co-worker is also murdered (but of course, it is made to look like something else)
So now what to do? What did the co-worker find out? Chief Resident figures out a code from prior conversations with helpful co-worker, follows it up and is given more secret codes to unravel before he can finally figure out a way to trap the murderer at his/her own game. Why all the secret codes? No reason.
I'll stop here because after reading this story I was completely frustrated, and writing a review about it makes me even more so! I feel like people are entitled to know more before possibly wasting a credit - wish I had known!
This is the first book I ever reviewed where I felt compelled to include a big spoiler alert.
THE author really needed to realize that he is not that important. Character development was insufficient and disjointed.
When I heard this has been an audible production....
Nice to hear the correct pronunciations of medical terms! The narrator did an A+ job with that as well as believable character voices.
The Last Surgeon by Michael Palmer. Similar theme, setting and some parallel situations.
Can't reveal - spoiler.
Yes but it was in the epilogue, so again another spoiler I can't reveal.
It's not often I give a 5-star rating but giving this rating to "Doing Harm" was an easy decision. When rating a book there's a lot that goes into my thought process: character development, plot progression, fact-checking, consistency (or lack of) with dialogue, scenes, writing style, etc. Do the major characters stay true to themselves? And if growth or depth of character take place over many chapters, is it a logical progression in the reader's eyes? Most of all, does the pace align with the genre? To all of the above, this thriller receives 100% in the "YES" category.
Delivered in first-person narrative, our protagonist is 31-year-old Dr. Steve Mitchell, Chief resident and surgeon at a University Hospital. Steve's career path looks promising in his last year as a resident, but as the foreshadowing title suggests, "doing harm" (even unwittingly) can result in major repercussions. Steve's ego, moderately inflated by his superiors' praise and his patients' "awe" lead him to make a few careless decisions whose consequences ultimately change his life. But is there more going on than meets the eye? Is it too coincidental that Murphy's Law, "what can go wrong will go wrong", kick-in and apply to every poor decision Steve makes (even the minor ones)? And this is where the story really picks up speed in a race against time where it really is a matter of life or death!
I've been wanting (waiting) for medical thriller like "Doing Harm" for a long time. Kelly Parsons does a fantastic job of giving the readers just enough medical jargon to create plausibility but doesn't bore us with TMI. This book is the perfect recipe containing every ingredient you'd want in a good suspense/mystery novel. The story is well-balanced and will appeal to most all mystery/suspense/thriller aficionados, from cozy mystery readers to the Stephen King or John Grisham fans. Truly a thoroughly enjoyable, unputdownable, modern classic!
This book was a fun ride from beginning to end. I appreciated the accuracy of the medical terminology and don't agree with the other reviewers that it seemed "arrogant." Rather, the thorough medical explanations of how easy it is for things to go wrong in hospitals was eye-opening. I thought it was a unique and twisted plot and the book kept me on the edge of my seat.
Yes, it did! It keeps you guessing on who might be the next victim and how.
The narration was engaging and fluid.
Oh yeah. But I don't want to give away any spoilers.
Probably not. The main character is this awful conceited d***head.
This is my first.
He is an ok narrator.
Some of the plot twists were way over the top, but I enjoyed the inside look at the lives of the interns, residents and medical students. If you like medical thrillers, a fast pace and the usual psycho bitch from hell, then you will like this novel.
As a doctor, I appreciated the attention to the details of the human anatomy, biochemistry, and the possibilities of errors.. It kept me listening (way past when I should have gone to bed!)
Interesting characters, storyline, and I loved the fact that the author is also a doctor. It gives the writing credibility, and realism. As the story gathered momentum, I had to keep listening to see what would happen next!
I have listened to over 250 books in the last 10 years. I tend to listen to certain authors and try to read all their books. I listen while exercising and driving which makes the time past enjoyable.
I would leave out some of the medical details . It is a very impractical plot.
If you are not in the medical field you would constantly challenging the scenarios and if you are a layperson you would have difficulty understanding some of the situations. I know it is written by a physician, but is is more fantasy than reality.
Obviously the lead character, Chief resident Steve Mitchell as he solve the medical puzzle,
Sort of, but it was well read, allowing you to identify the characters.
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
One on hand, being involved in the medical field, I appreciated the exactness of the medical terminology and procedures. On the other hand, if you are not familiar with this professional, you could still listen, but the technical stuff could possibility turn you off and leave a bitter taste in your mouth.
Finally at the end of the book when you think he has been beaten, and "circling the drain" the person who saves him is a total surprise that I really didn't see coming.
I'm not a sadist, but I absolutely enjoyed Gigi. How her mind works, her methods and games just really make you stop and wonder how the mind goes to such a dark place. She may have been insane, but she was brilliant and cunning in her delivery.
At many points I had to stop and look at the time left til the end and decide if I wanted to devote that much time to the book. It was a LONG listen and there was so much that was not needed to develop the characters. There were points where I wondered how someone so insecure and immature could make it through medical school. I finally got into it about half way through.
It is a good start to a series. Michael Palmer, Robin Cook and other medical writers have nothing to worry about. She isn't going to win over any of their fans. Actually, the author might want to read a couple of their books and see how the best writers do it and learn a few things.
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