Monday, April 13, 2009

The Second Opinion by Michael Palmer

Instead of joining her influential father's staff, Dr. Thea Sperelakis left the states because she felt a traditional medical position would be difficult for her due to her Asperberger's Syndrome. Shortly after learning that her father is in a coma from a hit and run accident, Thea leaves her Doctors Without Borders assignment to attend to him in Boston. It is unsettling for her to see Petros, the renowned and well-respected doctor known as the lion, in a state of such vulnerability.

Understanding that the situation is dire and for their own selfish reasons, her twin siblings think that they should remove the life support, but Thea thinks otherwise, especially when she discovers her father has Locked-In Syndrome, which enables him to communicate to Thea through his coma by blinking.

Dimitri, the oldest Sperelakis child, who is highly intelligent but also on the autism spectrum, believes that it couldn't have been an accident by the way the car struck his father. Thea also suspects foul play and so she embarks on an investigation to find out who and why someone was trying to kill her father. With the help of a handsome ex-cop, Thea will encounter a trail of medical deception that will put her own life in danger.

This is the first medical thriller by Palmer that I have read, and I must say that I really enjoyed it and hope to read more by this author in the future! Palmer, a medical doctor, definitely is a force to be reckoned with in the medical thriller genre.

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