Doing Harm

Doing Harm

by Kelly Parsons
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Doing Harm 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
jayfwms More than 1 year ago
This book moves like a heavily-laden freight train. It starts slowly as the characters are introduced and we learn more about hospitals, surgery and pharmacology then we ever thought possible. As the story continues, it gains momentum with twists and turns coming faster and faster. At the conclusion things are moving at a pace so rapid it takes the reader’s breath away as the gut-wrenching issues play out. The conclusion was very satisfying, but unanticipated. You will learn more about medicine than you could imagine, in details that create lasting mental images. There are no stereotypes – each character is real with talents and flaws. If you read this, be prepared to reach a point where you cannot put the book down until you have finished it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Starts slow but then gets really good
quaintinns More than 1 year ago
A medical thriller, which kept me listening, on the edge of my seat, until the end of the epilogue and closing interview with the author. A gripping debut for a major fiction career for Parsons! The audiobook narrator, Robert Petkoff, was a solid reader with a soothing voice, and his performance of some of the patients - a total riot with his sarcastic tones and character private thoughts. Would highly recommend the audiobook, as a narrator can make or break a book, and in this case, Petkoff had it on the mark. Kelly Parsons, a board certified urologist definitely knows the medical jargon, and apparently gets the writer and mystery thriller diagnosis on the money, with DOING HARM. (Will keep you second guessing hospitals and doctors, for sure). The main character Dr. Steve Mitchell, senior surgical resident at a prestigious Boston University Hospital loves power and control, is ambitious, cocky, and as most residents, overworked and sleep deprived. He is married to a smart and intelligent wife, Sally, who gave up her high powered job to stay home with the two young daughters, and finds out she is pregnant soon after the book begins. Two strong powerful women characters - protagonist (Sally) and antagonist (Gigi) –both interacting with the main character Steve, who finds himself in the middle of a nightmare from hell, and is unsure how to escape and save his reputation and family. With an array of medical complications, botched surgery and deaths coming one after another – all pointing towards him, the competent and powerful doctor, begins to second guess himself, especially with the lethal dosage of potassium, which seem to be ordered by no other than himself. As his patients begin dying, Steve realizes that the deaths are not accidents, and he has to stop the deaths before his professional future is irrevocably destroyed…but he can’t tell anyone what is happening without risking both his career and his family. Worn down, Steve has a one-time affair before he realizes she is a dangerous femme fatale intern, sociopath, with a vindictive and psychotic plan to further her career, holding all the cards with an extensive blackmail scheme, involving even more deaths. Steve does not know whom to trust. The stakes are high, adrenaline rush kicking in, fear, and mystery. She challenges him to a game,where if he wins someone lives, if he loses, well, they're dead. Steve is aware he is being set up by this cold blooded psychopath who is forcing him to play a game of cat and mouse (even though he hates cats), strategy before they kill another patient. So loved the funny and sarcastic brilliant lines of Steve’s thoughts throughout the book, keeping me laughing through all the intense scenes. I can only image doctors’ thoughts about patients and their families. With Steve’s undergraduate degree in computer science and hacking, came in handy with his hunt to nail this crazy intern, along with his partner in crime, Louise and his intriguing background. . The plot was well developed, full of suspense, action packed, realistic, page-turning, and fascinating medical terms explained, and character development was right on. An accurate behind the scenes of a hospital, where doctors hold your life in their hands – no wonder they are on a power trip. Makes you wonder what is in the IVs and if you can trust anyone in the medical field – surgeries gone wrong – wonder why? Keeps you guessing . . . hope there is a sequel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Could not put this down it was so good
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I sailed through this book, anxious to see what happens to the characters next, and learned a few things as well. It had me from chapter one.
Caroles_Random_Life More than 1 year ago
Excellent medical thriller! I received an advance reader edition of this book from St. Martin's Press and Net Galley for the purpose of providing an honest review. I am giving this book 4.5 out of 5 stars. This book took quite plot twist and turns which kept the pages flying. While some readers may find some of the medical scenes a bit too realistic, I loved what those details brought to the story. This book was written by a doctor and the surgery scenes definitely were authentic. Dr. Steven Mitchell is the married father of 2 girls. He is a senior resident at University Hospital and loves the surgical aspects of his job. He and his wife Sally both hope that he will be able to continue working at University after he completes his residency. Steve works with Luis at the hospital and the pair will also be working with a medical student, GiGi, for a period of time. Early in the book, Steve has a remarkably bad day in the hospital that ends with one patient dead and another clinging to life. As the death is being reviewed, Steve realizes that he may not be completely responsible for the death. Steve tries to stay one step ahead of the culprit while holding on to the things he holds dear in his life and protecting the hospital's patients. Steve is not always the most likeable character. He starts off in the book with a bit of a cocky attitude which moves into full blown jerk mode at a point. As he finds himself in the middle of a deadly game, he became more relate able. He realizes that he has made mistakes, admits those mistakes, and does his best to move forward. I would recommend this book to anyone who like a fast paced thriller. There are some graphic medical scenes that could bother some readers and intrigue others. I find myself in the second group. I look forward to reading future works from this debut author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love a good medical thriller and found this to be among the best I've ever read. The characters have depth and you either love them or hate them from the get-go. I spent many hours on the couch reading much to the happiness of my cat. He loves it when I find a book I cannot, no matter what, put down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A first rate medical thriller that combines an intriguing plot with superb writing. You will want to read this one!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Won an ARC from Good Reads First Reads Synopsis 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. It's been probably several years since I've read a Medical Mystery. My two favorite authors of this genre are Michael Palmer & Jonathan Kellerman. Has Kelly Parsons reached the level of mastery as these two impeccable authors? Not quite, but I think if he continues along the lines of his debut novel he could become a leading author in this area. Several areas of contention I had was the book did start off a little slowly. However, once the story got fully underway I was totally engrossed & could not put it down. Also, there was a little too much in the way of explaining the medical terminology. I think there is a fine line between explaining to the average reader who doesn't have a thorough understanding of medical lingo what the procedures & such are & going a little overboard on those explanations. I felt it went over that line just a little. A lot of readers will say how they figured out who the culprit was very quickly & that it killed the story for them. Yes it was quite easy to figure out the whodunit of the story & you do find out very early on who it is. I think that is what I liked so much about this book. You then have to try to figure out what Steve is going to do to try to figure out who the next victim will be & what he is going to do to stop the murderer. Let me tell you, myself being a Sterile Processing Dept Technician I was quite thrilled when I read this line "I close my fingers around the metal handle, still warm from the steam sterilizer...." You're probably all wondering why that sentence would get me so excited. I work with steam sterilizers every day, Monday to Friday. Steam sterilizers are one method that ensures sterility of instruments & makes them safe for patient use. So Thank You Kelly Parsons for putting that in there! It might not seem like much, but it really is. Sorry to drift off from my review. Overall I thought this was a very well written & executed novel. For a debut novel I think it is quite top notch. I am very pleased that I won a copy of this & got to enjoy a great book :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book but it seemed to run out of steam in the ending. Suddenly all works out.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well done! I couldn't put the book down. I love medical thrillers and this one is in my top ten! I couldn't guess the ending which is rare.... medical jargon flawless.
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The hallmark of an excellent author is to cause the reader to be totally immersed in the story! Very difficult to put down and truly causes heightened anticipation of what is coming next. Seriously, this is your first book?? I look forward to your next suspenseful thriller!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was able to keep me on my toes the entire time I was reading, I highly reccomend this book to anyone interested in the medical field.
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Makes you think and keeps you reading ... Interesting book it almost had to be written by a docter
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This book had lots of drama & mystery. It was well written and interesting.
mysticrosetiger More than 1 year ago
This book is a great read. If you like a medical mystery, suspense thriller, this book is for you.
DiiMI More than 1 year ago
How long has it been since you’ve read a good medical thriller where the main character is being railroaded, patients are suffering and dying needlessly and even though the psychopath responsible is known to the reader, there really doesn’t seem to be a way to prove it? Dr. Steve Mitchell is an excellent surgeon with a bright and promising future who thrives in the operating room until one fateful surgery begins a downward spiral in his career and his confidence. When he continues to make mistakes, his job and his reputation are on the line and no one believes he is innocent. Someone is tampering with medications and it looks like its Steve, because computer records never lie, right? Why is someone sabotaging his career, is it personal or is he just a means to an end? Who will win the twisted game of cat & mouse that is costing lives in the prestigious teaching hospital? Doing Harm by Kelly Parsons builds slowly as each character is introduced and the atmosphere is set for this deviously evil tale of deceit, betrayal, and the needless slaughter of the weak. I don’t think it’s necessary to like all of the characters, because their flaws make them more human. Steve did have some grandiose ideas about himself and his talents as a surgeon, but when his world started to crumble, his future was hanging by a thread, he willingly became part of the biggest betrayal of all, to his wife and his family. Bad Steve,weak Steve. His internal dialogue, while I’m sure could be quite real for a medical professional, were cold and uncaring. I just didn’t feel Steve was redeemable hero material. GiGi, was, on the other hand, brilliantly portrayed as the intelligent, beautiful medical student who was willing to do anything to reach her objectives. Too bad she has a few issues. Kelly Parsons picks up the pace and races to the finish with a chaotic flare that will definitely get your heart pumping! (Think rollercoaster reaching the top and then cresting and then speeding to a finish, making the whole ride worth it!) As a devoted medical thriller reader, I did enjoy the concept, the plot, and the realistic dialogue between all of the characters, particularly the patients. Like the thrill of watching a surgeon at work with every detail vividly described? Doing Harm has it! I received an ARC edition from St. Martin's Press in exchange for my honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Facile writing, obvious plot, had no interest in relating to characters, dull--did not have enough interest to finish the book.
BrandieC More than 1 year ago
3.5 stars Doing Harm is the first novel by urologist-turned-writer Kelly Parsons. That this was a debut novel was no surprise, nor was I surprised to learn that the author is a doctor. The book got off to a very slow start; had I not committed to review it, I would have been tempted to give up at the 30% mark. I hope that other readers are also willing to tough it out because the book improved substantially after that point. I had two main complaints. First, the protagonist, Dr. Steve Mitchell, was a jerk; it's impossible to relate to an adulterous, narcissistic doctor who says things like, "Patients are less likely to ask you annoying questions (and hence slow you down) when you've just roused them from sleep at some god-awful hour of the morning." While I did end up feeling somewhat sorry about the situation in which he found himself, I never connected with him emotionally. Second, I felt at times that Parsons was talking down to me. He regularly used medical terms and then provided a full explanation of those terms, often through awkward devices (like having one doctor tell another doctor that TPN, an acronym which Parsons had already used without definition 21 times, stands for "total parenteral nutrition" and then explain how a hospital pharmacist prepares a TPN bag). His lay explanations of the various medical procedures were very good, so I'm not sure why he considered it necessary to use all of the medical jargon. Here's a prime example: "Their clinical observations are peppered with ominous-sounding phrases like 'maximum pressor support initiated, concerned by worsening coagulopathy,'. . . . . . Shortly after I dropped her off in the SICU, it became apparent that she had suffered a massive heart attack during the operation. What's left of her weakened, stunned heart struggles feebly to pump blood to the rest of her body." Despite these issues, Doing Harm was generally well-written and well-paced. Parsons knows how to tell a thrilling medical story; he just needs to become a little better at writing one. I received a free copy of Doing Harm through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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