Gemini: A Novel

Gemini: A Novel

by Carol Cassella
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Gemini: A Novel by Carol Cassella

A captivating medical mystery wrapped in a contemporary love story—from a practicing MD whose novels are “just what the doctor ordered” (People).

A stranger’s life hangs in the balance. What if you had the power to decide if she lives or dies?

Dr. Charlotte Reese works in the intensive care unit of Seattle’s Beacon Hospital, tending to patients with the most life-threatening illnesses and injuries. Her job is to battle death—to monitor erratic heartbeats, worry over low oxygen levels, defend against infection and demise.

One night a Jane Doe is transferred to her care from a rural hospital on the Olympic Peninsula. This unidentified patient remains unconscious, the victim of a hit and run. As Charlotte and her team struggle to stabilize her, the police search for the driver who fled the scene.

Days pass, Jane’s condition worsens, and her identity remains a mystery. As Charlotte finds herself making increasingly complicated medical decisions that will tie her forever to Jane’s fate, her usual professional distance evaporates. She’s plagued by questions: Who is Jane Doe? Why will no one claim her? Who should decide her fate if she doesn’t regain consciousness—and when?

Perhaps most troubling, Charlotte wonders if a life locked in a coma is a life worth living.

Enlisting the help of her boyfriend, Eric, a science journalist, Charlotte impulsively sets out to uncover Jane Doe’s past. But the closer they get to the truth, the more their relationship is put to the test. It is only when they open their hearts to their own feelings toward each other—and toward life itself—that Charlotte and Eric will unlock Jane Doe’s shocking secret, and prepare themselves for a miracle.

Filled with intricate medical detail and set in the breathtaking Pacific Northwest, Gemini is a riveting and heartbreaking novel of moral com­plexity and emotional depth.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781451627930
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication date: 03/04/2014
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 9.00(w) x 5.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Carol Cassella, MD, is a practicing anesthesiologist, novelist, and speaker. She majored in English literature at Duke University and attended Baylor College of Medicine. She is the bestselling author of the novels Gemini, Oxygen, and Healer, published by Simon & Schuster. Carol lives on Bainbridge Island, Washington, with her husband and two sets of twins. Visit the author at

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Gemini: A Novel 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Camille20 More than 1 year ago
Carol's done it again. Her third published novel, Gemini, is an extraordinarily well-written story that gripped me when I was reading it and when I wasn't. I found myself thinking about the characters and their lives when I was lying in bed at night. The story ends perfectly--but I could have happily read more! Camille
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Found this to be a very powerful story.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the book and although you knew the outcome the ending came to soon.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Interesting plot, intriguing characters, and a wonderfully paced wtiting style. After reading HEALER and OXYGEN, GEMINI is icing on the cake.!!! ------- Leonard
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book! The story is interesting, page-turning, and intelligently written. The chapters that drive the character development fall into perfect synch with the plot and why the now is the way it is. (Hopefully that makes sense. You must read to see how it plays out). An excellent novel if you're looking for depth, suspense, and learning a more about the medical profession and how some doctors view their patients. I will definitely read more from this author!
bettysunflower More than 1 year ago
Charlotte Reese is a doctor in Seattle Washington. She is from a family of Doctors and most of the people she interacts with are doctors. However, her boyfriend is a writer. She has never really had much time for a personal life away from medicine, but Eric pursued her over a period of time and was always very patient and allowed her the freedom to be a good doctor. The down side is that he seems satisfied with their lives the way they are and doesn't push for marriage and children. He seems so content. Charlotte has a new patient, one who appears to have been hit by a car. She had been found on the side of the road in very bad condition. She was able to talk prior to her leg surgery. However something happened during the surgery and she was unresponsive after the surgery. As Charlotte fights to save her life it becomes more apparent that 'Jane Doe' won't make it and if she does will she still be herself. This is a very well written book with fascinating characters. The story line has detours and winds through the lives of several of the characters. There are some medical terms and conditions that play major roles, but are easy enough for a layman to understand and follow along. It really is a fascinating book and one that I am very glad to recommend. *I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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ABookishGirlBlog More than 1 year ago
I liked this one! What stood out especially to me is how the author weaved together the lives of all the characters, let me elaborate a little more; beginning chapters of the book the characters stories seem separate, first you have the Charlotte and "Jane Doe" story and then you have Raney and Bo's story, which eventually merge into one story and then it all makes a little more sense.  Though a little gloomy sometimes because of the subject line I found that for the most part the story line flowed well. I just found it extremely intriguing all the way up to the ending. I just had to know what would become of Charlotte, Eric, Raney, and Jake! Like I said the subject is a little gloomy, books written about depressive topics can be a little harder for me to get through and so that does affect my rating so make sure if you are in the mood for a medical mystery that you let your own opinion be your guide.