The Bullet by Mary Louise Kelly

Book Description:

Published: March 17, 2015

Caroline Cashion, a professor of French literature at Georgetown University, is stunned when an MRI reveals that she has a bullet lodged near the base of her skull. It makes no sense: she has never been shot. She has no entry wound. No scar. When she confronts her parents, they initially profess bewilderment. Then, over the course of one awful evening, she learns the truth: she was adopted when she was three years old, after her real parents were murdered in cold blood. Caroline had been there the night of the attack, and she was hit by a single gunshot to the neck. Buried too deep among vital nerves and blood vessels, the surgeons had left it, and stitched up the traumatized little girl with the bullet still inside.

That was thirty-four years ago.

Now, Caroline returns to her hometown to learn whatever she can about who her parents were and why they died. Along the way she meets a cop who worked the case, who reveals that even after all these years, the police do not have enough evidence to nail their suspect. The killer is still at large. Caroline is in danger: the bullet in her neck could identify the murderer, and he’ll do anything to keep it out of the police hands. Now Caroline will have to decide: run for her life, or stay and fight?

Review –

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WOW !!!!

I never imagined that this book would end the way it did when I started listening to it a few days ago. I love it when an author can pull the wool over my eyes and surprise me!

This book had me hooked right away and I couldn’t listen to it fast enough.

Not only did 37-year-old Caroline discover she had a bullet lodged in her neck next to her spine but also  that she had been adopted at the age of three because her birth parents had been murdered and that the bullet that killed her mother was the one that was taking up space in her body.

I can’t begin  to imagine how she felt, but the author does an excellent job exquisitely describing all her thoughts, good and bad as the story progresses. Does she get the bullet removed, will it help with her wrist pain, should she go to Atlanta to learn about the birth parents, should she turn the bullet over to the Atlanta PD so it can be used as evidence to find the killer? All of these questions, along with more, go through Caroline’s mind as she tries to live her normal life, but with so much changing, does she still want her normal life?

There is a twist that I never saw coming and it changes everything and gets the adrenaline flying even higher. It just goes to show that we never know what we are capable of doing or do we?

Read or listen to this book and find out – you will not be disappointed.

Five stars *****

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Host by Robin Cook

Book Description:

Published: October 20, 2015

Lynn Peirce, a fourth-year medical student at South Carolina’s Mason-Dixon University, thinks she has her life figured out. But when her otherwise healthy boyfriend, Carl, enters the hospital for routine surgery, her neatly ordered life is thrown into total chaos. Carl fails to return to consciousness after the procedure, and an MRI confirms brain death.

Devastated by Carl’s condition, Lynn searches for answers. Convinced there’s more to the story than what the authorities are willing to reveal, Lynn uses all her resources at Mason-Dixon—including her initially reluctant lab partner, Michael Pender—to hunt down evidence of medical error or malpractice.

What she uncovers, however, is far more disturbing. Hospitals associated with Middleton Healthcare, including the Mason-Dixon Medical Center, have unnervingly high rates of unexplained anesthetic complications and patients contracting serious and terminal illness in the wake of routine hospital admissions.

When Lynn and Michael begin to receive death threats, they know they’re into something bigger than either of them anticipated. They soon enter a desperate race against time for answers before shadowy forces behind Middleton Healthcare and their partner, Sidereal Pharmaceuticals, can put a stop to their efforts once and for all.

Review –

I was disappointed in this latest release by author Robin Cook because the subject matter was nothing new. In fact, I’ve read the same story line in a couple of other books in the not too distant past.

It was a good read and I’m glad to have read it but I felt like I was reading a re-run instead of a new release. Just saying!

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Embryo by J.A. Schneider

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Published: May 18, 2012

“Maria Moran’s first inkling of trouble was the coppery taste in her mouth. It came suddenly, a rushing whoosh of something that made her gag, and when she reached to wipe her mouth, her hand came away smeared with blood.”

So begins this thriller about a young intern, Jill Raney, determined to investigate tragedies and terror at a famous fertility and genetic engineering hospital. When two pregnant women die and a fetus is delivered with severe chromosomal abnormalities, Jill’s superiors – including handsome, smitten-with-her resident David Levine – insist there’s no common link.

But her suspicions deepen with the grotesque murder near the hospital of another pregnant woman – her belly drained of amniotic fluid. And when a woman miscarries in the hospital and then disappears, Jill frantically searches for her – following a terrifying path that seems to link all the victims: Is someone playing with life…and the structures of human life itself?

An unforgettable tale of suspense with a shocking denouement, Embryo.

Review –

This is a very well done medical suspense thriller. There are murders,hidden agendas,secret investigations, DNA manipulations and a hint of a new race of Super Humans.  It held my interest all the way through and I recommend it as a Summer Read.

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Unethical (Drexler University #1) by Jennifer Blackwood

Book Description

October 20, 2014
Love burns hotter the second time around…
Two years ago, the medical world was shaken by scandal, and Payton Daniels’s family was at the center of it. The second she graduated, Payton left everything behind?her high school sweetheart, her family, and the controversy surrounding her mother’s death–and hid within the anonymity of college. But Payton’s ex, Blake Hiller, hasn’t forgiven her for leaving, and when he enrolls in the same medical ethics class, she panics. She can’t run the risk of him telling everyone who she really is.
As if being at the same university isn’t enough, both Blake and Payton land the same internship. Forced together, their passion for each otherreignites, but when Payton is asked to testify in her father’s high-profile trial, she must choose between risking her acceptance into medical school to help her father, and losing every connection to her past–including the only guy she’s ever loved.Review  –

Don’t waste your time on this one. It’s very predictable and BORING.

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Stung (Stung #1) by Bethany Wiggins

Book Description

April 2, 2013
Fiona doesn’t remember going to sleep. But when she opens her eyes, she discovers her entire world has been altered-her house is abandoned and broken, and the entire neighborhood is barren and dead. Even stranger is the tattoo on her right wrist-a black oval with five marks on either side-that she doesn’t remember getting but somehow knows she must cover at any cost. And she’s right. When the honeybee population collapsed, a worldwide pandemic occurred and the government tried to bio-engineer a cure. Only the solution was deadlier than the original problem-the vaccination turned people into ferocious, deadly beasts who were branded as a warning to un-vaccinated survivors. Key people needed to rebuild society are protected from disease and beasts inside a fortress-like wall. But Fiona has awakened branded, alone-and on the wrong side of the wall . . .
Review –
In the  post-apocalyptic world of Stung all bees are extinct and honey is used as currency.  Fiona wakes up not knowing anything that has happened for 3 or four years, since she was thirteen, so she sets out to find answers. She runs into Arris, who poses as a girl and survives by living in the sewers. He/she tells Fiona and she must hide the fact that she is female because there aren’t that many left and so she binds her chest and dirties her clothes.  Inside the wall, doctors are anxious to get their hands on Fiona for medical experimentation purposes. Dreyden Bowen, a former neighbor of Fiona’s, is now a guardian of the wall and when he is assigned a duty of watching her he realizes he cares for her and doesn’t want the doctors to get their hands on her because it would mean her death.
I rated this book five stars ***** and can’t wait to read the sequel, Cured.
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Cell by Robin Cook

Book Description:

Published: February 4, 2014

George Wilson, M.D., a radiology resident in Los Angeles, is about to enter a profession on the brink of an enormous paradigm shift, foreshadowing a vastly different role for doctors everywhere. The smartphone is poised to take on a new role in medicine, no longer as a mere medical app but rather as a fully customizable personal physician capable of diagnosing and treating even better than the real thing. It is called iDoc.

George’s initial collision with this incredible innovation is devastating. He awakens one morning to find his fiancée dead in bed alongside him, not long after she participated in an iDoc beta test. Then several of his patients die after undergoing imaging procedures. All of them had been part of the same beta test.

Is it possible that iDoc is being subverted by hackers—and that the U.S. government is involved in a cover-up? Despite threats to both his career and his freedom, George relentlessly seeks the truth, knowing that if he’s right, the consequences could be lethal.

Review –

I don’t know about you but I don’t want my Smart Phone to be responsible for giving me the correct dosages of medication and that’s what supposedly happens here. That is, if it was being manipulated to do harm.   Great story as always. 

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The Bone Bed ( Kay Scarpetta Series #20) by Patricia Cornwell

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Book Description

Publication Date:October 16, 2012
A woman has vanished while digging a dinosaur bone bed in the remote wilderness of Canada. Somehow, the only evidence has made its way to the inbox of Chief Medical Examiner Kay Scarpetta, over two thousand miles away in Boston. She has no idea why. But as events unfold with alarming speed, Scarpetta begins to suspect that the paleontologist’s disappearance is connected to a series of crimes much closer to home: a gruesome murder, inexplicable tortures, and trace evidence from the last living creatures of the dinosaur age.
When she turns to those around her, Scarpetta finds that the danger and suspicion have penetrated even her closest circles. Her niece Lucy speaks in riddles. Her lead investigator, Pete Marino, and FBI forensic psychologist and husband, Benton Wesley, have secrets of their own. Feeling alone and betrayed, Scarpetta is tempted by someone from her past as she tracks a killer both cunning and cruel.
This is Kay Scarpetta as you have never seen her before. The Bone Bed is a must read for any fan of this series, or an ideal starting point for new readers.
Review –
I read all of the Kay Scarpetta books but I was a bit disappointed in this one because the first few chapters seems too lengthy and filled with unneccessary information.  Maybe there was a word quota that the author had to meet and if that was the case, I understand.
The storyline itself was very good and is full of twists and turns and surprises all the way to the end. So I’m glad I hung in there during the parts that seemed bogged down because the end was great.

Nano by Robin Cook

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Book Description

Publication Date:December 4, 2012
After a tumultuous year in which her mentor is murdered and her estranged father comes back into her life, Pia Grazdani, the embattled medical student from Death Benefit, decides to take a year off from her medical studies and escape New York City. Intrigued by the promise of the burgeoning field of medical technology and the chance to clear her head, Pia takes a job at Nano, LLC, a lavishly funded, security-conscious nanotechnology institute in the picturesque foothills of the Rockies. Nano, LLC is ahead of the curve in the competitive world of molecular manufacturing, including the construction of microbivores, tiny nano-robots with the ability to gobble up viruses and bacteria.
But the corporate campus is a place of secrets. She’s warned by her boss not to investigate the other work being done at the gigantic facility, nor to ask questions about the source of the seemingly endless capital that funds the institute’s research. And when Pia encounters a fellow employee on a corporate jogging path, suffering the effects of a seizure, she soon realizes she may have literally stumbled upon Nano LLC’s human guinea pigs. Is the tech giant on the cusp of one of the biggest medical discoveries of the twenty-first century—a treatment option for millions—or have they already sold out to the highest bidder?
Review  –
I am so glad that I read Death Benefit before reading this book because in it  I was introduced to the main characters of Pia Grazdani and her former medical school classmate, George Wilson, who is totally infatuated with her.   This story is a follow-up of Death Benefit  and I was glad to have the background information it provided.
Nano is fantastic if you can get passed all of the medical jargon and description, which is essential to the story.  Luckily, I chose the audio version and had no problem at all.  It is an action packed thriller with a subject very much in the NOW of medicine and what we can expect in the near future. Or, who knows, maybe it exists already but we just don’t know it.  I highly recommend this book.

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Book Description

Release Date: 2011
Pia Grazdani is an exceptional yet aloof medical student working closely with Columbia University Medical Center’s premier scientist on cutting edge research that could revolutionize health care by creating replacement organs for critically ill patients. But when tragedy strikes in the lab, Pia, with the help of classmate George Wilson, launches an investigation into the unforeseen calamity in the hospital’s supposedly secure biosafety lab.
Meanwhile, two ex-Wall Street whiz-kids think they’ve found another loadstone in the nation’s multi-trillion dollar life insurance industry, and race to find ways to control actuarial data and securitize the policies of the aged and infirm to make another killing.
As Pia and George dig deeper into the events at the lab, one question remains unanswered: is someone attempting to manipulate private insurance information to allow investors to benefit from the deaths of others?
Review –
I recently purchased the audio version of the newest book by Robin Cook entitled NANO and discovered that the main character in it was one I hadn’t encountered before but found out she was introduced in this book so I HAD to read it first. Like many of  his other works, this one is VERY medical and  I found myself looking up some of the words so I would have a better understanding of the complex but necessary storyline.  It was fast paced and hard to put down but now I’m ready to tackle the new book with gusto and knowledge of the Pia Grazdani character.

Foreign Body by Robin Cook

Book Description

Publication Date: August 5, 2008
A series of unexplained deaths in foreign hospitals sends an idealistic UCLA medical student on a desperate search for answers, in this chilling tale from the master of the medical thriller.
Jennifer Hernandez is a fourth-year medical student at UCLA, just completing an elective in general surgery, whose world is shattered during a break in an otherwise ordinary day. While relaxing in the surgical lounge of L.A.’s Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, she half-listens to a piece on medical tourism, where first-world citizens travel to third-world countries for surgery. But when she hears her beloved grandmother’s name mentioned, her own heart nearly stops: the CNN reporter says Maria Suarez-Hernandez had died, a day after undergoing a hip replacement in New Delhi’s Queen Victoria Hospital.
Maria had raised Jennifer and her brothers from infancy, and their bond was unshakable. Still, the news that Maria had traveled to India was a shock to Jennifer, until she realized that it was the only viable option for the hardworking yet uninsured woman. Devastated, and desperate for answers, Jennifer takes emergency leave from school and heads to India, where relations with local officials go from sympathetic to sour as she presses for more information. With the discovery of other unexplained deaths followed by hasty cremations, Jennifer reaches out to her mentor, New York City medical examiner Dr. Laurie Montgomery, who has her own deep connection to Maria.
Laurie, along with her husband, Dr. Jack Stapleton, rushes to the younger woman’s side, discovering a sophisticated medical facility with little margin for error. As the death count grows, so do the questions, leading Laurie and Jennifer to unveil a sinister, multilayered conspiracy of global proportions.
Review –
I’m never disappointed when I read or listen to a Robin Cook book and this one was no exception.  It was  fantastic, very fast paced, action packed and completely worth reading.  I know I say this a lot- but if you have never read this author (Robin Cook) please give this one a try.   You will love it.