Thanks to Anna Sacca of FSB Associates for inviting me to read and review this book
ABOUT THE BOOK
End-of-life care—or assisted death
When her elderly patients start dying at home days after minor surgery, anesthesiologist Dr. Kate Downey wants to know why. The surgeon, not so much. “Old people die, that’s what they do,” is his response. When Kate presses, surgeon Charles Ricken places the blame squarely on her shoulders. Kate is currently on probation and the chief of staff sides with the surgeon, leaving Kate to prove her innocence and save her own career. With her husband in a prolonged coma, it’s all she has left.
Aided by her eccentric Great Aunt Irm, a precocious medical student, and the lawyer son of a victim, Kate launches her own unorthodox investigation of these unexpected deaths. As she comes closer to exposing the culprit’s identity, she faces professional intimidation, threats to her life, a home invasion, and, tragically, the suspicious death of her student. The stakes escalate to the breaking point when Kate, under violent duress, is forced to choose which of her loved ones to save—and which must be sacrificed.
Perfect for fans of Kathy Reichs and Tess Gerritsen
Oh my, this will raise some book club debates. What a tremendous. impact story this is. When patients with underlining health problems have routine surgery at the hospital, they are dying. unexpectedly, within days of discharge.
Dr Kate Downey, an anesthesiologist, has to put her career on the line to find out why so many patients are dying as she seems to be involved in a lot of these surgeries. The more she pushes for answers, the more danger she is putting herself in.
I enjoyed this medical thriller which made me think of the quality of life of a patient. Do we selfishly sometimes keep a loved one alive for our own need rather than for the good of them? It brings up my ethical thoughts and makes you stop and think.
I liked Kate, who has a husband that is reliant on medical intervention to be kept alive. It lets you see both sides of the picture and opens your mind to what you think the right thing would be to do. It is so different looking into a situation rather than living it.
The story builds and becomes tenser in the last few chapters. It is a book to make you think. I wish to thank Net Galley and the publisher for an e-copy of this book.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Tammy Euliano, MD, is a practicing anesthesiologist and tenured professor at the University of Florida. In addition to a prolific list of academic publications, YouTube teaching videos, and numerous teaching awards, she has also written award-winning short fiction. Fatal Intent is her debut novel. Tammy lives in Gainesville, FL, with her husband. –This text refers to the hardcover edition.