Now, alone and under a cloud of suspicion, Steve must discover a way to outsmart his opponent and save the killer's next victim before the cycle repeats itself again and again A chilling and compelling thriller that also takes you into the hospital and details the politics and hierarchy among doctors, as well as the life and death decisions that are made by flawed human beings, Kelly Parsons' Doing Harm marks the gripping debut of a major fiction career.
Doing Harm by Kelly Parsons is a nice medical thriller. Having patients die to further your cause could be one way to get people to really see what needs to be changed. Or You could just be a psycho Lots of praise from other writers for this debut novel Doing Harm by Kelly Parsons. But, for me it was just kinda ok. It's very "medical" and realistic. Normally I tend to like the characters and find He lives with his family in Southern California.
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Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Apr 18, Stephen King added it. Best damn medial thriller I've read in 25 years. Terrifying OR scenes, characters with real texture. View all comments. Dec 05, Carol rated it really liked it Shelves: fiction , debut. My sincere thanks to Netgalley and Macmillan publishing for the opportunity to read Doing Harm" before its February debut.
As a fan of both Robin Cook and Michael Palmer I was thrilled to learn there was a new doc on the block. Kelly Parsons, a board-certified urologist has proven himself worthy to join this team. Parson's medical knowledge is apparent from the get-go as he explains treatments and procedure like any good doctor should. Stephen Mitchell, Chief Resident at prestigious Boston University gets caught up in a medical nightmare when one patient goes south and a botched surgery has horrid results. To complicate his quest for a permanent spot at Boston U, he begins an affair with a smart, seductive intern under his watch.
But playing footsies is not all this temptress wants from Steve. She challenges him to a game where if he wins someone lives, if he loses, well, they're dead. Cat and mouse, mouse and cat; believable; enough to keep me breathless. Some small quibbles with dialog between characters. Things like Doctor Steve using the phrase " you guys" and "jazzed" but that could just be me. I do know this is a solid beginning to what I hope is a new or dual career for Kelly Parsons.
BTW, Kelly is a guy in case you were wondering. Doing Harm is a heart pumping medical thriller pairing a "do the right thing" doctor and a psychotic intern. It's one of the best life or death races in hospital corridors I've read since Cook's Coma. View all 11 comments. 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 thi Kelly Parsons' DOING HARM, a medical thriller, which kept me listening, on the edge of my seat, until the Epilogue and closing interview, with the author. Would highly recommend the audiobook, as a narrator can make or break a book, and in this case, Petkoff was on the mark. Will keep you second guessing hospitals and doctors, for sure.
The main character, Dr. Steve Mitchell, a 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 seems to be ordered by no other than himself. 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. 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. With the insights into the real world of doctors and hospitals, Kelly definitely gave this thriller life, with all the ingredients for a successful career as a mystery medical thriller author dual career , as good as James Patterson, and the best of the best -- one I plan on following.
Check out: Under the Knife , Coming Feb 7, View all 4 comments. Dec 13, Marvin rated it it was amazing Shelves: suspense , first-reads. Now this is what I call a medical thriller! Doing Harm is Kelly Parsons' debut novel and it is an excellent start for the physician turned writer.
In fact I would call it the best medical thriller I've read since Robin Cook in his Coma days and that's going back a bit. The premise involves surgeon Steve Mitchell who is seen as an excellent doctor looking forward to an outstanding future. But a bad call in judgement threatens his career. When one of his patients dies after what seems to be another Now this is what I call a medical thriller! When one of his patients dies after what seems to be another bad call he starts to question the facts and finds out that someone else may be responsible.
What follows is a suspenseful cat and mouse game that may destroy his career and family not to mention his life. That's all you need to know. There are plenty of tense moments and nice surprises. One of the non-surprises is who did it. We get plenty of clues at first and find out early on who the culprit is. Yet this is not meant to be a whodunnit. The tension is in whether our hero can clear himself and expose the killer.
Parsons has made his protagonist flawed but admirable and his nemesis evil but frighteningly clever. The author does an excellent job blending his medical knowledge with the action. A little pharmaceutical knowledge might be helpful to the reader but not essential as Parson explain the more technical aspects in a way that doesn't stop the flow of the novel. One of the things I find essential in a good medical thriller is that the author writes about doctors and hospitals in a realistic way and this is no problem for Parson.
A realistic environment combined with edge of your seat suspense is what makes this an excellent example of the thriller sub-genre.
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This book is being published in late January of so I can't call it one of the best novels of this year. But I do feel fairly safe in saying it will be a prime contender next year. View 1 comment. View all 8 comments. Mar 13, Mary Beth rated it it was ok. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This book was a 2. I was so excited to read it because of description and the great reviews I saw. But it was sooo much medical jargon. The author did a good job of explaining everything, but it was zzzz. Then her whole reasoning for killing was sort of ridiculous and random.
There was also the random element of the medical trial the docto This book was a 2. There was also the random element of the medical trial the doctors were participating in, which I hoped would have something to do with the plot, but was just a way for Steve to inject GG at the end Also, Steve's judgment was insane the entire time. He was completely annoying and incompetent, and very little of that could be blamed on GG. The fact that at the end he still scored this prestigious job was pretty lame. As an aside, I feel like the author should really do some self-reflection on his perceptions of women.
That may have been the most disturbing part of the book! View all 10 comments. Once upon a time, I was a Robin Cook junkie. I loved psychological thrillers, but give me a medical thriller and it was like getting candy on Halloween. Steve Mitchell is a 4th year surgical resident in a prestigious hospital. His ego is inflated to the size most physicians never attain. Why that is I have absolutely no idea.
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Yes, he's the chief resident but, he is still just a resident. Residents are put on e Once upon a time, I was a Robin Cook junkie. Residents are put on earth to do the bidding of the attending. They are the minions, if you will, the ones who do all the crap work that the attendings don't want to do. Eventually, the residents will become attendings and have their own residents to boss around. But, until then, a resident is just a resident. In that regard, Steve's hugely inflated God complex makes absolutely no sense. Add to the ego, Steve whom I renamed Dr.
McDouchie , is a total asshole and a half. He cares nothing for his patients, has the compassion and bedside manner of a flea. That's actually an insult to the flea. His only concern is himself and how things affect him and his career. I would sooner have Steve Martin do surgery on me. And he plays a dentist. Basically, Dr.
McDouchie has not one redeeming quality. Not one. I kept waiting, hoping that with all the events occurring he would become more human and likable. I hated his character. When you despise the main character you're supposed to feel sympathetic towards, the book goes out the window. And there it went for me. There is one other main character in the book. The psycho who decides to torment Dr.
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McDouchie and destroy his professional and personal life. Why this person became an absolute psychopath, I have zero idea. We are not given any background whatsoever to that effect. We are, however, given massive amounts of info-dumping. And I mean massive. I adore descriptive books. I do not adore the description of every single surgical instrument known to man. I do not adore knowing the color of shirt every single person is wearing. Info-dumping equals boredom. The end of the end for me and the last reason I am giving this only two stars, is the end. You may want to skip this part if you plan to read the book.
Straight out lying about what is going on. Finally, he reveals some things. His wife is an educated woman, not a stupid bitch. But, at the end of the book, Dr. McDouchie asks her to do something completely illegal. He convinces her to do it by saying it will affect their children if she doesn't do it. The reality is that it will just affect him and his career. And, of course, she listens. What the actual fuck. She listens to a man who has fucked her over and is a complete asshole and a LIAR.
I cant. I just cannot. If you want a medical thriller kick, my advice is to stick with Dr.
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McDouchie really isn't worth it. Parsons for the arc. No fluffy bunnehs were given to me in exchange for an unbiased review View all 12 comments. Jun 07, Crystal rated it it was ok Shelves: I was really excited to read this book because of the amazing reviews. I'm wondering how many of them were paid for it.
I'm sorry but this book was ridiculous. First of all I feel like the author has no respect for women. The not very pretty and emotionless wife, the hot crazy murderer, the pale and anorexic ocd lawyer, the other anorexic date at the dinner party Then we have Louis.. Once a Marine, always a Marine. You never I was really excited to read this book because of the amazing reviews.
You never call one an ex Marine Also they don't call themselves soldiers either, that's army.. As for the plot People like to get the true essence of a killer which was not delivered from Steve's point of view. For a surgeon, he was a moron. Medical terminology went far beyond helpful into making me feel like I was studying for an exam. There was no thrill and no mystery. As soon as he gave Louis the password and GG was hitting on him I was like oh geez Great idea, terrible execution.
Apr 04, Cathe Olson rated it it was ok.
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It seems to be a new trend that professionals in certain fields try to write novels that takes advantage of their knowledge. I recently read Snapshot, a law-type thiller which was written by a former Federal prosecutor--and now this one, a medical thriller written by a urologist.
While these authors have a lot of knowledge on what they are writing about, they are unforunately not writers. In the novel Doing Harm, the plot is pretty ridicolus, the characters are one-dimensional, the killer is rev It seems to be a new trend that professionals in certain fields try to write novels that takes advantage of their knowledge. In the novel Doing Harm, the plot is pretty ridicolus, the characters are one-dimensional, the killer is revealed way too early on, the main chracter is completely unlikeable, and the author spends a lot of time trying to educate the reader in a very obvious way.
This line of diaogue is a great example: "Ketamine? Feb 03, Christine rated it liked it. Things are going great for Chief Resident Steve Mitchell. With the help from his outgoing and charming wife Sally, he learns he is a top candidate for his dream job in Boston after he completes his surgical residency. With the help of a friend, Steve tries to get to the bottom of some suspicious events going on in the hospital, but he puts himself and his family in the targets of a dangerous killer. This is a unique medical thriller by an author who obviously knows the inner workings of a hospital.
I could get past that, but what ruined the story for me is the main character. Steve Mitchell is intelligent and clever, but also arrogant and clueless. There are several scenes right from the start of the book that tell you there is going to be trouble for Steve. He and other doctors in the story mention that confidence is necessary for a surgeon, but the over-confidence and arrogance Steve shows is unlikable and scary, especially for unfortunate patients who must deal with his poor decisions.
He has no bedside manner at all, and just when I would think he had learned from his mistakes, he would go back to the same behavior. I can forgive a character for poor judgment, but Steve never learns and never grows. The book holds a few surprises, and has many moments of tense, thrilling suspense. Unfortunately, throughout much of the book, I felt a sickening sense of dread instead of excitement, knowing that is Steve is faced with two choices for any given decision, he will pick the wrong one and then he and others will suffer the consequences accordingly.
The ending took me by surprise and it was enjoyable, if a little too pat. With a more likable main character, this would have been a better book. This book was provided to me by NetGalley through the courtesy of St. Jan 20, Esil rated it really liked it Shelves: first-reads. Although for me the best part was actually the view of how hospitals work and surgeons function. It felt real and had interesting details. The plot itself was a bit too predictable and straight forward as far as mysteries go.
Having said that, I would happily read another book by Parsons, and hopefully he will use his knowledge and talent to build a more sophisticated plot. View 2 comments. Oct 06, Tasnim rated it really liked it. Medical thriller books are pretty good! The end reminded me of a quote which says "The best way to fight chaos is with chaos. Jun 04, Laura rated it did not like it. Let's hope this author is a better doctor than a writer.
Feb 02, Linda Strong rated it really liked it Shelves: read-in Steve Mitchell is a bright young surgeon who has a brilliant future ahead of him, that is, until patients start dying all around him. The psychopath who has latched onto him is revealed really early in the book. Her reasons why are as twisted as her mind.
She wants to play a game.. And she is good, very, very good at what she does. The book has the feel of Fatal Atraction. There were moments, especially toward the end that my Dr. There were moments, especially toward the end that my heart sped up and I couldn't wait to see what was coming next. There are a whole lot of medical terms bandied about. The explanations of what they mean and in some cases how they work are just as difficult to comprehend.
I was in the medical field for many, many years, so this was not a big problem for me Apr 10, Kelli rated it it was ok. Blah blah, then finally pretty exciting. I almost added this to my "DNF" list. Nothing of interest occurs in 1st third. Though, I can't say for sure whether or not it's worth while. Several beginning chapters of droning.
If you read this review 1st, I recommed reading chapter 1, skip next chapters, and you might very well enjoy this one! Feb 02, Dianne rated it really liked it Shelves: arc-read , thriller-mystery , adult-fiction , netgalley , own. 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?
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. 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. 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. Publication Date: February 4, Publisher: St. Nov 28, Angie Boyter rated it it was amazing.
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James Patterson meets Atul Gawande Dr. Then his patients start dying, and Steve realizes that the deaths are not accidents. Trained to save lives with scalpel and suture, now Steve has to stop a different kind of killer, and he has to do it by himself Yes, he really cannot tell anyone, and that is part of the suspense.