Prepare to be hooked from page one of this shock-inducing medical thriller from
New York Times bestselling author Michael Palmer and his son, acclaimed suspense novelist Daniel Palmer.
Dr. Carrie Bryant is a much-admired neurosurgical resident at an esteemed Boston hospital. When the relentless pace of her residency leads to a life-shattering error, Carrie loses her confidence—and decides to quit her residency and move back home. Her new life’s purpose: To help her combat-vet brother, Adam, recover from a crippling case of post-traumatic stress disorder.
“A unique novel that shows the strength of both authors’ work.”—Mystery Scene
The experimental program at the VA Medical Center promises the possibility of curing the ravages of PTSD forever. It seems like Adam’s best option, but Carrie has her doubts when one of her patients goes missing…and then another. Carrie joins local investigative reporter David Hoffman in the hunt for answers. The hospital, however, is determined to keep its secrets at all costs. As Carrie and David descend into a labyrinth of murder and corruption, the price Carrie could pay for asking the wrong questions is her own life…
“When it comes to inventive plots for medical thrillers, nobody does it better than Michael Palmer.”—Huffington Post
In the less than successful final medical thriller from Michael Palmer (1942 2013), completed by his son Daniel Palmer (Desperate), an error by neurosurgeon Carrie Bryant harms a patient and leads to her resignation from Boston Community Hospital and her return to her parents' home in Hopkinton, Mass. Bryant gets an unusual second chance when Dr. Alistair Finley hires her with DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) funds for an experimental program using DBS (deep brain stimulation) to treat vets with PTSD. Bryant performs two successful operations, but both patients develop serious and unusual complications. When Bryant discovers that the two have been discharged from the hospital against medical advice, she and investigative reporter David Hoffman begin a search for them. Bryant's conviction that something is wrong is strengthened when attempts are made on her life, and she and Hoffman take a desperate chance to gain evidence. Fairly wooden characters and a plot that never develops much steam may disappoint fans of both authors.