Saturday, April 23, 2011

Review: The Second Opinion by Michael Palmer

SYNOPSIS: 
Dr. Thea Sperelakis, diagnosed as a teen with Asperger’s syndrome, has always been an outsider. She has a brilliant medical mind, and a remarkable recall of details, but her difficulty in dealing with hidden agendas and interpersonal conflicts have led her to leave the complex, money-driven dynamics of the hospital, and to embrace working with the poor, embattled  patients of Doctors Without Borders. Her father, Petros, is one of the most celebrated internal medicine specialists in the world, and the founder of the cutting-edge Sperelakis Center for Diagnostic Medicine at Boston’s sprawling, powerful Beaumont Clinic. Thea’s rewarding life in Africa is turned upside-down when Petros is severely injured by a hit-and-run driver. He is in the Beaumont ICU, in a deep coma. No one thinks he will survive. Thea must return home...
MY REVIEW:

My very first novel from Michael Palmer and I've been seeing loads of his books before but haven't gotten around on reading one. Until now. For me, it's always a gamble to try and discover new authors. Without fail, you are bound to like or dislike them. But that's the thing right? If it's really good, then you will have a new author to patronize...

I finished the book in two days time. It was really great and I was surprised that it was readable in the sense that I can't seem to stop devouring every pages of it. 

Dr. Petros Sperelakis (I had a hard time reading this name, believe me. LoL) is grievously maimed in a car accident and was almost left for dead as he is in a comatose condition. His two children, both doctors, wanted to end his misery by taking out his life support and thus releasing him from his imprisonment. However, his other son and daughter, want a second opinion. At this point, the story really will get you hooked up. Dimitri have queries regarding the manner of his father's accident, he made up a mock up model of the incident and asserted that the accident was an attempt on his father's life...

Thea Sperelakis concurred that this may be true and that they should dig deeper. Then, the oddest thing happened while Thea was visiting her father. She found out that Petros is trying to communicate with her by moving his eyes. That really freaked out Thea. She was really taken aback by the whole situation. What does it mean? Is her father getting well? When she tries to show this improvement to the staff, her father will not move his eyes. Weird. She finds the he will only communicate with her. That only raised more questions to Thea's already baffled mind. Working with Petros, Thea discovers that a conspiracy within the walls of the hospital is at large. She uncovered a ploy that there have been  "rich" patients that were determined with cancer and after medication were one hundred percent cured. The question is, whether they had this allegedly cancer in the first place. With the help of a wealthy woman who Thea made friends with, she was able to sneak into a secured files that may give her the answer she is desperately intent on finding...

I loved the ending of this book. All the questions were given appropriate answers and Michael gave them in such a solid and logical explanation. The true identity of the killer will surprise you. To wrap it up, The Second Opinion deals with family and how we should question everything especially those people that we know who can either help or kill us...

My Rating: 4 ½ Stars




2 comments:

Natalie W said...

Sounds like my kind of book! Will have to put this one on my wish list. Thanks Ruperto!
Natalie :0)

Ruperto Prieto Jr. said...

Yes, you should definitely read this book, because it is awesome! Thanks for dropping by Natalie!

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