Sunday, January 5, 2014
Book Look: Gemini
This book will come out in March. I read it early through Amazon Vine because I love medical books. If you're wondering where I've been, I've been moving from California to Missouri. Almost completed the preliminary steps!
We live in a time of incredible medical technology that can keep a body breathing even when other bodily functions are shutting down.
Doctor and author, Carol Cassella, uses this dichotomy as the main conflict in her new novel, GEMINI. Charlotte Reese is an intensive care doctor into whose care comes a Jane Doe. The woman is almost lifeless on arrival. Charlotte provides all the standard treatments to bring the patient around and give the body time to heal itself.
The legal issues begin to arise as the days pass. Where are her relatives? Was Jane a victim of foul play? Who can advocate for the voiceless patient?
Interwoven with the story of the hospital patient and the doctor's worries and fears are the stories of a kid named Bo. At first, I was quite thrown off by the introduction of Bo and Laney. Eventually, their story helps to make sense in Charlotte's life.
Charlotte is not all medicine. She has an on-again/off-again romance with a science journalist, Eric. She has a sister with adorable children. She has friends at work. Is work enough to sustain her when everything else begins to fall apart?
This book is not exactly a medical thriller. It's more of a medical and family drama. Whatever genre you want to assign it, the suspense works, the setting is starkly beautiful, and the characters give the reader a lot to think about.