ARC Book Review: Doing Harm

Doing Harm CoverBook: Doing Harm by Kelly Parsons

Expected Publication is February 4, 2014 by St. Martin’s Press|Pages: 305

Where I Got It: from netgalley.com, which hasn’t influenced my review.  Promise!

Series: None

Genre: Adult Fiction

You can find Doing Harm on goodreads

Goodreads Summary:

Steve Mitchell, happily married with a wife and two kids, is in line for a coveted position at Boston’s University Hospital when his world goes awry. His over-reaching ambition causes him to botch a major surgery, and another of his patients mysteriously dies. Steve’s nightmare goes from bad to worse when he learns that the mysterious death was no accident but the act of a sociopath.  A sociopath he knows and who has information that could destroy Steve’s career and marriage.  A sociopath for whom killing is more than a means to an end: it’s a game.  Because he is under a cloud of suspicion and has no evidence, he knows that any accusations he makes won’t be believed. So he must struggle to turn the tables, even as the killer skillfully blocks his every move. Detailing the politics of hospitals, the hierarchy among doctors and the life and death decisions that are made by flawed human beings, Doing Harm marks the debut of a major fiction career.

My Review:

Doing Harm is definitely one of the more interesting books I’ve read in a while!  It’s a really interesting look at life at a hospital, and things are explained pretty well.  It wasn’t tedious or boring, and all of the medical stuff was explained in a way that was easy to understand.  It does get a bit descriptive when we see Steve performing surgery, so if you’re squeamish, that might be something to skim over. Parsons is also a surgeon, which really gives the details a certain authenticity.

It definitely feels realistic, and I honestly wouldn’t be surprised by the sociopath that Steve comes across.  The idea of a doctor-in-training killing patients to further their own career is frightening.  Steve seemed really smart with some things…but with other things, he seemed not-so-smart.  Still, he always managed to put everything together at the right time, and everything seemed to work out in the end. I did find myself having trouble putting it down at times, because I couldn’t wait to see if Steve would figure everything out in time.

Doing Harm did start off slow, because we get a really good look at what Steve’s everyday life is like. But once things got going, it moved pretty fast.  And knowing what Steve’s day-to-day life was like gave certain events in the book a good reference point, because you could see how much things changed for him.

Steve is definitely ambitious, and while I didn’t connect with him as a character, I still felt bad for him because of the situation he found himself in.  Overall, I didn’t care for the characters, but I was so interested in what was going on that I didn’t really mind that I didn’t particularly care for the characters.

Let’s Rate It:

I liked Doing Harm!  It’s definitely a good book for Dan Brown fans, but if you like thrillers of any sort, I think you’d also like this book.  It did start off slow, but I liked the details in the book, and how well everything was explained.  Doing Harm gets 3 stars.

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