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THE SECOND OPINION
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. Two of Petros’ other children, both physicians, battle Thea and her eccentric brother, Dimitri, by demanding that treatment for their father be withheld.
As Thea uncovers the facts surrounding the disaster, it seems more and more to be no accident. Petros, himself, is the only witness. Who would want him dead? The answers are trapped in his brain . . . until he looks at Thea and begins slowly to blink a terrifying message.
In The Second Opinion, Michael Palmer has created a cat-and-mouse game where one woman must confront a conspiracy of doctors to uncover an evil practice that touches every single person who ever has a medical test. With sympathetic characters and twists and betrayals that come from the most unlikely places, The Second Opinion will make you question…everything.
- Read an excerpt of THE SECOND OPINION
- Asperger’s Association of New England
- Autism Society of America
- National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
- Michael Palmer’s Website
Book Lookout: Daniel James Palmer, Delirium (Michael’s son, just signed a 3-book contract with Kensington)
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You may have already seen this, but it touched me so much, I can’t resist posting it on my website. I contacted Kelly’s publicist in hopes she’d agree to be on Words To Mouth ~ Let’s hope she says “Yes!”
BAREFOOT ~ A beach house, two sisters, and a girlfriend…Sounds heavenly–relaxing, even with a couple kids in tow…
Now, I can handle a bit of vomit and lost luggage, but Hilderbrand mercilessly tugs at all of my feminine heartstrings; marriage, motherhood, sisterhood, and friendship…oh, and that pesky fear-of-death thing.
Meet the Girls:
- Melanie deals with infertility overshadowed by infidelity, and then further complicated with pregnancy — “POW!”
- Brenda’s promising academic career hangs in jeopardy due to an entirely separate affair—this one seemingly harmless, except for the minor detail that it was with one of her students — “ZING!”
- And then there’s Vicki with two small children to raise and hit with a cancer diagnosis — “BAM!”
Pan to the dark clouds parting, casting light down upon the crown of an attractive college student, Josh, who ends up being so much more to these conflicted women than a “Guy Friday” (Hence, Self magazine’s “Beaches meets The Graduate” review).
And this is all just in the first chapter…
Phew! And here I thought I was in for a relaxing day on Nantucket’s shores. I need a vacation, just trying to keep up with these gals.
All facetiousness aside…Barefoot was my first of Hilderbrand’s books, but not my last. It’s a quick read with a poignant underlying theme and resolution. Her descriptions made me anxious for that coveted time at my family’s North Carolina beach house. Thank God, I don’t have to deal with all the Barefoot turmoil.
I love what Hilderbrand shares in the “Conversation” at the end of the book. She says, “I had claimed that, after A Summer Affair (her next novel due out July 1st). was complete, I would take a ‘year off.’ My ‘year off’ lasted for about two weeks. Writing is like a genetic disease…and I can’t seem to find a cure!”
Now, THAT’s good news for us!!
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