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For David Ransom, it begins as an open-and-shut case. Malpractice. As attorney for a grieving family, he's determined to hang a negligent doctor. Then Dr. Kate Chesne storms into his office, dating him to seek out the truth -- that she's being framed. First, it was Kate's career that was in jeopardy. Then, when another body is discovered, David begins to believe her. Sudden For David Ransom, it begins as an open-and-shut case. Malpractice. As attorney for a grieving family, he's determined to hang a negligent doctor. Then Dr. Kate Chesne storms into his office, dating him to seek out the truth -- that she's being framed. First, it was Kate's career that was in jeopardy. Then, when another body is discovered, David begins to believe her. Suddenly, it's much more. Somewhere in the Honolulu hospital, a killer walks freely among patients and staff. And now David finds himself asking the same questions Kate is desperate to have answered. Who is next? And why?


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For David Ransom, it begins as an open-and-shut case. Malpractice. As attorney for a grieving family, he's determined to hang a negligent doctor. Then Dr. Kate Chesne storms into his office, dating him to seek out the truth -- that she's being framed. First, it was Kate's career that was in jeopardy. Then, when another body is discovered, David begins to believe her. Sudden For David Ransom, it begins as an open-and-shut case. Malpractice. As attorney for a grieving family, he's determined to hang a negligent doctor. Then Dr. Kate Chesne storms into his office, dating him to seek out the truth -- that she's being framed. First, it was Kate's career that was in jeopardy. Then, when another body is discovered, David begins to believe her. Suddenly, it's much more. Somewhere in the Honolulu hospital, a killer walks freely among patients and staff. And now David finds himself asking the same questions Kate is desperate to have answered. Who is next? And why?

30 review for Under the Knife

  1. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    I am a huge fan of Tess Gerritsen's Rizzoli & Isles series however I'm finding that her standalone books just aren't up to the same standard, maybe it's because they are some of her earlier works but I dunno, they leave me feeling disappointment. My favourite Tess trait is that shes so gory she makes me want to vomit over my shoes, this book didnt have that element, and it felt sappy which is so un tess like. However it's a good thriller, I think if this had another authors name on the spine I'd I am a huge fan of Tess Gerritsen's Rizzoli & Isles series however I'm finding that her standalone books just aren't up to the same standard, maybe it's because they are some of her earlier works but I dunno, they leave me feeling disappointment. My favourite Tess trait is that shes so gory she makes me want to vomit over my shoes, this book didnt have that element, and it felt sappy which is so un tess like. However it's a good thriller, I think if this had another authors name on the spine I'd rate it higher but I expect a certain standard from Tess and this fell short. Three stars.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Phrynne

    Not one of Gerritsen's best books but still a very entertaining mystery and one where I did not even begin to guess the real killer! I enjoyed it for the story and the mystery but not for the romance which was feeble and unnecessary. Thank goodness that in her later books she left the romance part behind and concentrated instead on what she is good at - writing a really good thriller. And she is very, very good at that!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Gary

    I am a big fan of Tess Gerritsen's writing and love the Rizolli and Isles series so when I found this earlier book that had previously eluded me I was eager to read it. A young anaesthesiologist named Kate Chesne is accused of malpractice when a patient dies during a routine operation. She knows something is not right with the documents in the patient's file and believes she is being framed for the death. When Kate discovers others deaths that appear to be linked she realises that there is a bigg I am a big fan of Tess Gerritsen's writing and love the Rizolli and Isles series so when I found this earlier book that had previously eluded me I was eager to read it. A young anaesthesiologist named Kate Chesne is accused of malpractice when a patient dies during a routine operation. She knows something is not right with the documents in the patient's file and believes she is being framed for the death. When Kate discovers others deaths that appear to be linked she realises that there is a bigger picture and that she must not only clear her name but alos discover who lies behind the killings. This is another of the medical thrillers that have proven so successful for Tess Gerritsen and although this is one of her earlier novels it still ticks most of the boxes and delivers a good entertaining read. Admittedly it is only just a 4 star rating but I can still recommend it to Mystery Thriller readers.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Dawn

    Thank goodness Tess Gerritsen stopped including stupid romance crap in her books. And thank goodness this wasn't the first of her books I've read, or I'd have missed out on the fantastic Rizzoli series. Why do authors feel the need to ruin a perfectly good murder mystery with a stupid romance? Do they think that's the only way women will read their books? Not this woman! The most interesting thing about this book is that there's a minor character named Brophy. The reason that's interesting is be Thank goodness Tess Gerritsen stopped including stupid romance crap in her books. And thank goodness this wasn't the first of her books I've read, or I'd have missed out on the fantastic Rizzoli series. Why do authors feel the need to ruin a perfectly good murder mystery with a stupid romance? Do they think that's the only way women will read their books? Not this woman! The most interesting thing about this book is that there's a minor character named Brophy. The reason that's interesting is because Dr. Isles has a love interest named Daniel Brophy. Gerritsen must know someone with that name because it's an unusual name to use twice. I would suggest that instead of reading this book, start with The Surgeon and read that series instead. It's much, much better.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Paige Bookdragon

    It's quite a shock that I finished this book within 2 hours..

  6. 5 out of 5

    Elly

    They might end up 30% shorter, but if Tess Gerritsen took the romance out of her books, they'd be 100% better. They'd be terrific, actually. Gerritsen's twisty plots are fairly clever and nicely suspenseful, and I am a particular fan of her medical thrillers. This was not a bad story. Unfortunately, her cloying Mills and Boon-esque renderings of her characters' love lives are virtually unreadable, and because she insists on giving these relationships so much airtime (not what I'm looking for in a They might end up 30% shorter, but if Tess Gerritsen took the romance out of her books, they'd be 100% better. They'd be terrific, actually. Gerritsen's twisty plots are fairly clever and nicely suspenseful, and I am a particular fan of her medical thrillers. This was not a bad story. Unfortunately, her cloying Mills and Boon-esque renderings of her characters' love lives are virtually unreadable, and because she insists on giving these relationships so much airtime (not what I'm looking for in a mystery/thriller, even when well-written), it really sucks a lot of pleasure out of the reading experience. I'm going to give her 'fragile lady / big strong man' schtick a (bare) pass in this book, because it is more than twenty years old - but in general, her cliched sexism is another element of her writing that is pretty disappointing. For a strong, successful woman (she was a doctor before turning her hand to writing), she turns out some tired stereotypes. Again, I have to skim those bits because I actually find them offensive. And you know what? I'm not going to give it a pass after all, the nineties weren't exactly the Middle Ages. Here are some gems from this book: "'I don't need your help,' she snapped. 'I've never needed any man's help!' He briefly considered the old-fashioned method of brute force, but knowing her sense of pride, he didn't think it would work. So he simply retorted, 'Suit yourself,' and stalked off to the house." "She swept back a stray lock of hair and a lead weight seemed to lodge in his throat as he glimpsed the bruised cheek. Despite her pride and her so-called independence, she was really just a woman. And like any woman, she could be hurt." "His gaze lingered on her cheek. 'That bruise of yours is already fading. Every time I see it I get angry.' 'You told me once it turned you on.' 'What it really does is make me feel protective. Must be some ancient male instinct. From the days when we had to keep the other cavemen from roughing up our personal property.'" "There he sat at the foot of the bed... and watched her sleep. Such a beautiful, stubborn, maddeningly independent woman. He used to think he liked independent women. Now he wasn't so sure." Yuk.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Carolyn

    Kate Chesne, a young anaesthesiologist is accused of malpractice after a patient dies during a routine operation. Kate knows something is not right with the documents in the patient's file and fears she is being framed for the death. The subsequent death of a nurse leads Kate to believe there is something larger at stake here than just her career and she sets out to find what is going on. As you would expect from Tess Gerritsen, the book is full of suspense and a few twists and turns as Kate and Kate Chesne, a young anaesthesiologist is accused of malpractice after a patient dies during a routine operation. Kate knows something is not right with the documents in the patient's file and fears she is being framed for the death. The subsequent death of a nurse leads Kate to believe there is something larger at stake here than just her career and she sets out to find what is going on. As you would expect from Tess Gerritsen, the book is full of suspense and a few twists and turns as Kate and lawyer for the prosecution, David Ransom unearth some well kept secrets and chase down the real killer.

  8. 4 out of 5

    K.

    Trigger warnings: murder, death of a child, animal experimentation, possible assisted suicide? I read this solely because it's set in Hawaii so it let me cross something off for one of my yearly reading goals. I remembered reading Tess Gerritsen books back in undergrad and enjoying them, so I when I saw this was set in Hawaii and my library had it, it seemed like a no brainer. Course, it wasn't until I was about half way through that I realised this was first published in 1990 and subsequently r Trigger warnings: murder, death of a child, animal experimentation, possible assisted suicide? I read this solely because it's set in Hawaii so it let me cross something off for one of my yearly reading goals. I remembered reading Tess Gerritsen books back in undergrad and enjoying them, so I when I saw this was set in Hawaii and my library had it, it seemed like a no brainer. Course, it wasn't until I was about half way through that I realised this was first published in 1990 and subsequently reprinted with a more modern cover. There were certain things about that piece of information that made a LOT fall into place. I mean, the medical thriller side of the story? That was pretty solid and it kept me guessing throughout. But the romance side of the story? OOF. It was very VERY 90s. Lots of male dominance and man pain. Lots of him insisting that he can't possibly fall in love with her and then doing it anyway. Lots of her swooning. Lots of me eye rolling. The romance? 2 stars. The thriller side? 4 stars. Balance it out and you get 3. MATHS WOO.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Anna

    Review to come after I get my life back again. But to sum up my feelings- I very much enjoyed the mystery, but hated the characters and the romance.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Lynn Spencer

    I am at least a book or several behind on various series since there are just so many of them out there now. However, when I looked at this month’s prompt and thought about what I wanted to read, I just wasn’t feeling the urge. I have been on a Tess Gerritsen glom lately, so even though this book isn’t part of a series, I decided to just continue trucking right along through her backlist. Most readers now would think of Rizzoli & Isles thrillers when they think of Gerritsen. However, she got her I am at least a book or several behind on various series since there are just so many of them out there now. However, when I looked at this month’s prompt and thought about what I wanted to read, I just wasn’t feeling the urge. I have been on a Tess Gerritsen glom lately, so even though this book isn’t part of a series, I decided to just continue trucking right along through her backlist. Most readers now would think of Rizzoli & Isles thrillers when they think of Gerritsen. However, she got her start in romantic suspense, often using her medical background to come up with some interesting plotlines. In Under the Knife, her heroine Dr. Kate Chesne lives out her worst nightmare as an anesthesiologist. One of her patients dies on the table under circumstances that should not have occurred. Fingers are pointed at Kate as the accusation arises that she misread an EKG with fatal results. Kate does not believe that she made such an obvious mistake and she is determined to clear her name. So, what does she do? She shows up at the office of medical malpractice attorney David Ransom, determined to tell him the real story. The lawyer in me read this part of the book and kept thinking, “There’s all kinds of ‘no way’ written all over this situation,” and yet something about the writing kept me reading. This is a partial review. You can find the complete text in the TBR Challenge column at All About Romance: https://allaboutromance.com/july-tbr-...

  11. 5 out of 5

    Robin

    I'm glad this was not the first Tess Gerritsen novel that I've read. It was definitely not her best. The problem was the love story and all of the passages describing their lust for each other. They were like two teen agers whose hormones were interfering with their ability to think and act like adults. "She tried not to think what he'd look like, standing under the stream of water, but the image had already formed in her head, the soapsuds sliding down his shoulders, the gold hairs matted and d I'm glad this was not the first Tess Gerritsen novel that I've read. It was definitely not her best. The problem was the love story and all of the passages describing their lust for each other. They were like two teen agers whose hormones were interfering with their ability to think and act like adults. "She tried not to think what he'd look like, standing under the stream of water, but the image had already formed in her head, the soapsuds sliding down his shoulders, the gold hairs matted and damp on his chest." Sounds like a moon struck teen aged girl. As in many of Gerritsen's female characters, she tries to portray them as being strong females but more often than not they fall back into a stereotypical female role by needing and wanting the man to protect them and basing their value on whether the man loves them. In more than one novel, the female convinces herself that the man does not love her and instead of confronting him, she tries to run away from the situation. The lead female is always insecure in the relationship and needs the male to constantly reassure her. The mystery part of the story was good even though I'd figure out most of the ending by about the middle of the book. So if the romance had been handled differently, this could have been rated a 3 star.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Elton Menezes

    A good thriller. The writing style has some cheesy moments, but it’s a enjoyable romance book masked by a crime investigation. The end’s fair enough to close the whole story. The killer, otherwise, looked like a childish character. It could’ve been better, but I really liked it.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Gabz

    The second book by Tess Gerritsen that fell into my lap and boy, am I glad that it did. In a nutshell, we have a lawyer that's dead set on ruining the life of every doctor that ever made a mistake, a poor anesthetist that was just minding her own business but nobody would let her, a crazy criminal, a sad love story and a happier romance. Maybe it doesn't sound like much when I put it in so few words, but overall, this was a beautiful book that kept me on edge. It had humor and romance, a bit of The second book by Tess Gerritsen that fell into my lap and boy, am I glad that it did. In a nutshell, we have a lawyer that's dead set on ruining the life of every doctor that ever made a mistake, a poor anesthetist that was just minding her own business but nobody would let her, a crazy criminal, a sad love story and a happier romance. Maybe it doesn't sound like much when I put it in so few words, but overall, this was a beautiful book that kept me on edge. It had humor and romance, a bit of a forbidden passion here and there and a mystery that no one would have expected, all stemming from the death of a woman who had eternity in her eyes. What I like about Tess' characters is the fact that they're never boring or plain. Everyone has a little story about them, something that sets them apart from the rest, no matter how insignificant their role in the whole story. Take Guy Santini's kid, for example, or the ones at the hotel. Just like in real life, there's stories everywhere if you know how to look. It's Tess' gift to weave them with the story line, to make them important to it without seeming like extras that you won't care for in the future. Dr. Chesne made a nice couple with brokenhearted lawyer, David Ransom but I'd really suggest people to read the book rather than analyze them beforehand. It takes away the beauty of it. For all, a brilliant afternoon read. The plot had so many twists and changes, I would never have imagined the way things would turn out from the way it all started and, well, that's a gift of the author's. Give it a shot, I promise that you won't be disappointed.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Miz

    Holiday read. It was good. Not great.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Melinda Elizabeth

    This was a short book that had a rushed ending, and it was quite jarring for the end to just pop up like that. I find the authors need to have women be saved by troubled men to be cliche and I don’t particularly enjoy that element of this book. But if you want a murder mystery that is short this does the trick

  16. 4 out of 5

    Andriana Koukari

    Great twists and turns and kept you turning the pages. Must admit that I thought I was reading some kind of bodice ripper a lot of the time. Still, a good solid mystery and a quick read.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Caitlin

    Under the Knife was a very stock standard thriller with an interesting plot line but uninteresting characters. Kate is an anaesthesiologist whose patient dies suddenly in the middle of a normal procedure. Faced with a lawsuit, headed by an attorney named David Ransom (who of course is handsome and charming), Kate tries to prove her innocence and stumbles into a plot far deeper then she expected. Kate was a very anticlimactic character and not the strong female lead I have come to expect in Gerri Under the Knife was a very stock standard thriller with an interesting plot line but uninteresting characters. Kate is an anaesthesiologist whose patient dies suddenly in the middle of a normal procedure. Faced with a lawsuit, headed by an attorney named David Ransom (who of course is handsome and charming), Kate tries to prove her innocence and stumbles into a plot far deeper then she expected. Kate was a very anticlimactic character and not the strong female lead I have come to expect in Gerristen’s books. She folds under pressure and become immediately infatuated with Ransom, the man who is trying to end her career. There was too much focus on the romance, and the typical i’ve known you for a couple days and I think I love you relationship between Kate and David that overshadowed and took vital plot development out of the book. It could have been a great thriller and the basics of an entertaining storyline was there, but it lacked complexity. I did, however, not expect the motive behind the murders and it was very out of the box, so the book was not all bad.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Marianne

    Under the Knife is the 4th stand-alone novel by Tess Gerritsen. Dr Kate Chesne, anaesthetist, finds herself being sued for malpractice when a patient under her care dies on the operating table. To David Ransom, a lawyer specialising in medical malpractice suits, it seems to be an open-and-shut case. But when an attending nurse is murdered, and Kate is pursued after coming upon the scene, she becomes suspicious that the patient’s death was murder, and manages to eventually convince David of this. Under the Knife is the 4th stand-alone novel by Tess Gerritsen. Dr Kate Chesne, anaesthetist, finds herself being sued for malpractice when a patient under her care dies on the operating table. To David Ransom, a lawyer specialising in medical malpractice suits, it seems to be an open-and-shut case. But when an attending nurse is murdered, and Kate is pursued after coming upon the scene, she becomes suspicious that the patient’s death was murder, and manages to eventually convince David of this. This novel is a medical murder mystery, Gerritsen’s forte, with some romance thrown in. Gerritsen gives us a plucky heroine who refuses to be silent or be a victim. While not her best work, there were a few plot twists and it was still quite a good read.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Sheila

    When a patient dies during surgery the anesthesiologist is blamed and slapped with a lawsuit. The Dr. is fighting for her career and soon finds she is fighting for her life. There is a lot more going on here including murder by surgery.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Sim

    I didn't love the romantic aspect to this novel. It wasn't quite what I expected. However it was entertaining and very easy to read.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Mari Bianca

    Breathtaking as always

  22. 5 out of 5

    Hillary

    This was a very interesting story. I am not so much a fan of murder mysteries as most of them seem to be unrelaltable or unlikely to ever happen however, but this novel wasn't just a murder mystery novel, it had some comedy, suspence, mystery and romance in it as well. I will not spoil anything about the novel because one must read it for themselves to understand exactly what and how events happen, however, I will give a brief summary so you know what to expect if you are interessted in reading t This was a very interesting story. I am not so much a fan of murder mysteries as most of them seem to be unrelaltable or unlikely to ever happen however, but this novel wasn't just a murder mystery novel, it had some comedy, suspence, mystery and romance in it as well. I will not spoil anything about the novel because one must read it for themselves to understand exactly what and how events happen, however, I will give a brief summary so you know what to expect if you are interessted in reading this novel. It is about a doctor and multiple pateints in the hospital she works at that seem to one by one show up missing and then dead. No one knows why or how, but this doctor is being accused of murdering one of these patients and she basically ends up loosing her job while still trying to prove her innocence. She then finds herself mysteriously attracted and drawn to the lawyer who has a vendetta againsts doctors and is against her and who is trying to put her behind bars for the tragedies he believes she caused. The story goes on as such with the murders getting more mysterious and with the attraction between the two main charaters getting stronger and stronger. All throughout the novel, one has no choice but to try to figure out the case for themselves and to try to solve the mystery, however the author makes this very hard to do for the readers because there are many plot twists and changes of events that leave the readers in awe and questioning the theories they seem to have made up and thought to be true. I definitely recommend this book to anyone who wants to read something different with many plot twists and that doesn't mind saying up late not being able to put the book down because it really is a page turner that always leaves you wanted to read and to find out more and more after each chapter ends.

  23. 5 out of 5

    John Jenkins

    What I like: 1. This is not a philosophy book, but I like Tess Gerritsen's inclusion of a number of thought-provoking observations, including, “Your problem, David, is that you haven’t resolved your fear of death. Until you do, you’ll never come to terms with life.” 2. Of course, Ms. Gerritsen knows how to write a page-turner mystery. The mysteries of why and by whom the murders are committed are well developed into a suspenseful conclusion. 3. Most of her figures of speech are creatively descripti What I like: 1. This is not a philosophy book, but I like Tess Gerritsen's inclusion of a number of thought-provoking observations, including, “Your problem, David, is that you haven’t resolved your fear of death. Until you do, you’ll never come to terms with life.” 2. Of course, Ms. Gerritsen knows how to write a page-turner mystery. The mysteries of why and by whom the murders are committed are well developed into a suspenseful conclusion. 3. Most of her figures of speech are creatively descriptive, such as the description of a woman who has exerted herself and “was wheezing like an accordion.” But I am disappointed with the one time that Ms. Gerritsen uses the least creative of all figures of speech with, “it bothered the hell out of him.” What I think could have been developed better. 1. I realize that the romance is part of the plot and part of the character development, but there were some scenes, including the dreams, that could have been revised, shortened, or omitted. 2. Ms. Gerritsen, who was in her thirties when this book was written in 1990, depicts all of the characters in their sixties as completely without physical vitality. Most of the people that I know in their sixties (including myself) are much more vigorous than these characters. Now that the author herself is in her sixties, I wonder if the descriptions would be the same if she were to rewrite this novel now.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Kristin

    In principle, this book sounded very intriguing. Doctors and nurses from a Hawaii hospital are dying at an alarming rate, and the latest to die has done so on the operating table, apparently as a result of a medical error by anesthesiologist Kate Chesne. The case against Chesne is taken on by David Ransom, a lawyer who was once a prosecutor in the DA's office but now makes a career out of getting justice for victims of medical malpractice. However, Chesne is convinced she did nothing wrong and d In principle, this book sounded very intriguing. Doctors and nurses from a Hawaii hospital are dying at an alarming rate, and the latest to die has done so on the operating table, apparently as a result of a medical error by anesthesiologist Kate Chesne. The case against Chesne is taken on by David Ransom, a lawyer who was once a prosecutor in the DA's office but now makes a career out of getting justice for victims of medical malpractice. However, Chesne is convinced she did nothing wrong and despite being on probation from the hospital, does her own investigating to gather evidence that the nurse was murdered, enough so that she begins to convince Ransom of the fact. Of course, the fact that she is beautiful doesn't hurt things. Overall, the plot of this book just didn't do anything for me. There was little focus on medicine and more on Kate and David getting romantic. Seemed odd that he was even willing to hear her out rather than focusing on the job he was hired to do, build the case for medical malpractice against her. Plus, the deaths are linked because they all worked for the hospital not necessarily because there is a killer in the hospital, which is what I thought going in. There were a lot of plot twists and turns, but I'm not sure how the story reached the conclusion it did. Generally I like Gerritsen's work, but this one wasn't one of her best.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Roos

    Well I've read this book in one day. I think that says something about the pacing of this story. This was my first book of Tess Gerritsen and I will definitely read more of her work after this. The plotline was really interesting and I've never read a book in this setting before. I mostly read thrillers because of the twists at the end of the stories. Sadly, this ending was not really surprising in my opinion. I wasn't shocked when I read it. And oh my god the romance was so bad. SO BAD and totall Well I've read this book in one day. I think that says something about the pacing of this story. This was my first book of Tess Gerritsen and I will definitely read more of her work after this. The plotline was really interesting and I've never read a book in this setting before. I mostly read thrillers because of the twists at the end of the stories. Sadly, this ending was not really surprising in my opinion. I wasn't shocked when I read it. And oh my god the romance was so bad. SO BAD and totally irrelevant for the storyline. I still don't understand how the main character was able to fuck with David while she was threatened by a murderer. Like how. And ugh I hated the way how David was thinking about Kate as a "fragile woman who needed help from a strong man." Go away dude. However, I've read that the writer stopped writing about bad romances in her books so I will definitely give her other books a chance!!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Shreya

    I always liked Tess Gerritsen. I’m particularly a fan of Rizzoli&Isles series, but I’ve even enjoyed her standalone novels occasionally. That said, “Under the Knife”, her fourth standalone novel kind off disappointed me. This was not a bad read, per se. The mystery was good and thrilling, the kind that would keep you guessing till the end. But that remained as long as the suspense remained. When it was solved, the answer to the riddle was so bland that I found myself putting an extra effort just I always liked Tess Gerritsen. I’m particularly a fan of Rizzoli&Isles series, but I’ve even enjoyed her standalone novels occasionally. That said, “Under the Knife”, her fourth standalone novel kind off disappointed me. This was not a bad read, per se. The mystery was good and thrilling, the kind that would keep you guessing till the end. But that remained as long as the suspense remained. When it was solved, the answer to the riddle was so bland that I found myself putting an extra effort just to complete the novel. The plot at times were unnecessarily detailed. I had to control the urge to skip through some paragraphs. The romance between our protagonists was something that the book could have done better without. Overall, this wasn’t one of Gerritsen’s good ones. I believe she could have done better with this.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Wendy

    I really like books by Gerritsen. She never disappoints. This book is a perfect holiday read as its short, easy to read, page turning enough to keep you reading and a bit of hot romance. I enjoyed it but it's not one of ger better books. In this story we meet anaesthetist Kate Chesne. During a routine operation her patient dies on the operating table and she is facing being sued and losing her job. She confronts the lawyer suing her David Ransom. Of course he is drop dead gorgeous and the sparks I really like books by Gerritsen. She never disappoints. This book is a perfect holiday read as its short, easy to read, page turning enough to keep you reading and a bit of hot romance. I enjoyed it but it's not one of ger better books. In this story we meet anaesthetist Kate Chesne. During a routine operation her patient dies on the operating table and she is facing being sued and losing her job. She confronts the lawyer suing her David Ransom. Of course he is drop dead gorgeous and the sparks fly. Kate believes she is being set up and David is ruthless and heartless. But then other people turn up dead and questions arise. Together Kate and David try to uncover the truth. Yes this book is fairly predictable and I figured out early on who was guilty but I wasn't 100% certain but I really enjoyed the story despite its obvious flaws.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Alice Harbin

    Okay, so the romantic parts were more acceptable in this book, which was a "double book" with Call after Midnight. It is an easy read, with characters that are believable and an interesting plot. The main characters are Dr. Kate Chesne, anesthesiologist and David Ransom, attorney, Ann Richter, OR nurse, Ellen O'Brien, nurse, Drs, Guy and Sandra Santini, Henry Tanaka, Obstetrician, and Charlie Decker, a mentally ill transient. Dr Chesne, anesthesiologist is being sued for the death of a patient du Okay, so the romantic parts were more acceptable in this book, which was a "double book" with Call after Midnight. It is an easy read, with characters that are believable and an interesting plot. The main characters are Dr. Kate Chesne, anesthesiologist and David Ransom, attorney, Ann Richter, OR nurse, Ellen O'Brien, nurse, Drs, Guy and Sandra Santini, Henry Tanaka, Obstetrician, and Charlie Decker, a mentally ill transient. Dr Chesne, anesthesiologist is being sued for the death of a patient during surgery. She is threatened with loss of her job and/or her profession, but she is unwilling to concede that she was at fault. She is pressured to settle outside of court, but she stubbornly refuses.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Harolyn Legg

    Kate is an anesthesiologist in Hawaii who's just lost a patient during surgery. The patient was a nurse on staff who shouldn't have died. When she meets the family's lawyer, she immediately dislikes him. David has a deep seeded hatred for doctors who screw up - but Kate insists that she did nothing wrong. When another nurse ends up murdered, Kate and David become involved in trying to find out what's really going on. In the process, they begin to realize that they're drawn to each other but can Kate is an anesthesiologist in Hawaii who's just lost a patient during surgery. The patient was a nurse on staff who shouldn't have died. When she meets the family's lawyer, she immediately dislikes him. David has a deep seeded hatred for doctors who screw up - but Kate insists that she did nothing wrong. When another nurse ends up murdered, Kate and David become involved in trying to find out what's really going on. In the process, they begin to realize that they're drawn to each other but can they overcome all the obstacles that threaten to keep them apart. And what really happened to all the people who keep dying?

  30. 4 out of 5

    Cris

    The story is good. Already the main character is the weirdest doctor I've ever seen (who already bumped into a doctor who got sick of corpses?), but not spoiled at all the suspense. Generated only a nuisance every misstep that (as a doctor you could). Looked a lot like another character of romance novels of Gerritsen, Nina Cormier, changing only the fact of a doctor and the other, "a bride". And I don't even comment on part a lack of ethics and morals, it seems, there is no need to have to frien The story is good. Already the main character is the weirdest doctor I've ever seen (who already bumped into a doctor who got sick of corpses?), but not spoiled at all the suspense. Generated only a nuisance every misstep that (as a doctor you could). Looked a lot like another character of romance novels of Gerritsen, Nina Cormier, changing only the fact of a doctor and the other, "a bride". And I don't even comment on part a lack of ethics and morals, it seems, there is no need to have to friends "victims of fate". Besides, I'm dying to start reading the book series with Rizzoli and Isles and remove the bad impression the book made me.

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