The Second Opinion

The Second Opinion

Book - 2009
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"Struck down by a hit-and-run driver, one of the world's most respected doctors lies comatose in the ICU unit of Boston's Beaumont Clinic. No one thinks he will survive. Two of his children believe treatment should be stopped. But his daughter Thea refuses to give up hope--and begins to suspect a cover-up. As a brilliant physician who left the hospital to work with the poor, Thea knows all too well the hidden agendas and personal conflicts that lurk beneath the surface of an elite medical center. When a late-night hospital intruder is identified as a professional killer, Thea is convinced her father's accident was no accident--and someone plans to finish the job..."--Publisher description.
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2009.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780312937768
Call Number: PALMER
Characteristics: 376 p. ; cm.
Subjects: Physicians -- Crimes against -- Fiction.
Fathers and daughters -- Massachusetts -- Boston -- Fiction.
Asperger's syndrome -- Patients -- Fiction.
Physician and patient -- Fiction.
Boston (Mass.) -- Fiction.
Suspense fiction.
Medical fiction.
Thrillers (Fiction)
Alternative Title: 2nd opinion


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Jul 20, 2018

I loved this book as the language described every inch of the story in detail and every chapter pulled me in with excitement. The ending has a great twist and I didn't see it coming instead, I wanted to know what happened next. I appreciate that the author concluded the book with a unfinished story line. As a reader, I found myself imagining what happed next.

Oct 17, 2012

Somehow it looks all too predictable as in this genre of books and films.
Interesting from the point of view - to learn something from the field of medicine.
But in general - neither fish nor fowl.

Jun 21, 2012

A very exciting thriller involving a heroine with Asperger's Syndrome. I could not put it down. Per the author's note at the end, he has had personal experience with an Asperger's child, which must be what allowed the fabric of his heroine and her brother to come across as real. I highly recommend this book.

Apr 28, 2011

Really good thriller. I couldn't put it down, although some of the medical terminology went way over my head.

Nov 05, 2010

Loved this book

Oct 24, 2010

Second Opinion
by Michael Palmer

Two of the characters have Asperger's syndrome (autism). It's an interesting reading but a bit slower, if compared to most of Michael Palmer's other great books.

Jul 30, 2010


This book is definitely the page-turner it seems to be at first glance. And like any good suspense novel, it keeps you guessing and wondering every step of the way. But I personally felt the ending did not do the intricate plot justice, and seemed to be intended more for shock value rather than a feeling of it-all-makes-sense-now.
That said, it definitely satisfies the old suspense-novel craving, but it probably wouldn't join the list of excellent ones.


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