When Petros is severely injured by a hit-and-run driver, no one thinks he will survive. Two of Petros's other children, both physicians, battle Thea and their eccentric brother, Dimitri, by demanding that treatment for their father be withheld. Meanwhile, Petros lingers in the Beaumont Clinic's intensive care unit, where Thea is his only advocate.
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 to slowly 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 unforgettable characters and twists and betrayals that come from the most unlikely places, The Second Opinion will keep you guessing...and looking over your shoulder.
©2009 Michael Palmer; (P)2009 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
I have only just finished the first half, but so far i am gripped. from the start deep into the medical problems and mystery. cannot wait for the second half
"great story line; unnecessary love affair"
I liked the story line and underlying theme. Great suspense and drama, integrated with interesting medical and technical backdrop. But the whole thing was spoiled because of the totally unnecessary, woefully predictable, and wholly gratuitous love affair, between the intellient and wealthy protagonist and bumbling "hunk type" security guard. The "Sappy" love affair sticks out, and distracts from the interest and intrigue otherwise generated by the otherwise intreguing substance underlying the story line.
"review of narrator"
I thoroughly enjoyed the book. The book was so good that the somewhat irritating voice and accents of the narrator failed to dim my enjoyment. I would have much preferred another "voice".
"A caricature of a detective novel"
Very very very formulaic. But the premise of a detective hero with Aspergers is very interesting. Done much more effectively, however, in "The curious incident of the dog in the night." I kept hoping that the plot twists would be more than the inevitable, but alas they followed the googlemap route to a conclusion: Interstate whenever possible, no interesting diversions as that would add travel time and reduce gas mileage. The idea of the experience of sex from the point of view of Aspergers could have been particularly intriguing, but instead we get a blend of 50's sanitized romance and bodice-buster allegorical descriptions that was cartoonish.
Excellent portrayal of two characters dealing with Aspergers syndrome. The story was not about their Aspergers per se, but instead the Aspergers made for fascinating characters in a medical mystery.
I do have a medical background, but you don't have to be a medical person to follow the story, although the more you know, the more passionate you may feel about the storyline. Palmer explains everything in layman's terms so nothing is lost. His topics are generally hot buttons in the medical world, often on the injustices of insurance or medical politics.
My imagination is a lot like Michael Palmer so I love his books. The narrator was great. I didn't feel like he was reading and there was a lot of expression in his voice.
I highly recommend this book. Fun, interesting, suspenseful, page turner. :)
Hearing the truth about the medical profession.
I really enjoyed the main Character... I found myself rooting for her!
Great job speaking for the different characters, varying speeds of speech, and accents brought this book to life!
The main character's refreshing honesty was wonderful, made me laugh and lifted my mood.
A very hard act to follow!
"A heroine you are really rooting for"
A plot that nudges you out of your world and lets you look into a window on another. I liked the twist on the lead character and thought the book built a steady tension around a truly sinister plot, whose finnish was unexpected and surprising in a good way. The story is a good one and worth listening to.
I really enjoyed this book. I didn't know until the end of the book what was going to happen. The only thing that annoyed me was all the accents. I don't think they were necessary.
"Best book of the Year!"
I wish Michael Palmer wrote more books! This is a great novel with much to do about life as well as murder. The characters truly come alive. This is my favorite book of the year and I loved the plot twists!
This is one of the three or four books I had to stop listening to because the narration was so bad. I can only comment on the first half, but the plot wasn't much better than the narration. It seems Asperger's is the new popular thing to feature in novels, and that's fine when done right. This wasn't.
"Ridiculous, formulaic potboiler"
This is one of those books which one completes, reluctantly, in the hope that it can't really remain as bad as it is - wrong. It can.
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