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Harvest Kindle Edition
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Stephen King If you've never read Gerritsen, figure in the price of electricity when you buy your first novel by her...'cause baby, you are going to be up all night.
Boston Globe Harvest left me clutching my head in an ecstasy of terror.
USA Today Harvest will make your heart skip a beat.
“HARVEST WILL MAKE YOUR HEART SKIP A BEAT.” —USA Today
“HARVEST LEFT ME CLUTCHING MY HEAD IN AN ECSTASY OF TERROR.”
—The Boston Globe
About the Author
- ASIN : B003UYURVK
- Publisher : Pocket Books; Reprint edition (July 19, 2010)
- Publication date : July 19, 2010
- Language : English
- File size : 3618 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 353 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #28,661 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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A classic medical thriller about organ transplants
Dr. Abby DiMatteo is a second-year surgical resident at a prestigious Boston hospital noted for its world-class transplant team. Abby frequently has the opportunity to scrub in on heart transplants and other high-profile surgeries. When she learns that a heart ready for transplant will go to the middle-aged wife of a billionaire rather than a dying 17-year-old boy, she is outraged. She talks the donor's husband into designating the heart for the boy.
Then all hell breaks loose. The billionaire goes ballistic and sets in motion a plan to destroy Abby's career. As she sets out to fight the billionaire's efforts to have her disgraced and fired, she undertakes a high-stakes investigation of the case. In the process, she stumbles into an organ-transplant scandal perpetrated by the Russian mob. This classic medical thriller was one of the first books to expose the sale of human organs to a wide audience. It's well-written, beautifully plotted, and heart-poundingly suspenseful.
About the author
Tess Gerritsen, M.D. wrote a series of eight "romantic thrillers" before Harvest, the first of her numerous medical thrillers. The book broke through to the New York Times bestseller list and eventually led to her retiring from medicine to take up full-time writing. In fact, she had taken up a medical career only because her family felt she could not support herself as a writer. According to her website, her twenty-eight books include eight medical thrillers and the twelve novels in the well-known Rizzoli & Isles series. Her work has been published in forty countries and sold more than thirty million copies.
This novel is scary good! Tess is a master at this kind of thriller. Highly recommended!
A gripping, dark medical thriller with some gruesome moments. Highly recommended to all lovers of psychological thrillers!
Top reviews from other countries
I was a little surprised to discover that this book was written in 1996 and was the first of Tess Gerritsen's medical thrillers. It reminds me of the early works of Patricia Cornwell and Kathy Reichs, other authors who, like Tess Gerritsen became authors following successful careers in particular fields of science or medicine. However, I do not feel this book is dated in any respect. There are a number of medical procedures and terms that I was unfamiliar with but apart from this it is an easy book to read. The narrative is very engaging and I found myself on quite an emotional roller coaster ride as the story progressed.
The story concerns a bright young surgeon intern at Boston's Bayside hospital, Dr Abby DiMatteo, who transplants a heart into a dying teenage boy only to discover that senior management at the hospital had wanted a wealthy private patient to receive the heart. However, a short time later the private patient receives a new heart from another donor but Abby's curiosity is piqued as she can find no record of where the second heart has come from. She decides to investigate and it is at this point that matters start to unravel; one of her colleagues loses their job and another commits suicide. The tension mounts as she is then threatened with malpractice lawsuits and worse is to follow.
I have not read any of Tess Gerritsen's other books but I plan to put that right in the near future. Based on this story, I can quite understand why her thrillers are often found on the best seller lists. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys non-stop action thrillers.
After half of the book, the suspense escalates. I could not put the book down, albeit reluctantly. The blood and gore, although legit and happened in the hospital, when described in such details, became squeamish and bloody.
I was just wondering if Tess has continued to work as a doctor, I’d’ve missed all the excitement of reading a medical thriller. She is extremely, brilliantly excel at her craft. The characters and incidents are so believable.
She doesn’t mince her words. When it should end that way, it’s just swift and direct. So, the building up to the climax is quick and no extra words are necessary.
A definitely good read. With all the excitement, I’ll have to cool down with a slightly less adventurous read. Let’s choose the next novel that is less gripping-the-edge enthusiastic and finish it for Christmas.
Phew... what a roller coaster ride.
I like to give my 5 star book reviews to books that I'd happily, instantly read again - and this doesn't quite make that grade.
Written in 1996 it was better than I thought it might be (as an early Gerritsen). I liked the character of Dr Abby DiMatteo and the tension of her trying to figure out what is going on with organ donation (at her hospital) and not knowing who to trust.
The parts that let it down a little bit were the chapters with the young boys from Riga. Won't give too much away but the descriptions of them fighting / exploring / playing didn't really add anything to the storyline and I ended up paging through the chapter as quickly as I could.
Otherwise, a pretty great read.
Each chapter got more and more in-depth & I was hooked. Not a huge % in really & I was reading into the night/early hours trying to find out what happens next. After a slow start I can truly say it a great read & worth it.