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Fast-paced medical thriller with a nightmare scenario!
on 21 March 2012
I found this a fast-paced, thrilling novel!
Kincaid, a journalist based in London, is not enamoured with the medical profession since his daughter, Kerry, was left severely disabled following a routine minor operation. He returns to Newcastle to visit his daughter and ailing father, just after a high-profile operation to reconstruct a woman's face is interrupted by the sudden death of her scalpel-wielding surgeon. Although paraded as a successful operation, Kincaid starts to have his doubts, which are shared by one of the nurses, Eve, who works at the showcase hospital and was involved in the nursing care of the patient. Kincaid joins forces with Dr. Tolkien, a local GP, who develops serious doubts about the supposedly improved level of healthcare being dispensed in the area when a higher than expected number of his patients start to die. Their efforts attract the unwelcome attention of the "powers that be" at the heart of a chilling and ruthless conspiracy and Kincaid, Tolkien and Eve find themselves in a desperate race to find and expose the truth - but at what cost?
Having worked as a practitioner in the NHS, I found myself thinking the unthinkable - that the plot was not that improbable, given the current financial climate and the unfortunate reality of health rationing within the NHS! Limited resources and advances in technology greatly influence both clinical management and delivery of health care, and decisions are, unfortunately, not always taken by the clinicians! I find it interesting that this was originally written two decades ago - how much more relevant is this possible nightmare scenario now than before??? The characters were well developed and credible and the suspense and tension were maintained throughout the story. I was totally unprepared, however, for the ending!
A disturbing and fascinating read, to be recommended!