The Second Opinion

  • by Michael Palmer
  • Narrated by Franette Liebow
  • 9 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Dr. Thea Sperelakis has always been an outsider. She has a brilliant medical mind and a remarkable ability to recall details, but her difficulty in dealing with hidden agendas and interpersonal conflicts has led her to leave the complex, money-driven dynamics of a hospital and to embrace working with the poor. Her father, Petros, is one of the most celebrated internal medicine specialists in the world and the founder of the cutting-edge Sperelakis Center for Diagnostic Medicine at Boston's sprawling, powerful Beaumont Clinic. 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.

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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.
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Excellent story

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. :)
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- Donna

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-17-2009
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio