Not Quite Dead
Dawn Harris Sherling, author
Doctor Autumn Johnson is convinced that someone wants the promising young researcher, Jay Abrams, dead. And as a newly minted medical intern, Autumn tries to outsmart death on behalf of her patients every day. But she just can’t seem to get it right. Not knowing the answers her residents expect her to, prescribing the wrong meds, and nearly passing out as a patient is wheeled into the ICU—is not how she had pictured herself as a physician. Determined to do better, Autumn decides to prove someone tried to kill Jay. When the trail leads her to Jay’s mysterious notes, Autumn has little time to discover who wants Jay, and now her, dead. With the help of the only other intern she can call a friend and a self-destructive perfectionist for a supervising resident, Autumn will have to solve a mystery that reaches deep inside the medical establishment, threatening us all.
Autumn Johnson, the heroine of Sherling’s impressive first novel, endures long hours in the ICU at Boston Memorial Hospital as a first-year intern. Her onerous duties leave her little time to spend with her new boyfriend, Jay Abrams, a medical student involved in diabetes research. The professional and personal intersect after a seriously ill patient with heart problems who’s brought into intensive care while Autumn is on duty proves to be Jay. Despite the heroic efforts of a senior resident, Jay, whose ailment is undiagnosed, remains near death. Autumn’s relationship with him leads the hospital to give her some time off, which she spends trying to track down what caused his condition. A prologue suggests the answer with its introduction of an unscrupulous doctor who falsifies his studies of the effects of a new weight loss drug to conform with the requirements of the pharmaceutical company funding his work. Sherling’s attention to detail makes any suspension of disbelief easy. Robin Cook fans will enjoy this intelligent medical thriller. (BookLife)