I am in disbelief that it’s half way through August….I can already hear Mariah belting out the Christmas melodies at this stage! 2022 has been something else don’t you agree? Anyways, moving along….I have a book review for you today and Do No Harm had me at the blurb, especially because it was really reminiscent of the TV series Hostages from almost a decade ago….
About Do No Harm
My son has been taken. And I’ve been given a choice…Kill a patient on the operating table. Or never see him again.
The man lies on the table in front of me. As a surgeon, it’s my job to save him. As a mother, I know I must kill him. You might think that I’m a monster. But there really is only one choice. I must get away with murder. Or I will never see my son again.
I’VE SAVED MANY LIVES. WOULD YOU TRUST ME WITH YOURS?
Do No Harm is told from 3 POV’s….Anna (our surgeon), Rachel (our detective) and Margot (a really problematic nurse). I don’t mind multiple POV’s personally, but I did find it a bit repetitive as sometimes we lived through the same scene twice as it would be told through 2 perspectives.
Anna’s son is kidnapped and she has to do the unthinkable, kill a patient to save her son. I was gripped by the storyline, because as a mother, I can’t imagine being in Anna’s position. We then have Margot who gets involved in this and we have Rachel who is sure something is up with Anna, and she’s trying desperately to figure things out.
I found the surgery scenes to be absolutely riveting. I am pretty sure I held my breath while reading those scenes….the writing, the tension buildup, it was all done exceptionally well. As we get halfway though and then into the ending, the book becomes a little bit unbelievable and far fetched. I can’t say why, as I don’t want to give anything away, but there was too much that just doesn’t make sense in the plot and the questionable actions of the characters. I do feel like this would probably make a good movie though…
Do No Harm has a Goodreads rating of 4.1 stars, for me, it was around 3 stars. The book started off well and I loved the medical scenes, it just fell a bit short with the journey to the ending.
Disclaimer: Do No Harm was sent to me by Jonathan Ball Publishers in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.