Hannah Fâtier is a thirty-two-year-old physician fresh out of residency training. She’s just started her first job as an anesthesiologist at Deaconess Hospital in San Francisco, she’s bought a new home, and she’s engaged to be married.
In short, life is good for Hannah--until, one morning at work, tragedy strikes. A patient under her care dies unexpectedly during a routine operation. An investigation into the case reveals the cause of death to be a basic medical error committed by Hannah. Wracked with guilt, Hannah falls into a malaise of depression and self-reproach. Yet the more she ponders her alleged “error,” the more she realizes that something about the way her patient died doesn’t add up. Digging deeper into the records of the case, Hannah discovers a number of puzzling inconsistencies. She begins to suspect that someone has framed her for a medical mistake she never made. But who would do such a thing and why? And, more importantly, if there was no medical error, then why did her patient really die that morning on the operating table?
Where Death Is a Hunter is a medical mystery dealing with hospital death, betrayal, one doctor’s self-doubt, and the search for redemption.
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Lead character, Hannah, starts the book in a troubling situation, where she loses a patient on the operating table. She reviews the facts in her mind over and over, but ultimately the blame must be placed somewhere, and lands on her.
Where Death is a Hunter contains a laundry list of unique and truly intriguing traits. I love the chapter headers which, instead of titles, are quotes related to the upcoming portion of the story. The book is written from a unique first person perspective. I especially enjoyed how the author steps outside himself and writes the book completely as the female lead character.
For an author to write a character of opposing gender can be a trial – and to make that character the first person lead creates a greater challenge. The author reaches a moderate level of success in this venture, though I feel he missed some important areas. Through the book, the reader learns much about the lead, Hannah, and what happens around her and to her. She lives a tense and intriguing life, which results in an excellent and intricate skeleton for the story. While the author readily tells a worthwhile tale, there are some gaps in setting and emotional tone throughout the pages, and a lot of dialogue. Though the creative reader can infer the emotion and surroundings, there are points through the book where I wondered what the author had in mind.
REGARDING GENRE SELECTION : MEDICAL MYSTERY
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