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The Second Opinion
The Second Opinion
Author: Michael Palmer
Dr. Thea Sperelakis, diagnosed as a teen with Asperger's syndrome, has always been an outsider. She has a brilliant medical mind, and a remarkable recall of details, but her difficulty in dealing with hidden agendas and interpersonal conflicts have led her to leave the complex, money-driven dynamics of the hospital, and to embrace working with t...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780312937768
ISBN-10: 0312937768
Publication Date: 12/29/2009
Pages: 432
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.

3.9 stars, based on 74 ratings
Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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practicaldoc avatar reviewed The Second Opinion on + 9 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 5
My first book by this author. Fast moving at times and at others, tedious. The ending seems hastily put together and does not tie in well with the character development. An okay gym read but you could skip this and not be any worse off.
honeybee23 avatar reviewed The Second Opinion on + 11 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 4
The cover of Michael Palmer's "The Second Opinion" has the phrase "Question Everything" written in a small, pale grey font, easily missed if you only glance at the cover. Those two words completely sum up the plot of this page turner.

Dr. Thea Sperelakis returns from The Congo when her father, a renowned internist, is in a coma after a car accident. Soon, she suspects that the accident was no accident, and she begins a rogue investigation into the "accident" and finds more than she bargained for.

Whenever I think I've cracked the case, Palmer offers a new clue followed by another twist. The reveal is both a bit of a shock, and had me realize that instead of questioning everything, I allowed prejudices to cloud my thinking.

I highly recommend starting this book on a long afternoon when you have several uninterrupted hours to devote to reading, because you won't want to put it down.
reviewed The Second Opinion on + 3073 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 3
I don't read a lot of medical thrillers, etc. but this one will keep your attention, from the beginning when Thea gets a response from her Father who is in a coma and only responds to her and no one else, so she suspects something was happening with her Father at the time of his accident and as she follows up on her own investigation she finds a man she can fall in love with and together they proceed to discover what is going on.
Mel avatar reviewed The Second Opinion on + 186 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
I enjoyed reading this book. The story kept me guessing and I love the characters. I found it hard to put this book down.
punkinema avatar reviewed The Second Opinion on + 305 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
Thea rushes home when her father is struck in a hit-and-run accident and sustains severe cranial damage as well broken bones, etc. The youngest of 5 children, she is apparently the one her father trusts. They are a large Greek family and all but one is a physician of some sort. The children want to "unplug" Dad but Thea believes it is not yet time. In a bizarre twist of events, she learns that his accident was not "accidental" but intentional. Her father is barely able to communicate with her using eye blinks but she learns enough and sets out to find the truth. She is nearly killed herself and the body count continues to rise. As usual, Michael Palmer wrote another medical thriller with enough details for his reader to understand but not overwhelm. I was a little disappointed with the ending - I felt there were loose ends left open and I hate that.
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Readnmachine avatar reviewed The Second Opinion on + 1434 more book reviews
Palmer does a credible job here of building a whodunnit involving the hit-and-run attack on a prominent physician, which leads to the discovery of a network of deceit, greed, and murder within the structure of a huge medical center.

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