Carol Cassella, Gemini
Simon & Schuster, $25.99 (due 3/4/14)
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One night a Jane Doe is transferred to her care from a rural hospital on the Olympic Peninsula. This unidentified patient remains unconscious, the victim of a hit and run. As Charlotte and her team struggle to stabilize her, the police search for the driver who fled the scene.
Days pass, Jane’s condition worsens, and her identity remains a mystery. As Charlotte finds herself making increasingly complicated medical decisions that will tie her forever to Jane’s fate, her usual professional distance evaporates. She’s plagued by questions: Who is Jane Doe? Why will no one claim her? Who should decide her fate if she doesn’t regain consciousness—and when?
Perhaps most troubling, Charlotte wonders if a life locked in a coma is a life worth living.
Enlisting the help of her boyfriend, Eric, a science journalist, Charlotte impulsively sets out to uncover Jane Doe’s past. But the closer they get to the truth, the more their relationship is put to the test. It is only when they open their hearts to their own feelings toward each other—and toward life itself—that Charlotte and Eric will unlock Jane Doe’s shocking secret, and prepare themselves for a miracle.
Filled with intricate medical detail and set in the breathtaking Pacific Northwest, Gemini is a riveting and heartbreaking novel of moral complexity and emotional depth. - See more at: http://books.simonandschuster.com/Gemini/Carol-Cassella/9781451627930#st...
Practicing anesthesiologist Carol Cassella brings us a riveting medical mystery, set in the breathtaking Pacific Northwest. Dr. Charlotte Reese works in the ICU of Seattle's Beacon Hospital, tending to patients with the most life-threatening illnesses and injuries. Across the Puget Sound in a rural hospital on the Olympic Peninsula, an unidentified patient lies unconscious, the victim of a hit and run. Charlotte receives a call: Jane Doe will be transferred to her care. But when the patient arrives -- with only tubes keeping her alive -- Charlotte has to dig through x-rays and MRIs to determine what went wrong on the operating table. Jane Doe's condition is getting worse each day, and Charlotte finds herself getting increasingly consumed with her patient's plight -- both medical and personal. With the help of her boyfriend, Eric, a science journalist, Charlotte unlocks Jane Doe's shocking secret.
A stranger's life hangs in the balance. What if you had the power to decide if she lives or dies?
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