The Second Opinion

The Second Opinion

Book - 2009
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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 the poor, embattled  patients of Doctors Without Borders. Her father, Petros, is one of the most celebrated internal medicine specialists inthe world, and the founder of the cutting-edge Sperelakis Center for Diagnostic Medicine at Boston's sprawling, powerful Beaumont Clinic. Thea's rewarding life in Africa is turned upside-down when Petros is severely injured by a hit-and-run driver. He is in the Beaumont ICU, in a deep coma. No one thinks he will survive. Thea must return home. Two of Petros' other children, both physicians, battle Thea and her eccentric brother, Dimitri, by demanding that treatment for their father be withheld.As Thea uncovers the facts surrounding the disaster, it seems more and more to be no accident. Petros, himself, is the only witness. Who would want him dead? The answers are trapped in his brain . . . until he looks at Thea and begins slowly to blink a terrifying message. In The Second Opinion , Michael Palmer has created a cat-and-mouse game where one woman must confront a conspiracy of doctors to uncover an evil practice that touches every single person who ever has a medical test. With sympathetic characters and twists and betrayals that come from the most unlikely places, The Second Opinion  will make you question... everything.
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2009.
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780312343552
Branch Call Number: PALMER M
Characteristics: vii, 376 pages ; 25 cm.


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Jul 20, 2018

I loved this book as the language described every inch of the story in detail and every chapter pulled me in with excitement. The ending has a great twist and I didn't see it coming instead, I wanted to know what happened next. I appreciate that the author concluded the book with a unfinished story line. As a reader, I found myself imagining what happed next.

Oct 17, 2012

Somehow it looks all too predictable as in this genre of books and films.
Interesting from the point of view - to learn something from the field of medicine.
But in general - neither fish nor fowl.

Jun 21, 2012

A very exciting thriller involving a heroine with Asperger's Syndrome. I could not put it down. Per the author's note at the end, he has had personal experience with an Asperger's child, which must be what allowed the fabric of his heroine and her brother to come across as real. I highly recommend this book.

Apr 28, 2011

Really good thriller. I couldn't put it down, although some of the medical terminology went way over my head.

Nov 05, 2010

Loved this book

Oct 24, 2010

Second Opinion
by Michael Palmer

Two of the characters have Asperger's syndrome (autism). It's an interesting reading but a bit slower, if compared to most of Michael Palmer's other great books.

Jul 30, 2010


This book is definitely the page-turner it seems to be at first glance. And like any good suspense novel, it keeps you guessing and wondering every step of the way. But I personally felt the ending did not do the intricate plot justice, and seemed to be intended more for shock value rather than a feeling of it-all-makes-sense-now.
That said, it definitely satisfies the old suspense-novel craving, but it probably wouldn't join the list of excellent ones.


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