Not Quite Dead
Author: Dawn Harris Sherling
Genre: Adult > Thriller > Medicine
Published: December 10, 2018
Format Read: Ebook via Netgalley
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Doctor Autumn Johnson is convinced that someone wants the promising young researcher, Jay Abrams, dead.
And as a newly minted medical intern, Autumn tries to outsmart death on behalf of her patients every day. But she just can’t seem to get it right. Not knowing the answers her residents expect her to, prescribing the wrong meds, and nearly passing out as a patient is wheeled into the ICU—is not how she had pictured herself as a physician.
Determined to do better, Autumn decides to prove someone tried to kill Jay. When the trail leads her to Jay’s mysterious notes, Autumn has little time to discover who wants Jay, and now her, dead. With the help of the only other intern she can call a friend and a self-destructive perfectionist for a supervising resident, Autumn will have to solve a mystery that reaches deep inside the medical establishment, threatening us all.
About The Author
DAWN HARRIS SHERLING, M.D. is an internal medicine physician and a writer of both fiction and non-fiction. Not Quite Dead is her debut novel. She is a Florida native and after surviving ten brutal New England winters, returned to her home state.
My First Medical Thriller
Much thanks to Netgalley and Dawn Harris Sherling for this complimentary copy. This review is voluntary and opinions are fully my own. Also, all quotes are taken from the ARC and may be different in the final published copy.
📚 Series? No.
📚 Genre? Thriller > Medical
📚 Read for? #NetgalleyNovember #30DayReviewChallenge Day 8
📚 Cliffhanger? No.
This year, I have read quite a few mysteries and thrillers, but I think it’s my first time to explore a medical one. I didn’t have any expectations, I just hoped that it would be action packed.
Not Quite Dead called on me from the title alone. I was expected to explore a medical mystery. However, this book did not manage to pique my interest that long.
The premise of the book is intriguing. There’s this drug trial and clinical research gone wrong. One of the main researchers is now indisposed and the intern sent to treat him is the girl he’s dating. Aside from Autumn, that said intern, we also have a few other POVs to help this mystery unfold.
This book shed light on how doctors are treated in reality and how undead intern’s lives are, just as expressed in medical dramas like Grey’s Anatomy, which I live for.
However, the writing style was too boring for my liking. I wasn’t in tune with the story’s flow. I felt like there was so much medical jargon for the ordinary reader and the pacing was off, at times.
All in all, I still liked the plot. The extremely detailed medical part just dragged the story and made reading, at least for me, feel like a chore.
My Book Rating Breakdown
🌼 Main Character:⭐⭐⭐☆☆
🌼 Support Characters:⭐⭐⭐☆☆
🌼 Writing Style:⭐⭐⭐☆☆
🌼 Character Development:⭐⭐⭐☆☆
🌼 Thrill: ⭐⭐☆☆☆
🌼 Pacing: ⭐⭐☆☆☆
🌼 Ending: ⭐⭐⭐☆☆
🌼 Unputdownability: ⭐⭐☆☆☆
🌼 Book Cover:⭐⭐⭐⭐☆