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A stranger's life hangs in the balance. What if you had the power to decide if she lives or dies?

Dr. Charlotte Reese works in the intensive care unit of Seattle's Beacon Hospital, tending to patients with the most life-threatening illnesses and injuries. Her job is to battle death -- to monitor erratic heartbeats, worry over low oxygen levels, defend against infection and
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published March 4th 2014 by Simon & Schuster
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Katie Cleet and Raney are stargazing when he points out the Gemini constellation; "Castor is white-there. Pollux is darker. An orange star." In Greek…moreCleet and Raney are stargazing when he points out the Gemini constellation; "Castor is white-there. Pollux is darker. An orange star." In Greek Mythology they are twin sons of Leda; Castor the mortal son of Tyndareus and Pollux the immortal son of Zeus. When Castor dies Pollux splits his immortality to keep them together.
Later in book, Felipe reminds Charlotte of the myth and asks if she is the immortal twin come to rescue Raney. But this was a second foreshadowing of the discovery that Jake is a chimera and ultimately Eric's son. (less)
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Dec 20, 2014 ☮Karen rated it really liked it
Recommended to ☮Karen by: Cindy
I found this book to be moving, and the writing was beautiful. I would have liked to include many of the passages here if it weren't for the fact that my copy was an advanced readers edition -- no quoting allowed. So all I can offer are my thoughts, and I thought it was pretty wonderful. It explores first love, loneliness, trust, medical ethics and the science of genetics, in chapters alternating between two women. Raney is the one with the first love experiences and later hardships with her lov ...more
Feb 21, 2014 Carol rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
My sincere thanks to Simon and Schuster for providing an e-galley of Gemini due to be published in March 2014.

I could see her lying there, this Jane Doe , the heart of the book Gemini. I cared immediately for Jane, wondering how she became the victim of a hit and run, left injured at the side of the road. I feared growing attached to Jane, just like ICU Dr. Charlotte Reese of Beacon Hospital, Seattle, who orders this patient to be placed in a medically induced coma to allow her to heal, hoping a
switterbug (Betsey)
Jan 14, 2014 switterbug (Betsey) rated it really liked it
Intensive care doctor Charlotte Reese receives an unidentified and comatose patient in the Seattle area hospital where she works. The woman was a victim of a hit and run, and is referred to as Jane Doe for now, as the search for her family and the facts that caused this tragedy remain as mysterious as her identity.

Charlotte is haunted by Jane Doe’s lack of identity, and as her condition worsens, she endeavors to stabilize and keep her alive until a family member can be found to make the tough d
Aug 10, 2014 Dianne rated it really liked it
Intriguing book. There are two main story arcs. The first involves Charlotte, a compassionate intensive care physician, and her boyfriend, Eric, a writer. The two are in a relationship that seems to be at a stand-still. One day, a comatose woman is medevac’ed in to Charlotte’s hospital. She is a Jane Doe, a victim of a hit-and-run. Jane is intrigued by the woman and wonders why no one has claimed her as their own.

The other story arc is about Raney and Bo. Raney is a young teenager living in pove
Apr 14, 2014 Sarah rated it it was ok
2.5 stars. I wanted to like this but I really struggled - not for a lack of meaty and interesting medical and plot twists and turns, but just because I felt a bit bored with it. I wasn't invested in any of the characters, although I enjoyed the back story of Raney the most. The descriptions of the landscape and poverty were well written but that wasn't enough to keep me interested and had it not been for a long haul flight, I probably would have given up. I'm glad I didn't as I enjoyed the endin ...more
Paul Pessolano
Feb 11, 2014 Paul Pessolano rated it really liked it
“Gemini” by Carol Cassella, published by Simon and Schuster.

Category – Fiction/Literature Publication Date – March 04, 2014

“Gemini” is a story that combines the medical field, family life, life changing decisions, and the full spectrum of human emotions.

A woman is found seriously injured by the side of the road with no indication of who she is or where she lives. She is non-responsive and close to death.

Her case is taken up by Dr. Charlotte Reese who becomes personally and emotionally involved i
Jennifer Lynn
Jun 21, 2014 Jennifer Lynn rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2014
SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER!!!! I liked the book in the beginning. I thought the story was developing nicely with the way the doctor becomes attached to the patient and we have a patient that we are learning about her past. The flashbacks into the patient's past are well written and provide great insight into the woman's life. Unfortunately I can not rate this higher because of how the last half of the book was. It is not because of the ending exactly, but I can not understand how anyone who has rea ...more
Dec 02, 2014 Elsa rated it it was amazing
I often judge a book by how much it stays with me after I finish the last page. Do the characters haunt me for days afterward? Do I keep turning the themes over and over in my head, pondering how the whole thing fit together? For the very best books, the answer to those questions is YES, and that was the case with Gemini. I love Carol Cassella's writing always, but this novel was so artfully put together - so full of themes worth thinking about - that it's stayed with me even though I finished t ...more
May 25, 2014 Erica rated it liked it
This was a decent book. The characters were interesting and not just run of the mill, and I found the plot to be well paced and intriguing. I liked reading from an ICU doctor's perspective, as it is certainly not something you get every day. Much of the conclusion felt realistic to me, things work out, but not in a magical, fairytale everything ends well type of a way, which is always refreshing.

I enjoyed reading this novel, but it was a little predictable at times, and the final revelation at
Mary Ronan Drew
Nov 29, 2014 Mary Ronan Drew rated it really liked it
I couldn't put it down. People say that all the time about books they really liked, but in this case it was almost true. Although I did put it down on occasion, I never needed a bookmark.

Gemini is the third novel by Carol Cassella and it's the sort of novel one should read slowly. (Sorry, I just didn't have the self-discipline to saunter through it rather than dash.) Alternate chapters tell the stories of two women. First is Charlotte Reese, an ICU doctor who is struggling to save the life of a
Although I liked this book, it didn't quite live up to my expectations. The story was interesting but it didn't blow me away. I saw the ending coming which was a little disappointing. I enjoyed the weaving in and out of two narratives that ultimately come together. The writing was good - at times great - but there were times that the plot felt as if it was bogged down for me. Too slow or it needed to be edited a bit more. I'm not sure what it was but it wasn't what I'd describe as a quick read. ...more
Riley Vermilya
May 12, 2015 Riley Vermilya rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Who knew a medical mystery combined with a love story, genetics lesson, and the power of faith and determination could grab my attention and make me think about what I consider life and what point does one pull the plug?!?

This book instantly pulled me in despite being kind of medically "chick litty" and I never knew this kind of book existed until now.

Charlotte is a doctor and discovers herself getting deeply involved with a hit and run patient/Jane Doe. Raney and Bo are part of a parallel tal
One evening, a Jane Doe, victim of a hit and run, is transferred to Seattle Beacon Hospital. Charlotte Reese, ICU doctor, is to become her doctor, but once this Jane Doe is in Charlotte’s charge, the questions that Charlotte needs answered remain a mystery. Charlotte Reese must make decisions for her Jane Doe with no one else in this Jane Doe’s life stepping forward for her. The hospital becomes increasingly unwilling to continue any extraordinary means for a comatose patient with no identity an ...more
Lisa B.
Mar 09, 2014 Lisa B. rated it it was amazing
This is the story of Charlotte, Eric, Raney and Bo. We meet Dr. Charlotte Reese as she accepts responsibility of a Jane Doe who was the victim of a possible hit-and-run. The patient’s injuries are serious and life threatening. Charlotte has been in a relationship with Eric for several years. For some reason she can’t figure out, they seem stuck in one place and can’t seem to move their relationship forward.

When we first meet Raney and Bo, they are very young teenagers, both somewhat misfits, an
Jan 18, 2014 Denise rated it really liked it
4.0 out of 5 stars - Medical drama, mystery and love story...

Dr. Charlotte Reese, an intensivist, is on duty at Beacon Hospital near Puget Sound when an unidentified woman is admitted to the ICU -- the victim of a vehicular hit and run. Severely injured and unresponsive, the Jane Doe begins to consume Charlotte's thoughts and life. Who is this woman and why has no one reported her missing? Since there is no family to give medical directive, the hospital executives and legal team step in to assum
Dec 20, 2013 Laurel-Rain rated it it was amazing
In Seattle, Dr. Charlotte Reese has taken on the care of an unidentified woman, a Jane Doe, injured in an apparent hit and run accident. Or perhaps not an accident. For some reason, unknown even to herself, Charlotte becomes increasingly invested in what will happen to Jane. Especially as more time passes, with nobody coming forward to claim her. As her own personal life with long time partner, Eric, seems stalled, with a mysterious affliction seemingly standing between them and a future, Charlo ...more
Jan 13, 2014 Jill rated it really liked it
When a book is entitled GEMINI, you can expect a certain exploration of duality and indeed, this novel does not disappoint.

The storyline focuses on a badly injured and unconscious woman – a hit-and-run victim dubbed Jane Doe – who ends up in the intensive care unit. Her physician, Dr. Charlotte Rowe, becomes emotionally involved as she races to keep her alive and locate family members…and gradually, finds herself involved in ways she never suspected. In flashbacks, we learn about the back storie
You will like this book if genetics or medical dramas interest you even a sliver. But I am more sure that you will like this books if you like reading about the struggles of real people with real problems. In some ways this novel is a wake-up call, a deviation from romance and fantasy usually found in fiction (even contemporary fiction). It is a good hard look at life, at us -- the humans. It is an exploration of how we become people, and what external forces bind us to others, the forces that k ...more
Apr 27, 2014 Wendy rated it really liked it
Shelves: apr-14
GEMINI is the second novel I have read by Carol Cassella. Like OXYGEN, I enjoyed GEMINI and recommend it to anyone interested in a good story about medicine and the Pacific Northwest.
Jane Doe, an unidentified victim of a hit and run accident arrives at the emergency room of a Seattle-area hospital in a comatose state. Dr. Charlotte Reese is the attending physician and immediately forms a strong bond with Jane going above and beyond with her care.
As the story progresses, amidst the many twists
Peg (Marianna) DeMott
Nov 15, 2015 Peg (Marianna) DeMott rated it it was amazing
An excellent medical mystery. I liked this one in so many ways. Lovable yet imperfect characters yet plot, and yes, even setting driven. Learned about the heartbreak of making difficult decisions. The only flaw was that rather abrupt ending but it won't be difficult for the reader to fill in the blanks. Two middle age women in love with the same man weave a complicated story over decades.
Mar 26, 2014 Kathryn rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014
I sometimes tire of books that go back and forth between the past and present and must admit that was a bit frustrating for me. I do so enjoy how Carol Cassella tells a story that involves a lot of medical issues and makes it easy to follow and understand. She wove a solid story between Charlotte, Ramey, Eric and Jake. Each with their own story yet intertwined throughout the book. I must admit I did not discover her reason for the title, but thoroughly enjoyed the book just the same.
RoseMary Achey
Apr 06, 2014 RoseMary Achey rated it liked it
This book is multilayered…yes, it is a love story, and a commentary on ethics, but on a deeper level is explores Tetragametic Chimerism.

Tetragametic Chimerism is a form of congenital chimerism. This condition occurs through the fertilization of two separate ova by two sperm, followed by the fusion of the two at the blastocyst or zygote stages. This results in the development of an organism with intermingled cell lines. Put another way, the chimera is formed from the merging of two nonidentical t
Jul 09, 2014 Cindy rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
I'm giving this book a strong 4.5. It's a story of first love, morality, and interesting medical issues. I found myself totally wrapped up in the lives of the characters and hoping for a satisfying outcome to their problems and worries. Really good book that I would recommend.
May 04, 2014 Julia rated it it was amazing
This is Carol Cassella's 3rd book. All 3 are based on some type of medical crisis or phenomenon. This story begins with the discovery of a young woman found critically hurt beside the road and is rushed to the hospital emergency room where she is put under the careful care of Dr. Charlotte. The doctor and her team struggle to stabilize this unidentified patient who remains unconscious.

The story then goes back to this young woman's life, Raney, prior to the accident and we follow her life as she
Mar 17, 2014 Bobbi rated it it was amazing
I went with a friend to a book reading of this book and became enchanted by and fascinated with this author - I wished I had more time to chat with her then the few minutes we had as she signed my book. She is interesting on so many levels, a physician, the mother of 2 sets of twins, a wife and author not easy to juggle all of those balls in the air; one would think. This book did not disappoint. It is actually two stories about two women one is the primary doctor for a Jane Doe in the ICU and t ...more
Oct 06, 2014 Jeanne rated it it was amazing
I sat down and read this book in 1 day, what a luxury! Unusual story, likable, yet flawed, characters set in the Pacific Northwest.
Apr 01, 2015 Lindsay rated it it was amazing
For me, this book was the ideal mix of mystery, suspense, romance, and drama. I'm not sure how I came by this recommendation, but it turns out that Carol Cassella is a local author, and the story takes place in the Pacific Northwest. Starting in a Seattle Emergency room, you are introduced to a very devoted ER doctor. The story jumps back in time to a totally different story, but eventually, through all the plot twists and turns, you begin to see how the stories and people are all connected. It ...more
Apr 17, 2015 Kailee rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Medical Drama/Mystery Lovers
Recommended to Kailee by: Goodreads: First-Reads giveaway
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I'm giving this book 3.75/5 stars.

What first attracted me to Gemini was the medical aspect of it. I am in nursing school and I have always been fascinated with anything medical-related. After reading the first chapter, I could really tell that Carol Cassella had done her research when it came to the medical terminology.

It was a slow start for me and took me a while to get into the story. But once the plot got a little more interesting, I was hooked. The connection between Charlotte and Raney w
I really liked the premise of Gemini by Carol Cassella. Jane Doe arrives into the ICU of a hospital, a hit and run victim. Dr. Charlotte Reese is in charge of saving this woman while the police investigate the accident. Who is this patient; why doesn't a family member come forward; who is really in charge of Jane's fate? These are all great questions and are a great basis for a great book.

However, the book fell short for me. The first half, the backstory of Raney and Eric, was outstanding. I was
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Many thanks to author Carol Cassella for gifting me this book in exchange for an honest review. At the bottom of the page there will be a link to a Q&A I did with the author–enjoy!

An unidentified woman is hit by a car and abandoned along a rural highway in western Washington. She is life-flighted to a Seattle trauma center, where she’s admitted to the intensive care unit overseen by Dr. Charlotte Reese, who battles to keep h
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Carol Cassella, M.D. is a practicing physician and national bestselling author of two novels, Oxygen (2008) and Healer (2010), both published by Simon & Schuster and translated into more than a dozen languages. She majored in English Literature at Duke University and attended Baylor College of Medicine. Carol is board certified in both internal medicine and anesthesiology, and practiced primar ...more
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