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“It's amazing that there are so many different ways to die in a hospital that have nothing to do with being sick…”

Steve Mitchell, happily married with a wife and two kids, is in line for a coveted position at Boston's University Hospital when his world goes awry.His over-reaching ambition causes him tobotch a major surgery, and another of his patients mysteriously dies. St
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Published February 4th 2014 by St. Martin's Press (first published February 1st 2014)
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Stephen King
Best damn medial thriller I've read in 25 years. Terrifying OR scenes, characters with real texture.
Now this is what I call a medical thriller!

Doing Harm is Kelly Parsons' debut novel and it is an excellent start for the physician turned writer. In fact I would call it the best medical thriller I've read since Robin Cook in his Coma days and that's going back a bit.

The premise involves surgeon Steve Mitchell who is seen as an excellent doctor looking forward to an outstanding future. But a bad call in judgement threatens his career. When one of his patients dies after what seems to be another
My sincere thanks to Netgalley and Macmillan publishing for the opportunity to read Doing Harm" before its February 2014 debut.

As a fan of both Robin Cook and Michael Palmer I was thrilled to learn there was a new doc on the block. Kelly Parsons, a board-certified urologist has proven himself worthy to join this team. Parson's medical knowledge is apparent from the get-go as he explains treatments and procedure like any good doctor should.

Stephen Mitchell, Chief Resident at prestigious Boston Un
Things are going great for Chief Resident Steve Mitchell. With the help from his outgoing and charming wife Sally, he learns he is a top candidate for his dream job in Boston after he completes his surgical residency. However, when a patient under Steve’s care dies, his job prospects are less secure. With the help of a friend, Steve tries to get to the bottom of some suspicious events going on in the hospital, but he puts himself and his family in the targets of a dangerous killer.

This is a uniq
Mary Beth
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James Patterson meets Atul Gawande
Dr. Steve Mitchell is a senior surgical resident at a prestigious Boston hospital with excellent prospects for a faculty position at the institution’s medical school. He’s married to a wonderful wife and has two delightful children. Life can’t get much better. Then his patients start dying, and Steve realizes that the deaths are not accidents. Steve has to stop the deaths before his professional future is irrevocably destroyed…but he can’t tell anyone what is ha
I was really excited to read this book because of the amazing reviews. I'm wondering how many of them were paid for it. I'm sorry but this book was ridiculous. First of all I feel like the author has no respect for women. The not very pretty and emotionless wife, the hot crazy murderer, the pale and anorexic ocd lawyer, the other anorexic date at the dinner party... wtf seriously?

Then we have Louis.. if you're going to write about a Marine, do it right. Once a Marine, always a Marine. You never
Did not finish. Oh, Dr. Parsons, I was so excited to read your interview in BookPage. I thought that we'd finally have a fresh voice in the medical thriller genre, but I was disappointed. The protagonist wasn't the least bit sympathetic, there was gratuitous sex and profanity throughout, and the antagonist (along with their motive) was revealed just halfway through. That's when you lost me. I could have handled any one of these shortcomings on its own, but the combination did me in, making me lo ...more
Is there an alternate ending? I mean the entire story was remarkable especially for an author's debut novel. He carries the reader through the entire book at breakneck speed. At the end though, he lost his rhythm and the story falters from there. It was a cop-out ending which only got worse. If I was his editor, I would have handed back the manuscript and told him to redo it - make it believable.

What does the Bible say about pride? That it goes before destruction? That is the case with Dr. Mitch
Judy Collins
A medical thriller, which kept me listening, on the edge of my seat, until the end of the epilogue and closing interview with the author. A gripping debut for a major fiction career for Parsons!

The audiobook narrator, Robert Petkoff, was a solid reader with a soothing voice, and his performance of some of the patients - a total riot with his sarcastic tones and character private thoughts. Would highly recommend the audiobook, as a narrator can make or break a book, and in this case, Petkoff had

By Kelly Parsons.

There are many ways to die in a hospital…being sick is only one of them.
What a great tag line for what I consider to be the best medical thriller written in the past 20 years. Talk about doing my best to get through the day and after everything quieted down getting back to the medical infra structure .that makes DOING HARM by Kelly Parsons work so well.
Chief resident Steve Mitchell is a doctor with big plans for himself. He has a wife who spent many years in human res
How long has it been since you’ve read a good medical thriller where the main character is being railroaded, patients are suffering and dying needlessly and even though the psychopath responsible is known to the reader, there really doesn’t seem to be a way to prove it? Dr. Steve Mitchell is an excellent surgeon with a bright and promising future who thrives in the operating room until one fateful surgery begins a downward spiral in his career and his confidence. When he continues to make mistak ...more
Cathe Olson
It seems to be a new trend that professionals in certain fields try to write novels that takes advantage of their knowledge. I recently read Snapshot, a law-type thiller which was written by a former Federal prosecutor--and now this one, a medical thriller written by a urologist. While these authors have a lot of knowledge on what they are writing about, they are unforunately not writers.

In the novel Doing Harm, the plot is pretty ridicolus, the characters are one-dimensional, the killer is rev
Ryan Dejonghe

“Like a good CSI episode.” That’s how one of my friends described this book. I agree with him. The writing was capable, informative, and overall entertaining. However, the plot was entirely predictable and the female characters had no umph.

What got me to read this book was Stephen King’s quote, “Best…medial thriller I've read in 25 years. Terrifying OR scenes, characters with real texture.” This reminds me why Gabrielle Zevin’s character A.J. Fikry called these blurbs “the blood diamonds of the
Dr. Steve Mitchell is a good surgeon. He is also in charge of training the new medical students. Steve is hoping to also further his career. If all goes right then, Steve will have everything...great career, wife, and children. Sadly, luck is not on Steve's side. First his patient goes into kidney failure and his next patient, he almost kills. It seems that there is something more sinister happening at the hospital like a serial killer that wants to teach Steve a lesson.

This book did not read l
Marilyn Rondeau
Steve Mitchell, chief resident at a prestigious teaching hospital in Boston has everything going for him. Ambitious, intelligent, confident and at the top of the heap for a coveted job to join the faculty - his future is practically a given! But in the space of a few days, a patient dies, a simple surgery turns into a disaster, and Steve realizes a killer is on the loose in the hospital. Indications are pointing in his direction, and Steve is aware he is being set up by a cold blooded psychopath ...more
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This was a good mystery novel, but it takes a while for it to really get going. From the get go we are immersed in Steve Mitchell’s life, learning about his daily routine, his hopes and fears, and his extreme talent for surgery. He has a great life, though perhaps he’s a little too cocky about his abilities, which in turn causes him to begin making mistakes--mistakes that cost lives and put him under intense scrutiny and his job on the line. It's very
You'll be hooked on the first page in this thrill ride for debut author Kelly Parsons. I had the privilege of reading this via Netgalley with his debut medical thriller, Doing Harm. Told in first person and in real time, you'll be taken in with action-packed, page-turning, adrenalin-rushed novel. Dr. Stephen Mitchell is an upcoming surgeon in a prominent university hospital with a promising career as a medical professor. He loves his career as a surgeon and his family, too. When when he meets me ...more
Jordyn Redwood
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I received an advance reader edition of this book from St. Martin's Press and Net Galley for the purpose of providing an honest review.

I am giving this book 4.5 out of 5 stars. This book took quite plot twist and turns which kept the pages flying. While some readers may find some of the medical scenes a bit too realistic, I loved what those details brought to the story. This book was written by a doctor and the surgery scenes definitely were a
I received an advanced copy through Netgalley in exchange for a review. Gripping from beginning to end. Told from the first person, the narrator is a brilliant but flawed man who seems to have his life in order. Steve attempts to balance a budding medical career and a wife and family. It appears as if he is able to balance it all until a new intern appears and sets into motion chaos, death and destruction.

The intern exploits Steve's weaknesses and easily manipulates him, setting him up for medic
Megan Treseder
A diverting thriller that distracted me on a lazy Sunday afternoon. The only problem that I had with it was that even I figured a lot of things out before the main character, and that is unusual. I love the surprise and the "gotcha!" moment at the end of a good thriller or mystery, which was kind of lacking here. It was a fascinating look into the world of medicine, specifically surgery, and the detailed accounts of surgical procedure were surprisingly not boring.
Whoa, what a surprise this book was! At first I thought it's the usual "misunderstood doctor being persecuted at the hospital for someone else's mistakes" story. But about halfway through I sat up and read faster. This became a psychological thriller about how one tries to take back control of their life when their job, family, reputation, and possibly life is at stake. Great debut novel by a surgeon who knows his stuff and the book benefits from his accurate details, though there are some pages ...more
Theresa Ann Casper Nelson
Unfortunately, I had to abandon this book after reading the first 5 chapters. After five chapters, I not only do not know what the mystery is, I have no idea when the book is going to be getting to it.

After five chapters, I think I should a lot more than just basic information about the main character, and that he thinks the newbie resident doctor is hot and looks good in pumps.

Since the setting is in a hospital, it's not a spoiler that someone dies. Whether or not that person's death has anythi
I can't remember the last book I read with my hand covering my mouth, afraid what will happen next (but knowing anyway). I found this book to be very exciting. I'm looking forward to the next book by Dr. Parsons.
Breann McGrath
Wow was this an awesome book!! For being Kelly Parsons first novel he sure nailed the hell out of it! The OR scenes in this book were so intense it made you feel like you were physically there with the characters. Amazing medical terminology (for those who don't know what is what). The story is of a surgeon who takes a med student under his wing. Long story short, she seduces him and from there things get out of control. Innocent patients die at one of the most prestigious hospitals in the world ...more
Staci Zemaitis
Couldn't put this book down! Great medical thriller!
Jenny Maloney
The author of this novel is obviously an intelligent dude. While some readers may find medicalese a difficult language to navigate, I thought it made this thriller waaaay more thrilling than it would've been otherwise. When our main character, Chief Resident Steve Mitchell, is up to his elbows in tumors and delicate procedures, it's hard to look away. You feel every placement of Steve's instruments in this story and Parsons does a pretty good job of explaining all of the procedures and the stake ...more
The Hardcover Honey
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Per the author photo and bio, Kelly Parsons is a handsome urologist who has written a proficient medical thriller about, guess what, a handsome urologist. In “Doing Harm”, Parsons' totem is Dr. Steve Mitchell, chief surgical resident at University Hospital and all around stud. Preternatural surgery skills, a loving wife and two cute daughters at home, the ability to function on little sleep – aside from his nervousness about getting a permanent spo
Doing Harm is a great first novel and a fun read for anyone who is comfortable with medical settings. The protagonist, a head surgical resident becomes involved in a cat and mouse, life or death "game" with a psycho who is killing patients. The story moves along a little slowly at first and picks up pace exponentially. Explanations of medical procedures and conditions are clear without becoming condescending, and the authors' descriptions of family-life, and the behaviors of children seem partic ...more
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