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4.09  ·  Rating Details ·  15,694 Ratings  ·  569 Reviews
Abby DiMatteo, immersed in her second year as a surgical resident at Boston's Bayside Hospital, is elated when the hospital's elite cardiac transplant team taps her as a potential recruit. But soon she must make a critical decision that jeopardizes her entire career. A car crash victim's healthy heart is ready to be harvested and is conveniently cross-matched to a wealthy ...more
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Published September 1st 1996 by Audioworks (first published January 1996)
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Hubjeanne Pretty high up there; it was a great book!! I'd say at least a 9.
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Brenda
Aug 06, 2011 Brenda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dr Abby DiMatteo felt like she was in a good place; a second year resident at Bayside Hospital, and working with the elite cardiac transplant team – she was just beginning to feel that all her hard work, the study, the years of staying at home when her friends went out partying and her huge student debt; it was all worth it.

With the devastating loss of a female car crash victim, brain dead but healthy in every other aspect it meant, with the husband’s permission, the heart was ready to be harve
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Lynn Spencer
Aug 26, 2016 Lynn Spencer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
You know a book is really good when you read it all in one sitting. This book grabbed my attention immediately and I just did not want to pull myself away.

The story centers on medical resident Abby DiMatteo, an ambitious new surgeon. Amidst the stress and sleep deprivation of her job at the hospital, she finds herself stumbling into irregularities with her hospital's transpant team. More specifically, organs seem to be coming available without the usual documentation. She starts to investigate a
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Bill
Feb 04, 2008 Bill rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-suspense
Harvest was recommended to me by a visitor to my site. Thanks, I enjoyed it.
Oftentimes when you read a novel about the profession in which the author was, at least you'll get an in depth perspective of that area.
In this case, the medical profession. Harvest focuses on organ
transplants, and the story involves organ donation on the black market.

Interesting stuff, and a very readable and exciting story. It would
appeal to just about anyone with an interest in this. All in all, a pretty formulatic
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Justė
Jul 19, 2015 Justė rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Esu didelė visokio plauko detektyvų gerbėja, tiesa, daugiau televizinių, nuo Mis Marpl galvosūkių iki kriminalinio Juodojo sąrašo. Tačiau pamažu įsibėgėju ir su detektyviniais romanais ir pagaliau prisikasiau iki Tess Gerritsen, apie kurią sklando legendos. Nenusivyliau.

Įdomu tai, kad visai nesistengdama, gana atsitiktinai, pradėjau būtent nuo pirmo jos detektyvinio romano „Donoras“ ir tuo dabar labai džiaugiuosi. Turėsiu progą skaityti jos knygas iš eilės ir stebėti rašytojos tobulėjimą, nes i
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Sheree
This is Tess Gerritsen's first medical thriller, prior to this she wrote romance. Gerritsen a Doctor, left her profession to concentrate on writing & raising her children. I laughed out loud at the manner in which Tess reports on her blog, the awful comments she gets from fans who love her medical thrillers then sample her romance novels. She tells writers and I think this applies to readers as well - "be prepared when you switch genres."
"Thriller writers hunger for respect from the mystery
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Carolyn
Aug 16, 2014 Carolyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
Abby de Mateo is a second year resident at a big Boston hospital.She is very excited to be offered a place on the cardiac transplantation team and has a bright future ahead of her. But Abby soon realises that something is terribly wrong with the transplant team. Heart transplants don't always seem to be going to the most deserving patients and there is a mystery over where some donor hearts are being collected. When she starts to investigate she finds a conspiracy against her and is not even sur ...more
Karenshaff
Jan 09, 2009 Karenshaff rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Totally captivating story...Tess Gerritson tells a good medical thriller story time and again, being a physician herself makes the descriptions seem so real. I have read lots of her books, and each time, they keep me reading and I have to force myself to stop and turn out the light at night. Good read.
Terri Lynn
I can't believe I read this in less than 24 hours. All 344 pages! This story was so good and so fast-paced, I couldn't stop.

Tess Gerritsen, like another favorite of mine Robin Cook, is a physician so writing a medical mystery comes natural to her.

Dr. Abby DiMatteo is a second year resident at Boston's Bayside Hospital. After 4 years of college and 4 years of medical school, she is finally getting to do what she longed to do since losing her beloved little brother as a child- surgery. She is al
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Kristen
Apr 16, 2008 Kristen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: medical-thriller
In one of Tess Gerritsen's earlier medical thrillers, Harvest dealt with organ transplantation and the darker side of it. When Dr. Abby Matteo, a medical resident, was elated to find out she was a potential recruit for the Boston Bayside Hospital's transport team, she was in for a ride. As she helped deliver a heart to a dying teen than an elderly woman who needed it, guilt wracked her. And when a new heart arrived for the woman, she discovered a shocking truth of the cover-up of falsified donor ...more
Laylah
Sep 20, 2010 Laylah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
Reading this book makes me feel like my neck being squeezed. The pressure keeps building page by page. Now I'm nearing suffocation. But it's a good suffocation. I don't know. Maybe I'm experiencing literary erotic aphyxiation. While dying to be released of this torture, I still want more. Gerritsen doesn't hold back on grusome. Abby was deliberately/wrongfully accused of mentally unstable. I suspect she would actually be so for real after the ordeal she suffers at the end of the book. The villai ...more
Lou Robinson
Good choice from the Hay-on-Wye crime and thriller bookshop that James and I stumbled upon back in August. Not an author I had read before, but from the cover it sounded like something I might enjoy I did! It was quite a complex story for a debut novel....and I'm not entirely sure I liked the ending and who ended up being the main crim....but overall, an entertaining read.
Deepa Rao
This book is a medical thriller about the organs black market trade made famous by Robin Cook's 'Coma'. The plot is nothing new and the villains fairly obvious from the start itself. It was still interesting enough for me to keep turning the pages but I have read much better work by this author. Not up to her usual standards.
Cath Gregson
Apr 06, 2017 Cath Gregson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Gripping from the start. I love tess gerritsen and she definitely doesn't let you down with this book.
Angela Meadon
Jun 05, 2016 Angela Meadon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It has been a very long time since I read a medical thriller. In fact, some of the first adult books I ever read were Robin Cook’s wonderful medical thrillers. I read them in my early teens, somewhere between my Dean Koontz binge and my first exposure to Robert Jordan.

As with so many good things in life, I’ve found my way back to medical thrillers with Tess Gerritsen’s Harvest.

This is Gerritsen’s first medical thriller (I understand that she wrote romance before this novel), and I’m incredibly p
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Kelly
May 15, 2010 Kelly rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Abby is a second year surgical intern at Bayside medical center, and is finally getting to where she wants to be in her career. So when a heart becomes available she assumes it will go to the deathly ill 17 year old boy who is crashing multiple times a day and has minimal time left to live. Instead, she's told it'll be going to a 46 year old woman, who is a private patient. Suspicious that she's only getting it because of her money, Abby makes sure the heart gets transplanted to the boy instead. ...more
Linda Robinson
Maybe I'll break my rule about reading the first novel by an author I haven't read before. The first is new work, a writer getting their writing muscles warmed up, the first editorial relationship tested, working arrangements, word choices being set like a table for a fancy dinner. This first novel has no tablecloth and plastic forks; we know the set-up, the bad guys, and the outcome way too soon. There's a weird typo missed in a sentence early on that read "opened the 'chest,'" instead of "char ...more
Wiebke (1book1review)
First of I have to say this is a genre I don't normally read and have little interest in. So my review is biased by this. My criticism might be something you like and appreciate about the genre.

For me reading this was very slow, I couldn't get interested in the characters, as they were mere stock figures, who had nothing new to offer.
The story itself was hard to get invested in as well, due to it's extreme predictability.
Apart from the last 40 pages I didn't feel any attempt at suspense and acti
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Sarah
Oct 01, 2011 Sarah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was absolutely fabulous. I was looking for something gritty when i went to the book store and the people were suggesting stuff and i decided to take this book. Then i started reading it and it was even better then what i had hoped for. For all those people who like their medical dramas, ie. ER, chicago hope, grey's anatomy, this book is 10 times better then those shows will ever be, even when they are in their peak air times. This book is down right dirty. Surgeons using words like 'cu ...more
Sandy Vaughan
Oct 26, 2011 Sandy Vaughan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: listened
By Tess Gerritsen
Narrated by George Guidall
Length:12 hrs and 30 mins
Release Date:04-22-11

You should know that my dad was an Army doctor and I have probably spent almost as much time in them as out! We were both mystery lovers so this had to be one of my Audible.com choices.

It got my husband and I a bit confused with some of the scene changes and who is or isn't there but that is kind of the fun of a mystery. Will it all come together in the end? While we figured out who was what and why, there w
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Thom Swennes
Jun 29, 2011 Thom Swennes rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Harvest is a great read! The book gives the reader a view of transplant surgery with a twist as only Tess Gerritsen can. If she practiced medicine as well as she can write a really great story then the medical world has lost a treasure. Her knowledge of medicine and the hospital OR makes her stories all the more believable. Harvest is the story of Dr. Abby DiMatteo, a second year surgical resident. Her decision to do what her heart tells her gets her into more trouble than she (or the reader) co ...more
Sheila
Mar 08, 2010 Sheila rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was one fantastic medical thriller. It reminded me a lot of Robin Cook's Coma which is what the title Harvest refers to. I honestly couldn't put this book down. I am doing several goodreads challenges and when I got this book from the library and it was 650 pages in large print version I groaned because of the length. But by about page 200 I literally couldn't put it down. I worked in a hospital for 35 years so I tend to like medical drama books and tv so I am probably preprogrammed to like ...more
Mainlinebooker
Jan 14, 2015 Mainlinebooker rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-thriller
OMG..read this in one day. I could not put this down and ended up staying up until midnight to finish..A young female surgical resident is faced with a moral dilemma when a young boy needs a heart but her supervisors want to give the heart to the dying wife of a very wealthy and powerful man.Later, there appears to be many discrepancies in the donor paperwork which leads to her uncovering a sinister plot, and threatening her role as a doctor. If you like medical suspense, this is the book for yo ...more
Debbie Bradford
Jul 02, 2015 Debbie Bradford rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This has to be one of my all time favorite books. I fell in love with the young orphan boy and was on the edge of my seat until the end to find out what happened to him. He was not only smart but street smart with an undeniable quest to survive. What a great book, and what a great writer. Hope she has many, many more and soon, I have read most of them already!
Frau Zentner
zugegeben, die erste Hälfte war relativ langweilig. interessant, aber langweilig. allerdings muss man dazu sagen, dass das Hörbuch wieder extrem ausgedehnt war (14 h für knapp 400 seiten, macht 7 h für die erste Hälfte).
die zweite Hälfte war dafür doppelt spannend! und am Ende gab es einen richtig aaawww-moment.
Nicole
3,5 stars
I'm not the biggest fan of books set in/around a hospital, but because I like Tess Gerritsen's Rizzoli & Isles series, I decided to give this a try as well.

The ending could have used a couple more pages (it felt a little too abrupt in my opinion) and some things where a little predictable but other than that I really enjoyed it.
Maurean
A really good medical thriller. This is only my second Gerritsen novel (I also enjoyed "Life Support"), but I too think her writing style keeps you interested in the storyline, while her characters make you care what happens next! Good stuff
David
Mar 22, 2012 David rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A well written medical thriller centering on illegal black market organ harvests in a hospital system rotten to the core. Full of suspense and intrigue and a thoroughly enjoyable read.
Ashley
Sep 16, 2013 Ashley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Such a great book, I really liked the authors style. I will definitely be reading more of her books in the future!
Fran Alsaud
Se me hizo un poco lenta la primera mitad mientras se armaba la historia, aunque es entretenida y bien fundamentada. Me gustó.
Katherine Robinson
Really enjoyed this! Can't wait to read another Tess book.
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Internationally bestselling author Tess Gerritsen took an unusual route to a writing career. A graduate of Stanford University, Tess went on to medical school at the University of California, San Francisco, where she was awarded her M.D.

While on maternity leave from her work as a physician, she began to write fiction. In 1987, her first novel was published. Call After Midnight, a romantic thriller
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“God, it's like reality's completely shifted on me. I used to think I was standing on such solid ground. If I wanted something badly enough, I just worked like hell for it. Now I can't decide what to do, which move to make. All the things I counted on aren't there for me anymore.” 25 likes
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