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Lifelines (Angels of Mercy #1)

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A gripping behind-the-scenes drama of four women who face life and death every day

On her first day at Pittsburgh's Angels of Mercy Medical Center, L.A.-transplant Lydia Fiore, the new ER attending physician, loses a patient: the Chief of Surgery's son. Now, to save her career, Lydia must discover the truth behind her patient's death, even as it leads her into unfamiliar-a
Paperback, 405 pages
Published March 4th 2008 by Berkley
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Paige  Bookdragon
Jan 05, 2016 Paige Bookdragon marked it as to-read
Recommended to Paige by: Mario
This sounds goodish :)
Dec 28, 2012 Jan rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, own-copy
Being an "ER" junkie, I thoroughly enjoyed "Lifelines" and the drama an ER always holds. Lydia Fiore, a new ER attending physician from L.A. starts her day at Pittsburgh's Angels of Mercy loses a patient who turns out to be the Chief of Surgery's son. The remainder of the book, covering 4 days, has Lydia working diligently putting the puzzle together of who was responsible for that death and several others.
Krystle Kouture
May 10, 2015 Krystle Kouture rated it really liked it
Really enjoyed the many different storylines and the characters. Hope to read the rest of the series!
Aug 20, 2011 Basmah rated it really liked it
Predictable yet a fun thriller ^_^ especially for those in the medical field.
Jan 18, 2015 Nika rated it it was amazing
My mom bought this book last fall and I was eyeing this book since then. In January, I put this book on my TBR, and now I’ve finally read it. I was a bit afraid that I wouldn’t like it, sicne it’s out of my confort zone and I don’t usually read books in this genre, but I was pleasantly surprised. I loved this book so much and now I can’t stop thinking about it.

The premise of this book didn’t sound super interesting to me when I first read the summary and I started reading this book only because
Dec 18, 2008 Monie rated it it was amazing
In Lifelines we meet four strong ladies who work at Angels of Mercy Medical Center in Pittsburgh. Lydia Fiore, the ER attending physician whose first day on the job may be here last when she fails to save the life of the Chief of Surgery's son who was struck by a car. Nora Halloran, the charge nurse whose relationship with her boyfriend is falling apart but Nora seems oblivious to that fact. Amanda Mason, the med student with aspirations of being a pediatrician who refuses to accept the fact tha ...more
Dec 20, 2008 Kristen rated it it was amazing
If you loved shows like ER, you'll love be in the front and center of an Emergency Room in a Pittsburgh. In CJ Lyons's Lifelines, this book launched the first book in her Angels of Mercy series. Lydia Fiore was new to the area and hailed from Los Angeles. When she first arrived on the scene on Transition Day, things took a bit turn for the worse as attending nurse, when the Chief of Surgery's son died on the table. To save her career, she needed to get behind the truth behind his death. Lucky fo ...more
Dec 03, 2010 Denise rated it liked it
Forgettable, too much romance not enough medicine for me. Very unrealistic portrayal of physicians IMHO.
Enjoyable read, interesting characters, quite a lot going on.
Sarahlynn Lester
May 06, 2011 Sarahlynn Lester rated it liked it
I met CJ Lyons at Love Is Murder last month and immediately knew that I wanted to buy her book. She was on a panel with James Strauss, novelist and senior writer for House, M.D. (one of my favorite television shows): House VS Holmes: C.J. Lyons and Jim Strauss spar and chat about these two loveable, drug-addicted misanthropes. Someone asked a question about Lisa Cuddy, which sparked an interesting discussion about the portrayal of women in medical fiction.

We all agreed that Lisa Edelstein's char
Lisa Jo
Mar 07, 2011 Lisa Jo rated it really liked it
Lydia is having the worst first day. Ever. She is the new attending physician at Pittsburgh’s Angels of Mercy Medical Center and within hours of her first shift, loses one of her patients. As if that wasn’t bad enough, the patient just so happens to be the Chief of Surgery’s son. Now not only is her new job being threatened, but her whole career. Put on a strict probation, Lydia knows she has to investigate further to find out what went wrong. To her surprise, she finds herself drawn into a full ...more
Jun 12, 2012 Liviania rated it really liked it
Dr. Lydia Fiore’s first day as an attending might be her last. She saves her first several patients, impressing various hospital workers. But one of her patients dies – and Jonah Weiss happened to be the Chief of Surgery’s son. Lydia knows she did everything she could, but the death is her responsibility. Jonah, she learns, is a prominent gay rights activist in Pittsburg, the leader of a group known as Gays Organized Against Discrimination (GOAD). The Sons of Adam, a militant cult, had reason to ...more
Jun 07, 2008 Amie rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fans of Romantic Suspense and strong heroines
For the record, I don’t know CJ Lyons (the author) personally, but I do know her by name and I know she had a long, interesting road to publication, which IMO makes this book that much sweeter. Because you see, LIFELINES ROCKS!!!!!!!

The quote from Lisa Gardner on the front comparing LIFELINES to Old ER is dead on (though I actually watch more new ER than I ever did the old–it’s on my list). Have you heard me whining lately about a lack of single title romance? If not, you must be deaf because I
Feb 07, 2009 Cheryl rated it really liked it
Watch out Pittsburgh’s Angel of Mercy Medical Center, there is a new doctor in town. Her name is Lydia Fiore. She is the new ER physician. Lydia is greeted by Nora, the ER charge nurse, Gina, who is tall and sharp tongue, and who has a major chip on her shoulder and her roommate Amanda, the quiet blond southern belle.

Even before her first rotation is over, Lydia causes a big stir. Her first emergency room patient is a teenage boy. Lydia is told that the boy was hit by a car but there are barely
Elizabeth Nesbit-comer
This series is so promising. I will just need a bit of a tone down of the explosions and gunfire. This could have easily have been a 5 star book if there was more emphasis on character development and less on the action. Lydia is a strong character.. a bit too strong sometimes. Following David to the crazy gang church grounds was just silly. Getting kicked off the staff on her first day and then continuously continuing to work on patients with zero repercussions .. not very believable.
Her relat
Jean Poulos
Apr 15, 2016 Jean Poulos rated it liked it
This is my first book by C. J. Lyons. The story is a medical thriller and it is apparently the first book in a series.

Lydia Fiores M.D. is a new ER attending physician at Pittsburg Angel of Mercy Medical Center a teaching facility. On her first day of work on a new job Fiore makes a miraculous life saving move on one case but on another case considered a routine mid-level emergency auto-accident patient she loses the patient. The problem is the patient is the son of the chief of surgery in the
Apr 04, 2008 Jane rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, thriller
This is one action-packed book and that's a big part of the problem. The book starts off well with Dr. Lydia Fiore starting her new job as the attending ER physician in the Angels hospital in Pittsburgh. On her first night she successfully resuscitates a teenager - and impresses her new staff - then loses another young man who seemingly should not have died. As though the puzzle and frustration of his death isn't enough, it turns out that he was the son of the chief of neurology who now wants Ly ...more
Feb 13, 2017 Anne rated it really liked it
I'd give this 3.5 stars if I could - at first it seemed I'd picked up Grey's-the-book, but with several mysteries floating through the narrative its more interesting than that. Did the editor set a page limit? Threads wind up awfully fast toward the end.
Vivian Zabel
Apr 23, 2008 Vivian Zabel rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone interested in mystery, medicine, romance, good writing
Recommended to Vivian by: no one, I was interested in the author
My mother would have loved LIFELINES even more than I did. As a nurse, she would have enjoyed the detailed and real hospital scenes and medical procedures. As someone who became ill when someone else oozed blood or vomited, I grimaced but kept on reading. The story kept my attention, and I had to know what happened next.

CJ Lyons brought her knowledge as a pediatric emergency room physician to her book. The plot deals with Doctor Lydia Fiore arriving for a new position at a hospital across the co
May 12, 2010 Jodi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: rt2010, kindle, 2016-read
This medical thriller was both tense and fun as we follow 6 days, though mostly 4, in the life of Dr. Lydia Fiore, new ER attending physician at Pittsburgh's Angels of Mercy Medical Center. She's a top notch doctor who sees things that others don't. Angels is a teaching hospital and July 1, Lydia's first day, is also transition day, when new interns start. It's always hectic and the risk of death is exponential. Her first few patients prove challenging and one proves the rule that people die on ...more
Jun 03, 2014 K rated it really liked it
good introduction to a cast of characters at a hospital in pittsburgh PA. The rapid switching of characters in the beginning was hard, til you knew who was who, even then, I had to remember who was who and with the hospital as co workers, friend, lover, or related to the story somehow.
However, the large cast kept me interested, and built up suspense as I flipped from scene to scene during the climax.
I was expecting more medical stuff, and not so much hospital cliché based on authors ba
Book Concierge
Sep 09, 2012 Book Concierge rated it did not like it
Shelves: concierge, debut, terrible
Dr Lydia Fiore has just started work as the new attending ED physician at Angels of Mercy Hospital. But her first day goes terribly wrong when a patient dies despite all her best efforts. The fact that he is the son of the head of surgery makes things doubly difficult for Dr Fiore.

Lyons has written a hospital soap opera that trots out every stereotypical character of that genre (e.g. inept but arrogant intern from a rich family; hard-bitten but tender-hearted cop; tough-as-nails head nurse; etc
Dec 23, 2008 Becky rated it really liked it
This book pulled me in right from the beginning. Lydia, the new ER attending physician to Angels of Mercy hospital starts this new job on Transition Day, the most dangerous day of the year. She is immediatly thrown into work and ruffles the feathers of other interns and residents. However, she loses a patient on that first day that happens to be the chief of surgery's son. Lydia is determined to find out what killed the young boy, but in doing so she puts herself and others in danger.

Overall, I
Jul 27, 2011 Jen rated it did not like it
*may contain spoilers*

This book started out promising. Reminded me of ER or Grey's Anatomy which is why I bought it in the first place. However, it quickly turned into an episode of 24, complete with "I'll solve the problem myself" protagonists and bombs going off. The timeline was a bit unrealistic, and the author seemed to completely drop the character development in order to dig herself out of the hole that got deeper with every 24 or Nancy-Drew-like plot twist. The ending left me unsatisfied
Jul 22, 2013 Mattie rated it really liked it
In this debut novel you will meet four very strong women. You will follow these women as the series unfolds. Each novel becomes stronger in character development. C J Lyons has a smooth flowing writing style that will keep your interest open to all the activity taking place. As an ER physician her medical authenticity is spot on! I am a retired nurse and the medical genre is one of my favorites. There are a few instances that are not believable, but I feel adds to the intrigue. I highly recommen ...more
Feb 27, 2009 Aimee rated it liked it
Good book; not great literature. But this isn't the kind of book you read if you want great literature. Very entertaining, fast-aced, absorbing... much like watching TV. One of the reviews on the book jacket compares it to ER and Grey's Anatomy combined. I have never watched Grey's Anatomy, so I don't know about that, but I did find it to be like watching a combine episode of ER and Law and Order. I am now reading the second book in the series, Warning Signs, which is not nearly as good as Lifel ...more
Carmaletta Hilton
Apr 11, 2008 Carmaletta Hilton rated it did not like it
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Mar 27, 2016 Y. rated it really liked it
I always said that I admire doctors because I wouldn't imagine myself doing the stuff they have to do and the responsibility that follows it (and I especially don't like blood and needles, just so you know).
This was my first C. J. Lyons book and I have to say I enjoyed it. The book contains everything I like in a novel: real life, thriller and a little romance. Perfect!

The characters are really detailed and I was really glad to see there are more books in this series! I'm lacking good words so,
Tracey Cramer-Kelly
Nov 02, 2011 Tracey Cramer-Kelly rated it really liked it
Shelves: medical-drama
As a former Army-trained paramedic, I love medical drama in just about any form. (My novel, Last Chance Rescue, takes place within a search-and-rescue team.) I also like mystery and romance, and this book has it all! Lydia makes a strong “heroine,” even as she struggles with her own doubts and past – and her feelings about getting involved with paramedic Trey. I got the other three female characters mixed up at times, so perhaps there were too many sub-stories going on… but that's why this is a ...more
Karleene Morrow
Aug 22, 2012 Karleene Morrow rated it really liked it
I was so pleased to find a couple new writers of medical thrillers as I've exhausted all the books of Tess Gerritsen, Robin Cook, Michael Palmer and most of Minette Walters. Lucky me to now have new authors to read including C.J. Lyons.

Lifelines was a page turner and in the process of totally enjoying the story, I loved the women in it, physicians Lydia and Gina, Charge nurse Nora and med student Amanda.

I can recommend this one for sure to readers of medical thrillers, or anyone who just enjoys
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