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4.08  ·  Rating Details  ·  14,406 Ratings  ·  499 Reviews
Medical resident Dr. Abby Matteo is elated when the elite cardiac transplant team at Boston's Bayside Hospital taps her as a potential recruit. But faced with a tormenting life-and-death decision, Abby helps direct a crash victim's harvested heart to a dying teenager -- instead of the wealthy older woman who was supposed to receive it. The repercussions leave Abby shaken a ...more
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Published August 1st 1997 by Pocket Star (first published January 1996)
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Jul 03, 2014 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
Feb 04, 2008 Bill rated it liked it
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
Jan 04, 2009 Sheree rated it it was amazing
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
Aug 22, 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
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
Sep 22, 2010 Laylah rated it really liked it
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
Nov 18, 2014 Kristen rated it really liked it
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
Deepa Rao
Feb 16, 2016 Deepa Rao rated it liked it
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.
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.
Jul 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
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Jul 13, 2014 Wiebke (1book1review) rated it it was ok
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
Oct 01, 2011 Sarah rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 08, 2015 Mainlinebooker rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery-thriller 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
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 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
Thom Swennes
Jul 06, 2011 Thom Swennes rated it it was amazing
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
Fran Alsaud
Feb 23, 2015 Fran Alsaud rated it liked it
Se me hizo un poco lenta la primera mitad mientras se armaba la historia, aunque es entretenida y bien fundamentada. Me gustó.
Sep 07, 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
Wendy Kendall
Nov 01, 2014 Wendy Kendall rated it it was amazing
Did anyone ever warn you that sometimes you will reap what others sow? I’m not talking agriculture; this “Harvest” is within a medical thriller. This novel is a chilling, heart-pounding look into the world of transplant medicine. And especially a look into what is reaped when a system goes unthinkably wrong.

Dr. Abby DiMatteo is a medical resident at Boston’s Bayside Hospital, with a bright future ahead. Her career path, her personal life, and her love life are all exciting and promise fulfillmen
Apr 29, 2016 Matthew rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Over her dead body...

Harvest is a new kind of read for me, a medical thriller that is rich with the author's knowledge and experience. It's a read I am now adamant I want more of.

Tess weaves an adrenaline-infused cross of medical drama and conspiracy thriller, all backed by the authenticity she brings to the table with her medical background. It's so close to reality that the chills and shivers you experience are hard to shake even when you put the novel down.

You'll face morals and money, love
Robert Scott
Jun 06, 2015 Robert Scott rated it it was amazing
It is hard to believe that this is a debut novel. The first chapter seemed to have no connection, but then things got interesting. Abby DiMatteo is a second year surgical resident at Bayshore Hospital in Boston. Only 3 more years and she will be a certified surgeon. She has attracted positive attention from all the surgeons and then she with the aid of chief resident Vivian Chao make a decision about a heart transplant which changes everything. Despite having been asked to consider joining the t ...more
Charity Yoder
4.5 stars

OH... this book was nearly perfect. I'm used to Gerritsen's novels by now. Crime with enough twists and turns to keep me going. But danggg it I should have seen that one twist coming. Actually, I'm glad I didn't because around midnight I got to yell "What The hell??"

The plot was decent enough. Heroine uncovers a scandal of rich patients literally buying bodies for parts. Sounds creepy enough, right? Well... what I didn't realize that literally almost everyone was in on it. Hence,
Jason Alexander
Dec 04, 2014 Jason Alexander rated it liked it
At the cross streets of capitalism and organ transplantation.

Dr. Abby DiMatteo, a surgery resident that seems to have it all, brilliant career prospects and a man she loves and trusts. She has everything to look forward to, that is until she takes an opportunity to make sure a dying young man receives a heart that was about to be redirected to a wealthy individual further down the transplant list. Her decision saves a life, but threatens to take away everything she's worked so hard for and hold
Jun 26, 2014 Carol rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Nathan Burgoine
Jun 08, 2015 Nathan Burgoine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
When a doctor uncovers what might be an underground organ selling system, things are bad enough. When organs seem to be coming from outside the donor bank, however, where they're coming from becomes a frightening possibility.

Dodging bullets, accusations, career-wrecking lawsuits and worse, Abby DiMatteo struggles even to keep her life while still fighting to find more evidence, before she's buried with the rest of the information.

Tension was good, the voice was good, but there were a few weak
Judy Hall
Abby DiMatteo is a surgical resident who agrees to help the senior resident make sure a patient gets a heart after a rich man tries to move his wife up the recipient list. When they're caught Vivian Chao loses her job and Abby finds herself under siege with lawsuits. Then she's suspected of murdering one of her patients. Meanwhile, Yakov, a one handed throwaway child from Latvia finds himself on a boat off the coast of America, as one by one, the other boys are taken off to their "new families". ...more
Andrea Ingram
Dec 18, 2015 Andrea Ingram rated it liked it
I enjoyed the detailed story with lots of action but plot was predictable and required too much collusion. Reads like a made for TV Movie instead of good novel.
****spoiler alert***
Predictable for the following: why 3 million or half a million too much for surgeons to have? Why so easy to manipulate the staff don't they know how to compare notes and get mad enough to want a little pay back? Blackmailing/framing scheme does not inspire loyalty and act like they are dealing with weak minded not
Apr 18, 2008 Maurean rated it liked it
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
Charlotte Nash
Mar 26, 2016 Charlotte Nash rated it really liked it
A compulsive page-turner with lots of high-fidelity medical detail. Does a great job of creating suspense, and uses some interesting techniques to tell the story - many many POVs which works very well. I was only a tad disappointed with what felt like a slightly premature ending - felt like another scene or chapter was missing, but not a huge deal. The only other thing I'd say is I read this because I'd heard the author described by Stephen King as better than Michael Crichton's medical thriller ...more
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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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