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The Second Opinion

3.71 of 5 stars 3.71  ·  rating details  ·  2,102 ratings  ·  271 reviews
Dr. Thea Sperelakis has always been an outsider. She has a brilliant medical mind and a remarkable ability to recall details, but her difficulty in dealing with hidden agendas and interpersonal conflicts has led her to leave the complex, money-driven dynamics of a hospital and to embrace working with the poor. Her father, Petros, is one of the most celebrated internal medi ...more
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ѕєяєηιтι
Türkçe çıkmış bütün kitapları kitaplığımda olmasına rağmen bir türlü okuyamadığım bir yazardı En son çıkmış kitabından başladım ve de sevdim kitabı

Aspergers Sendromu olan Doktor kızımız Thea'nın bakış açısıyla ilerleyen bu kitapta bu hastalık çok iyi açıklanmıştı kızımız kendini çok iyi geliştirmiş okurken zevk aldım kesinlikle Theanın babasına ki o da çok ünlü bir doktor- araba çarpıyor ve komaya giriyor bunun üzerine Thea bu olayın kazadan mı ibaret yoksa başka şeylermi var olduğunu bulmaya ça
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Deb
I received this book in audio book form and enjoyed it very much. It was a very good medical thriller that had some nice twists and turns that I found interesting. I liked Palmer's heroine, Thea Sperelakis, a medical Dr who has Asperger Syndrome. When Thea's father is severely injured in an accident, she comes to his aid, only to discover that what landed him in the hospital and in a comatose state may not have been an accident after all. Relying on her smarts and attention to details, Thea is r ...more
Paul Pessolano
Dr. Petros Sperelakis is a brillant doctor and has built the Beaumont Clinic, which may be the premier medical facility in the world. It not only boasts of the best doctors, but its nursing care is second to none.

Dr. Sperelakis is severely injured in an automobile accident and is in a comatose state. His twin children, both doctors, have opted to take him off life support. However, his other son and daughter, want a second opinion. Dimiti is eccentric and does a model mock up of the accident and
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Sarah
this book had an awesome start out of the gate. there was lots of medical jargon and occurrences, it was almost like ER or Chicago Hope (tv medical dramas). then it happened, the main character met a man and started to fall in love, which turned her into a ball of marshmallow fluff (i am using that bc i don't really like it and it's a fake substance). he was constantly wondering about having sex with the dude and what he would think about her. it really detracted from the main storyline which wa ...more
Cheryl Gatling
The Beaumont Clinic in Boston is one of the best hospitals in the world: best doctors, best nurses, state of the art equipment. It takes big money to run such a place. And where there's big money, there's often corruption. Thea returns from working in Africa with Doctors Without Borders, because her father, Petros Speralakis, himself a celebrated doctor, is in a coma following a hit-and-run car accident. Thea quickly suspects that some funny things are going on at the Beaumont, and begins to inv ...more
Lorri Sizler
This was a pretty tame medical mystery and there were moments when I'd think, "Really? She KNOWS someone is trying to kill her and she's still blowing off her mouth to the folks who are, probably, trying?" That aside, there were characters with medical conditions integral to the storyline that were interesting to learn about, to me, e.g. Asperger's Syndrome and Locked-In Syndrome. In an afterward, the author explained his family had personal experiences with Asperger's and other related pervasiv ...more
Susan
Flat characters, stilted dialogue, and a weak story.
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Brilliant doctor with Asperger's (main character, Thea) gets called home from her gig with Doctors Without Borders when her brilliant doctor father is involved in a near-fatal hit-and-run. Her twin brother and sister (also doctors, but not as brilliant) want to let dad go. Eldest brother Dmitri(brilliant, non-doctor, and more severe Asperger's than lil sis) lives at home playing video games and hacking into his siblings' e-mails
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Joyce McKune
Really a superb author. Thea was called home because her father had been severely injured in a hit and run. He was in a coma. Her brother and sister wanted her to sign a do not revive order but she wasn't ready to let him go. When she was alone with him, she saw a twinge in his eye and realized he was aware, but couldn't move. When she told his doctor he couldn't get any response and figured she was just hopeful and imagined it.
Todd Noorman
This was the second Michael Palmer novel I've read, and it was just so-so. The storyline was fairly interesting, but the characters were not developed well at all, and the dialogue Palmer writes just doesn't sound at all like anyone I know would speak. I found myself annoyed with the main character, not because of her quirks from her Asperger syndrome, but because of the way Palmer wrote about her. It felt like he was forcing something he knows little about and did some shoddy research on onto h ...more
Marsha
In this fast paced medical thriller Michael Palmer creates a medical world where everything and everyone is subject to question. Dr. Thea Sperelakis rushes back home when her father, the famous, wealthy head of a medical complex, is injured in a car accident and near death. Her physician siblings are divided as to whether or not to pull the plug on their father but are their opinions medically or financially motivated? And is her father in a coma or paralized and awake? And then there are some m ...more
Syed Ashrafulla
This book could never have more than three stars because the writing is in that modern sell-a-book vein that has little depth to its diction. The characters aren't developed until absolutely necessary either because the plot has to come first in a book like this, which means I am not going to like it. No character in here is particularly deep.

Nevertheless, the plot is very good. The second opinion provided by Thea is that of a good formula protagonist: the picture only looks good when you don't
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Nathan
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Priyanka Singh
The title of the book "The Second Opinion" is totally justified. The story is about a doctor who herself is suffering from Asperger Syndrome finds out that her coma ridden father had a murder attempt. When she tries to find the person behind this she gets to know about a big scam going on. With such unique and strong characters and an unpredictable climax the book will get you fixed. Very well written.
Corky
Medical thriller with Asperger's syndrome as its sub plot. Good story, fast paced until about 2/3rd's through. Then it gets a bit bogged down by perhaps too much medical information.
B.j. Thompson
Dr. Thea Sperelakis has grown up struggling with Asperger's syndrome, but found peace as a doctor in a third world country. Until her father was hit by a car and she had to return to the States. She begins to delve into the circumstances surrounding his accident, she begins to realize his accident may not have been accidental at all. All was going well with this book, until a plot twist occurred that was identical to a plot twist in a previous novel I had read by Michael Palmer. I don't like rec ...more
Emily
3.5/5 stars. This is the first mystery I've read by Michael Palmer, and I generally enjoyed it. This is the selection for my January 2014 mystery book club meeting, so I’m already ahead of the game (no more procrastinating on book club reads this year!)

Things I liked: I was most engaged by the medical details woven throughout the narrative. Several times throughout the book, the memoir, “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly” was referred to. Having read it several years ago, it was interesting seei
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Kim
This was a good book. Books with characters who have autism or aspergers can go one of two ways. There is such a broad spectrum, some people can identify with the character and for others it's nothing close. Having a very high functioning daughter with autism who can memorize almost anything helped me to identify with Thea. There were many times throughout the book that I wanted to scream at her. Wishing I could help her make the connection between who she should avoid sharing her theories with ...more
Bob
This was an interesting book, featuring 4 siblings, twins man and woman, an older brother very smart but while undiagnosed most likely having Asperger's Syndrome and a younger sister diagnosed with Asperger's. The father is a noted MD as are the Twins, Thea the youngest is also an MD who has been working in Africa. Dimetri, the oldest brother is a near relcuse who lives to play and develop computer games. Petros the father is severely injured in a hit and run and is in a coma. Thea who is the pr ...more
Kathy
This isn't a genre of book I read very often, but my parents do and my mom recommended this one to me because the main character has Asperger's Syndrome, which my son has, so it is always interesting to see media depictions of that. I saw a movie not long ago called "Adam" that was really good about a man with Asperger's Syndrome and then just last week saw the series premiere of the TV show "Parenthood," where one of the characters finds out their child has Asperger's. I think I related a littl ...more
Amberalba Dawn
Inizialmente non sapevo neanche io bene cosa aspettarmi. Dopo anni di ER e Doctor House, avevo paura che fosse un romanzo zeppo di elementi clinici e ben poca suspense. Per fortuna, già dalle prime pagine, i miei timori sono risultati infondati e mi sono potuta gustare un thriller veramente mozzafiato.

In La seconda opinione, Palmer riesce ad imbastire una trama dinamica, veramente ricca di colpi di scena, attraverso un'indagine in cui nulla è scontato, neanche il più piccolo dettaglio.

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Phyllis Sommers
Another nail-biter in the medical thriller genre of Michael Palmer. The Speralakis family is one of the leading families involved in the Beaumont Clinic. In fact, the Speralakis Institute, headed by premier doctor, Petros Speralakis, is the star vehicle of the clinic, as it was focusing on a new cure for pancreatic cancer and succeeding, in several cases. When Petros has a major accident that basically reduces him to a vegetable, however, his 3 children, who are also doctors, are left to carry o ...more
Sandra
Feb 21, 2013 Sandra added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Mystery lovers
Recommended to Sandra by: Younger son's gift from Christmas
I loved this thoroughly engrossing, captivating book. A mystery that centers around a medical center where strange things are going on that bring the children of Petros, the celebrated internal medicine diagnosticiam, founder of the Sperelakis Center for Diagnostic Medicine in Boston, together to decide his fate following a severe traumatic brain injury suffered in an supposed hit and run accident.

Two of Petros' four children, the twins, Selina and Niko, are "neurotypical" and feel that Petros w
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Shelley aka Gizmo's Reviews
Summary: Dr. Thea Sperelakis, diagnosed as a teen with Asperger's syndrome, has always been an outsider. She has a brilliant medical mind, and a remarkable recall of details, but her difficulty in dealing with hidden agendas and interpersonal conflicts have led her to leave the complex, money-driven dynamics of the hospital, and to embrace working with the poor, embattled patients of Doctors Without Borders. Her father, Petros, is one of the most celebrated internal medicine specialists in the w ...more
Beth Gibson
I've always liked medical thrillers. For me, they are more realistic than many. That is because it is totally believable that unscrupulous doctor or politician or hospital administrator or whoever, abuses their position of authority. And usually the reason is money. It's no different here. But the who and the what and the how are something of a departure and make this book more original.

An interesting sideline is that the main character has Asperger's syndrome, which makes it somewhat more diffi
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Jim
Dr. Michael Palmer writes this tale of a terrific local doctor that takes care of everybody, until a car crash has left him paralyzed in hospital, and fighting for his own life. The Doctor's daughter also a medical doctor, returns from the jungles of Latin America to find out what has happened to her father and what she could do about it. This morphs into a fantastic mystery with twists and turns as we find out about the accident that put the good doctor in the hospital for good. The Doctor's fa ...more
Laren
I hate to say it, but Michael Palmer just didn't live up to his own standards on this one. Thea is a doctor with Doctors Without Borders who returns to her hometown when her father, also a doctor, is seriously injured in an auto accident. Only her brother doesn't think it was an accident. Soon Thea is asked to take over her father's practice and she accepts the offer when she decides to do a little sleuthing of her own with the help of a hospital security guard who is a former police officer. Of ...more
Ed
Another of Author Palmer's stand alone medical thrillers.

Medical thriller - Dr. Thea Sperelakis returns to Boston when her father is struck by a car and put in a coma. She is urged to take her father's position at the hospital but some factions block her way. With security guard Dan, she looks for the secret beyond mysterious patient deaths and miraculous recoveries. Showcase for Thea's Asperger's Syndrome.
Nancy Behrendt
Wow. After reading this, you KNOW you need to get a second opinion whenever something serious is going on health-wise. I appreciated how characters with ASD or ASD-like tendencies were written. Michael Palmer's insight was refreshing. The romance was good and the end was not what I expected.

I will miss Dr. Michael Palmer's novels. He was a remarkable man.
Marti
The Sperelakis family is composed of almost all doctors. The patriarch, Petros, was involved in a hit and run accident, and is almost a vegetable. His daughter, Thea, leaves Doctors Without Borders to come home to care for him. All he can do is move his eye a little. In the course of things, it turns out that the hospital is making money by convincing patients that they have cancer, and then miraculously curing them. Thea meets Dan Cotton, who could look out for her. Is it too late for them?
Donna Mcnab
I was fascinated by the reaction of the main character, Dr. Thea Sperelakis, to life with Asperger's Syndrome. She comes from a family of brilliant doctors, particularly her father, but she is, perhaps the most brilliant of all of them. Having been working with Doctors Without Borders in Africa, which has been a very comfortable way of life for her, she is called home to Boston when her father is injured by a hit-and-run driver and is close to death. The situation soon becomes much more complica ...more
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Michael Palmer, M.D., 1942-2013, was the author of Political Suicide, Oath of Office, A Heartbeat Away, The Last Surgeon, The Second Opinion, The First Patient, The Fifth Vial, The Society, Fatal, The Patient, Miracle Cure, Critical Judgment, Silent Treatment, Natural Causes, Extreme Measures, Flashback, Side Effects, and The Sisterhood. His books have been translated into thirty-five languages.

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