Life Support (Medical Thrillers, #2)
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Life Support (Medical Thrillers #2)

3.95 of 5 stars 3.95  ·  rating details  ·  7,415 ratings  ·  268 reviews
Former romance author and medical doctor Tess Gerritsen is writing in a new genre: medical suspense. Advertised as her "first novel," Harvest jumped onto the New York Times bestseller list and thus legions of new fans were introduced to the work of this talented author. Gerritsen's second thriller, Life Support, is as moving as any of her romances. Dr. Toby Harper works th...more
Kindle Edition, 406 pages
Published July 2010 by Atria Books (first published 1997)
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This was horrible for me.

I understand that this was a stand alone and was quite different from the Rizzoli & Isles series, but this was by far the worst I've read by her.

If I would have read this first and not the other series, I would have never picked any of her books up!

I hated the plot, the story itself, the characters were flat and dull, the ending was horrible, and just everything altogether for me was total yuck!

Prostitutes, non human babies/tumors thingies, ER night shift, everyone...more
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Tess'in konu seçimine bayılıyorum... Yaşlılar(bitiş-ölüm) ve yeni doğmuş bebekler(doğum-başlangıç) arasında güzel bir bağ kurmuş. İlginç fikirlerini gerçekleştirmeye çalışan doktorlar ve çirkin deneylerini okurken ürpermemek elde değil...
Actually, I didn't read it. I started it, but I couldn't finish it. I'm going to have to write to the Goodreads people and ask them to make a new shelf for books like this one. I tried. I did. Usually, I like Tess Gerritsen books. But this one had too many things in it that I couldn't stand: graphic descriptions (too graphic) of things such as surgeries, a rape, and human genitalia; weird/unnatural science; I could go on. But I won't. The long and short of it is that I won't try this book again...more
Ne zaman Tess okusam, kurgunun gerçek olabilme ihtimali yüzünden içim ürperiyor. Kesinlikle çok ürkütücü bir romandı, diğer Tess romanlarında olduğu gibi. Tabi bir o kadar da sürükleyiciydi. Ne diyebilirim ki, klasik Tess işte. =)
I've read 3 books so far by Gerritsen. Her other stand-alone 'Harvest' and the first of her Rizzoli & Isles series 'The surgeon' and can honestly say this book is not on par with them at all in terms of enjoyability/ likeable characters/ plot.

I hasten to add, it is a good book and deserving of 3 stars but just that. A 'good' book only. Nothing as gripping or fabulous as the other 2 I have read which I rated much higher (both 5 stars).

The plot has rather a far fetch sci- fi ish element which...more
Büşra Bal
Tess benim olmazsa olmaz yazarlarımdan,hani ne yazsa okurum,konuya bile bakmam dediklerimden.Bu kitabı gene güzeldi,gene birkaç saatte bitti.Belki çabuk bittiğindendir bilmiyorum ama şuan pek etkili gelmedi bana.Zaten Tess'in seri kitaplarını daha çok seviyorum sanırım,ordaki karakterlere alıştığımdan belki,yeni karakterlerine pek ısınamıyorum.

Tess güzel bir konu seçmiş,güzel de işlemiş.Gene birkaç hikaye üzerinden gitmiş ki bu kadının en sevdiğim yönlerinden biri bu, Siyahi bir doktorun ırkçı i...more
Nov 20, 2010 Jane rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who love medical thrillers
I always appreciate medical thrillers written by real MD's. The medical references and scenarios are accurate. Toby Harper is an overworked MD. Her personal life includes a solitary existence with the exception of her mother with Alzheimers living in her home. Toby's world begins to unravel when she treats an elderly man admitted with strange symptoms. The patient mysteriously disappears while under Toby's care and she feels her life beginning to spiral out of her control as she fights her guilt...more
Aug 08, 2008 Ellen rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
This book dealt with medical research suspense -- specifically hormone/gene therapy. Tess is an interesting author, and I can only imagine how much research goes into each novel she writes.
Gerritsen tells a captivating and thrilling story about an ER doctor caught in the middle of an experiment gone wrong in her novel Life Support. Toby Harper's life revolves around her late night ER shifts and looking after her mother after she was diagnosed with Alzheimer's. While her life may not be going exactly to plan, she is on a clear path...until a patient is brought naked into her ER, confused and having isolated tremors...a patient that was completely lucid only a few weeks before. Unab...more
Jun 07, 2009 Donna rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: medical thriller readers
Shelves: 2009
This was a fast paced medical thriller which I enjoyed.
When I first started reading it I wasn't sure because it seemed as if the author was just showing off their knowledge of medical procedures, but this doesn't carry on and the thriller aspect kicks in.
Basically there are very rich, elderly residents of a retirement home volunteering for experiments to prolong their lives, and at first this seems to be working, until they start dying of strange symptoms. It turns out that the doctors giving t...more
Tess Gerritsen is one of my favourite authors within this genre. I seem to go through every emotion when I am reading one of her novels. I have had to stop books before as I was in the house myself and the house started to creak.

I love how she brings her medical knowledge to her books and I find this makes them unique and stand out in a genre where a lot of books are published. The medical references and scenes within the novel as brought to life through this medical knowledge and I think this a...more
This is a brilliant book that kept me up reading until late at night - so wish I hadn't got work the next day or I would have read through the night.
A patient comes into Dr Toby Harper's emergency room, then disappears as she is busy elsewhere. When another patient comes in displaying similar symptoms she begins to dig around and finds they comes from the same nursing complex. She is a busy woman as well as trying to work out the connection between these two old men she has to care for her mothe...more
Aunty Janet
'Life Support' is a fast moving medical thriller that stars Dr Toby Harper, a (female) doctor working in a small community hospital. When one of Dr Harper's patients vanishes mysteriously from the hospital and another dies of an unusual viral disease, she sets out to try and find out exactly what is going on. However, someone doesn't want Toby to find out the truth, and will do anything in their power to stop her.
The book is gripping and a real page turner. It is also horribly gruesome! I found...more
Thom Swennes
I just finished Life Support and Tess Gerritsen has impressed me again with her knowledge of yet another aspect of medicine; geriatrics. She is a master at making the elevated world of medicine and doctors understandable to the masses. Her ability to create new characters and bring them to life is equaled with few and bettered by none. If I could voice one criticism it would be that she leaves her characters with their lives unresolved (no happily-ever-after endings) and leave it to the reader’s...more
A medical thriller with night shift ER Dr. Toby Harper facing caring for her mother with Altzheimers and growing discontent at work. There is another DR. who is trying to discredit her , a patient disappears from the ER while she is drawn to an more dire trauma and her growing suspicions that all is not right with a DR and his patients from a care facility for the super rich. Her investigations create more problems for her and threaten her job. I will leave the rest up to you to read about in th...more
The book starts out well, with good character development and several plot lines. And if you can get past the disturbing images the author creates, you are in for a nail-biting ending. But the mental image is quite disturbing - borderline sci-fi, but disgusting. Also, the medical terminology and jargon get a bit tiresome. Finally, the way the author deals with a family member's death is not authentic.

My biggest complaint with this author is that I don't like her protagonists. They generally star...more
This book ended up as a decent read, although it was far from my favorite Gerritsen book. It started out very slow, and for a while I just couldn't figure out where it was going. The ending brought everything together even though the climax was a bit lackluster. All in all, I did like the book and I thought the characters were well flushed out. A good medical thriller with a plot that left me wondering if it could indeed actually happen. Not my favorite from Gerritsen, but certainly worth the re...more
David Roberts
The medical thriller novel I am reviewing is Life Support by Tess Gerritsen which is a very good book which I bought from a car boot sale. Unlike the Jane Rizzoli series that Tess is quite famous for this is an early standalone medical thriller that she wrote in 1997 and subsequently when she achieved success decided to have republished. She has had quite a lot of her books republished especially some romantic thrillers she wrote in her early days. What inspired this novel was she heard there wa...more
Hailey Gagnon
Okay I'd just like to say that it really bothers me when people give this low ratings because they didn't understand all the "medical jargon." Obviously there are going to be medical terms in the book, it's a medical thriller. Anyway.
This book was amazing, with well-written characters and a breathtaking plot line that left me wondering to the very last pages. I had never read any of her books before, but now I plan to. Gerritsen is clearly a wonderful story-teller.
Whenever I begin to read one of T. Gerritsen books, I always expect the worst - that the book somehow will be like others, with similar characters and comparable story. However, this strange attitude never come true!
I really enjoyed reading this book, because of its original characters, intriguing story line, interesting and persuasive facts about medical technologies which could really change persons perspective in all various researches on humans, etc... Nevertheless, reading the "Life Supp...more
this is a very good medical crime novel. not a risoli&isles but a good one.
only sometimes you got bored with the medical terms and pass that parts quickly
final is also a little bit quick and cut.
Mystery/Suspense w/a touch of romance. Great book, Dr. Toby Harper is trying to take care of her ailing mother while dealing with working the night shift of a ER. Many weird things happening with senior citizens f/a expensive senior center are dying unexpectedly or have gone missing and she is trying to figure out why. Especially since one was brought into the ER and later turned up missing. Ppl want her gone since she is getting involved where she is not wanted. Her life gets involved w/many pp...more
It was a good, quick read but I found myself comparing it to "Harvest" and in comparison, this one falls short. The main female character in both novels are interchangeable. Both are young doctors that start asking questions about events that gets the attention of others that are doing unethical things. The bad guys in both novels try to sabotage the careers of the young doctors while everyone else they just murder instead. The deformed baby thing was creepy, the science was interesting, the rom...more
I had the Large print version of this book and found it to be a very fast read. I enjoyed the story and the medical mystery even if some of it was very rushed at times. The parts of the book that felt a little rushed were the relationship between Dvorak and Toby and the ending. The ending felt like the Author had come to her page allotment for the book and just needed to sum it up. Rarely do I say I think a book needs to be longer but I think if she took 10-15 more pages she could have summed th...more
Barks & Bites
This abridged recording begins when an underage prostitute is delivered to her client. She’s immediately put off by the sleazy location but plays along entering a white walled room filled only with a bright light and what appears to be a doctor’s examination table. She hops up on the table as instructed but is soon sucking in noxious fumes and knocked unconscious . . .

Next we meet Dr. Toby Harper who works the graveyard shift in the emergency room. One night an old man appears in the ER with no...more
I was impressed by the level of medical detail in this book, then it turns out the author is a former internist. EXCELLENT. I am not a doctor, but I do work in the health care field, and it's annoying when even I can pick out details that are clearly wrong. Authors who are not familiar with a certain field should make a huge effort to get those details right, in my opinion, and this author has enough knowledge to really nail the details down.

However, there were a few things that bothered. For on...more
Kathleen Hagen
Life Support, by Tess Gerritsen, b-plus, narrated by George Guidall, produced by Simon and Schuster Audio, downloaded from has started the republishing of early mysteries by famous authors. This book is one of the early ones written by Gerritsen before she started her famous series. These books are usually still medical thrillers and feature a woman physician. In this book, Toby Harper is emergency room doctor on the night shift. A series of odd events and patients with o...more
Gordon Howard
Toby has an interesting life. Given Tess's medical background, she spins a great story about Toby's life in the ER. Toby has complete responsibility for making sure everything runs smoothly and that isn't easy. Given limited resources, she has to decide who gets immediate attention and who doesn't. If any bad decisions are made it is ultimately her fault. Combine this with the back biting politics in the hospital and trying to deal with an aging mother with major health problems at home and you...more
Patricia  Scholes
Life Support by Tess Garritsen

Toby Harper is an ER physician. She deals with trauma daily. And then the police bring in an elderly man found wandering around naked.

He says his name is Harry, but he remembers little else. Toby calls the man’s son to let him know his father has been found and would he please take his father home, because the old man can’t seem to remember where he lives.

But by the time the son gets there, his father is gone.

After a second similar incident, Dr. Harper decided to i...more
In diesem Thriller geht es um die junge Ärztin Toby Harper. In deren Nachtschicht wird ein Patient in die Notaufnahme eingeliefert, ein älterer Mann, den die Polizei nackt und verwirrt vor sich hinbrabbelnd im Park gefunden hatte und nun ins Krankenhaus gebracht hat.
Toby kümmert sich um den alten Mann, bekommt dann allerdings noch einen Notfall, um den sie sich kümmern muss. Als sie später an diesem frühen Morgen nach ihrem seltsamen Patienten sehen will, ist er verschwunden.

Hinzu kommt noch, da...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...more
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