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Silent Treatment

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  4,409 Ratings  ·  125 Reviews
In his five bestselling novels, from The Sisterhood to Natural Causes, physician Michael Palmer has drawn on years of firsthand emergency-room experience to create the drama of a frighteningly authentic world--a world where the line between medicine and murder is scalpel-thin.  Now, in his most harrowing suspense novel yet, Palmer reveals how the power to heal can become a ...more
ebook, 480 pages
Published January 5th 2011 by Bantam (first published March 1st 1995)
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Rabbit {Paint me like one of your 19th century gothic heroines!}
Rating: 3.5

This was a pretty fun medical thriller. This has been one of my favorite medical thrillers so far.

I only rated it three stars because the whole innocent person getting framed trope causes me a lot of anxiety. Not in a good way either for me a lot of the time. I don't know why. I've DNFed books for that reason alone. I understand why writers use that trope though.
Deborah Hamilton
From the prologue to the epilogue this book kept me in a panic. I felt for each of the characters in a special way. The balance between the stress of being investigating for the murder of one's wife to solving that mystery was perfect. Just when the reader thought that everyone was figured out.....Nope try again. Classic Palmer style. A great read and true page turner.
Marty Fried
Jul 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My first book by Michael Palmer, but not the last, I'm sure. A real roller-coaster ride, with lots of suspense all the way. It went fast, mainly because I had trouble putting it down.

If you don't like the state of medical care and medical insurance in the US, this book probably won't change your mind. Although it was a bit over the top, it didn't seem completely unbelievable that the insurance company would try to maximize their profits at the expense of a few patients. Hopefully, they don't go
Joyce McKune
May 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
One thing I love about this author is I don't have to worry about reading them "in order", however, this one could use a sequel. Will Harry and Maura live happily ever after? I suppose after the excitement of this story, nothing they could do would compare.
Harry's wife was having an brain aneurism repaired in the morning. The ward was very full and the person in the next bed was (Maura) going through alcohol withdrawal after head surgery from a drunken fall down the stairs. Harry was visiting a
Jeremy Bates
Feb 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
i really enjoyed this one!
it was my first by michael palmer... im not really into medical thrillers, but the pacing and plotting were great
he's a very talented writer.... he sometimes goes a bit over the top with his medical descriptions, but it doesn't distract from the story too much
highly recommended!
Claire Noonan
Jul 12, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I resented every minute I had to be away from this book until I finished it. It was suspenseful and compelling. I would have liked a less punchy ending- a bit more of an aftermath would have been nice, to find out a bit more about what happened to some of the characters. One of them- Maura's brother, disappeared from the plot and never returned!
Novitaherawati Sembiring
Michael Palmer
i don't know about a silent treatment , because i not yet to read this books .
i want to the meaning to indonesian , because i have a homework about it
please help me to finis my homework ...
Jan 13, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hmmmm...sort of a different plot for Michael Palmer, I rather enjoyed that! Still had the obligatory romance, and bad guy chasing, but definitely kept my interest. I think this would be a good movie.
Aug 03, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you're a fan of medical thrillers suspense/thrillers, especially those written by authors who are or have been doctors, then you've got to check out Michael Palmer's books. I've been a fan of his for a long time, but hadn't read Silent Treatment. I couldn't put this one down.
Elusive Controversé
Mar 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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In 'Silent Treatment', Dr. Harry's hopes of reconciling with his wife Evie are dashed when her surgery goes horribly wrong thus she dies from a brain haemorrhage. To make things worse, he becomes the prime suspect. However, the killer isn't about to stop. As the body count rapidly increases, Harry embarks on a dangerous quest to unveil the truth only to find that he's up against a formidable foe..

Having read 'Miracle Cure' by Michael Palmer, I was pleasantly surprised by this book as it was a de
May 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Uitstekende medische thriller over dokter wiens vrouw in het ziekenhuis wordt vermoord en hij verdachte nummer 1 is. De rest van het opwindende boek is hij bezig de ware daders te ontmaskeren. Heeft ook iets te maken met snode plannen van verzekeringsmaatschappijen. Helaas buitengewoon geloofwaardig allemaal en iets wat ook zomaar buiten de VS zou kunnen gebeuren. Gezond wantrouwen tegen verzekeraars blijft op z'n plaats. Voor de rest natuurlijk ook gewoon eersteklas vermaak van deze schrijvende ...more
May 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Gripping and enthralling. Felt like 3 parts to this book. First mostly to do with Harry and his problems, then the accusations, then the hunt. I really couldn't stop reading this every night. Loved it very much. Michael Palmer is not an author I have read before and it was yet again another garage sale box bargain of other books. I will start reading his other novels!
Louise Pledge
May 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If it weren't for the language and sex, I'd be saying that this is one of the best books I've ever read! There are several different plots going on, and you wonder how on earth they're ever going to fit together, and as each one does, it is startling! So many unexpected occurrences and cliff-hangers in this book! On to the next Michael Palmer book!
Jul 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I might be giving this a 5 because I have read so many bad books lately. But this did keep my interest!
Aug 18, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Palmer has written another winner in his usual gripping, surprise-filled manner. The story starts with the trite phrase, "The Doctor will see you now," although readers will soon comprehend the blood-curdling subtext. Next, four diners at the Jade Restaurant succumb to food poisoning and are hospitalized. One of them turns out to be Ron Farrell, an insurance company executive; a mysterious figure visits him, and he soon dies. Then Harry Corbett, severely wounded in Vietnam and now a doct
Amy "the book-bat"
This book fulfills requirement #6- medical thriller for the 2014 eclectic reader challenge.

I had read some of Michael Palmer's books before and remembered liking him pretty well. I started reading his books because when I worked at a store called Media Play, he came in to do a book signing and I was assigned to help him with anything he needed while he was there. He was a very interesting person to talk to and when I learned about the kind of books he wrote, I was definitely interested in readin
Jun 02, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I found this book really hard to get into. The prologue was really exciting which grabbed my eye but then the chapters afterwards I couldn't figure out what was happening but then all of a sudden the story took off and I couldn't put it down. If it hadn't been for the floundering beginning I would give this book 4 stars.

When Dr Harry Corbett's wife is due for brain surgery, she is found dead in her bed. All signs point to Harry being guilty of her murder. In a side story there is a "doctor of d
Feb 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well developed characters, plot filled with twists and turns and plenty of suspense. You don't want to live in the past but you do want to make sure to remember it or it might come back to kill you.
Jim C
Jun 23, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This novel deals with conspiracy in the field of health insurance. Harry Corbett's wife needs an operation and the night before this operation she is killed. Harry is the suspect and the quest to find out what really happened begins.

This book didn't bore me but it never grabbed my whole interest either. I did like the concept of the book and the idea of how far executives of health insurance companies will go to save money is scary and relevant. I think I was a little turned off by the past hist
Tom Tischler
Dec 22, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dr Harry Corbett is on his way to the hospital to see his wife Ellie who is scheduled
for surgery the following day.Lately Ellie who was never quick to share her feelings has
been more closed and distant than ever before. Arriving at the hospital it is already too
late. Without warning Ellie is dead and the police suspect homicide but their only suspect
is Dr Harry Corbet. While wandering through the local library that was having a little book
sale I spotted this book by Michael Palmer. This is an o
Aug 06, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The genre of this book was mystery and thriller. It had some good parts and bad parts. The book wasn't all that great the font was a little to small when you kept reading on. I didn't like how nerdy this book was. I liked the introduction part of that book it was very interesting then you get into the book and its bad. If you are a really nerdy person but like a little mystery and thriller then you should read this book. The title makes the book seem really good. But, what I really liked about t ...more
Dec 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It gets more like 4 1/2 stars but it is a great book for someone seeking a mystery/thriller novel. There was a few moments when his style of writing jumped into the past not letting you know this and you're stuck trying to figure out who this new character is you're reading about is constantly flipping back and forth through the chapter to see if you've missed something only to find out at the very end of the chapter it's another name for one of the established characters it's just he had a secr ...more
May 29, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: medical, action, thriller
Medical suspense novel - Dr. Harry Corbett, two weeks short of 50, is trying to save his marriage to beautiful, ambitious journalist Evie, 11 years his junior, who's facing surgery for an aneurysm in Harry's hospital. When Evie dies in hospital, and her lover, about whom Harry knew nothing, accuses Harry of killing her, a boorish NYPD detective vows to nail the distraught doctor. Further murders follow, committed by one Anton Percheck, a physician who used to torture for drug dealers and repress ...more
May 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's been a long time since I've read a book like this. The author is so good and articulate. I was so engrossed in the book that I had to cut corners to keep on reading it. The characters there too are amazing! Every thing looked so real! The author is good, I mean that good! I won't say anything more than this, I want to keep the suspense in and not let the cat out of the bag. Once you pick this book up, I can assure you that you will not put it down. The first chapter alone is captivating! Th ...more
Jun 24, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is the longest I have taken to finish a book this year. Just as I could not find a reason to put it down once I started reading, I could not find a reason to pick it back up again once I did. Days would pass before I decided to give it another go - and I have no apparent reason for having such ambiguous feelings towards it. I usually quite enjoy Palmer's work... Maybe I'm just over him now? Too much of a good thing and all that. Also, the countless typos in this specific edition was like a ...more
Easy thriller to read with fast pace action at the end. NOTE: if you don't like hospital ambiance and doctors, this book IS for you...simply because it will help you face your fear with great suspense...and it will also comfort your fears with an happy ending...Oops sorry I said too much...but you kind of know from the beginning, it's going to end well despite all the drama...and that's why we like these kind of books...Bad Guys are Bad and good guys always win! Well Done Mr.Palmer.
Dec 14, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book is amazing in its own way. You cannot help imagine hollywood / bollywood actors enacting the roles. Its a perfect script for anyone looking for a lucky break. Nicely written and well thought of.. just a few cliches, like the drunk woman who plays the lead and the other detective.. but it all works fine. The end also fits in like a movie's end. I had expected a better way to end it but nonetheless a good read till the end.
Srinath Padmanabhan
A doctor framed for his wife's murder by another clever Doctor. A secret societ killing people in hospitals for monitary benefits. A promising premise but the narration isnt that gripping. There was a small twist which was kinda expected and the book travelled in familiar lines in few places but in some places the narration was excellent. Overall a ok read..
May 04, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thoroughly enjoyed Palmer's previous book and looked forward to this one. This was such an intense, depressing book that it was hard for me to get into the nightmare Harry was living--yet it was impossible to put down. Insurance companies with too much power and no conscience make a scary villain.
Aug 11, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteryfiction
this is a good book as far as medical mysteries go. he kept me entertained throughout the whole book and i even went out and bought another book by him! About a doctor who's wife dies tragically and he is then accused of her murder when their marital problems are revealed and her affair is discovered. a good summer read!
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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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