Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Trauma” as Want to Read:
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview


3.74  ·  Rating details ·  2,781 ratings  ·  332 reviews
Dr. Carrie Bryant's four years as a neurosurgical resident at White Memorial Hospital have earned her the respect and admiration from peers and staff alike. When given the chance of performing her first unsupervised brain surgery, Carrie jumps at the opportunity. What should have been a routine, hours long operation, turns horribly wrong and jeopardizes her patient's life. ...more
Hardcover, 370 pages
Published May 12th 2015 by St. Martin's Press
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Trauma, please sign up.
Popular Answered Questions
Daniel Palmer That's correct. I wrote about my continuing my father's brand of medical suspense novels on his website.…more
That's correct. I wrote about my continuing my father's brand of medical suspense novels on his website.

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Average rating 3.74  · 
Rating details
 ·  2,781 ratings  ·  332 reviews

More filters
Sort order
Start your review of Trauma
Julie L. Merlich
May 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
Just wondering why everybody who writes a review has to recap the entire story
Freda Malone
Apr 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I wasn't sure why I picked up this book but for the fact that I had read several Michael Palmer Novels years and years ago. I must have liked them since I remembered some of the titles. This novel was looking pretty popular as I noticed both father and son on the cover. I did not know of Michael Palmer’s passing. A special book indeed, this one.

Dr. Carrie Bryant, a fourth year resident and surgeon, has made a mistake during a delicate brain operation which results in her resignation from White
Judy D Collins

Top 50 Books of 2015 "Best Medical Suspense Thriller "

TRAUMA by dynamic duo, Michael and Daniel Palmer delivers a riveting page-turner suspense thriller of conspiracy, corruption, murder, and greed-- into the world of PTSD, DBS, VA, and the pharmaceutical industry.

Dr. Carrie Bryant, a fourth-year resident rotating through Boston Community Hospital (BCH) would be assisting chief-resident with a young mother’s surgery, a tumor pressed upon the top of the brain on the right
☼♎ Carmen the Bootyshaker Temptress ☼♎
My first book read by this author and I really,really enjoyed the twist of this story but also the love of family too and the sadness of having someone you love suffering from PTSD and can't seem to help them but have others use the problem to benefit from it and don't have a care of who dies or survive the experimental testing. A well written book. ...more
Jun 06, 2016 rated it it was ok

I haven't read many medical thrillers, so I might not be the best judge, and I can't really compare Trauma to any other books in the genre. But I was just very disappointed by this book. I was excited about the premise because I tend to like mysteries with female MCs that combine suspense with a more personal story, and I thought the PTSD element might be an interesting twist. But unfortunately, the awkward writing and implausibilities made it hard for me to enjoy this book.

I feel really mean sa
Apr 06, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.0 out of 5 stars -- "Remember those with invisible wounds."

There is no genre I read as critically as I do the medical thriller. Details must be scientifically accurate and perfect, plots must be plausible, and the protagonist absolutely must be genuine and believable. This novel focuses on Carrie Bryant, MD, a neurosurgery resident who resigns her program after making a spectacular error in the OR while assisting during a procedure -- a type of mistake that I found hard to imagine would even b
Jun 14, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: audio, public-library
I honestly can't continue. I've given it a fair shot - more than 55% read - but the story still has yet to start.

I don't recall being this disappointed by a Palmer but I'm not going to continue to remain loyal to this novel based solely on the authors name. THAT would be the real Trauma
Robin Beach
Apr 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
First let me start by saying that I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads, and secondly, on Tuesday May 12th, the minute TRAUMA is released, I will be buying it for my kindle because I totally enjoyed reading this book. TRAUMA kept me awake all night because I simply couldn't put it down. I kept saying, one more chapter, one more chapter and before I knew it, there were no more chapters to read. This is a fast paced story with short chapters and plenty of twist and turns that ...more
Fredrick Danysh
Dr. Carrie Bryant makes mistake in the operating room during her residency that results in damage to a patients brain. She resigns and eventually gets a job at a VA hospital working on the brain disfunctions of PTSD. When patients start disappearing she teams with a reporter to find out what is happening to them.
May 24, 2015 rated it liked it
Rating 3.5
I have mixed feelings about this book. I've read a number of books by Michael Palmer over the years and have always thoroughly enjoyed them, rating them 4 or more stars. I enjoyed the plot very much as it is similar to what I've seen in the past from Palmer ( a doctor, a hospital setting, and a somewhat political element thrown in.) I felt the story flowed smoothly, but a few aspects of the writing seemed "cheesy" and rubbed me the wrong way to say the least. I try to be "nit-picky" wh
Jerry B
Apr 12, 2015 rated it liked it
We were devoted Michael Palmer fans, with the possible exception of his Lou Welcome novels (which were too incredulous and too political); and so wasted no time snatching up “Trauma”, even though we knew it had to be mostly written by author son Daniel, with a draft or outline left from dad before his sudden passing. We found a reasonably well-conceived plot with good writing reminiscent for sure of Michael – but felt much of the action in the latter half to be too big a stretch.

The gist of the
Apr 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
What do you get when a father, Michael Palmer, and a son, Daniel Palmer, write a book together? You get a really good, suspenseful, medical thriller.

This book takes a really in-depth look at PTSD in military veterans and the impact it has on not only their own lives, but the lives of the people who surround them.

As in most cases where there is millions of people affected, in one way or another, and billions spent on rehabilitation and treatments, the level of corruption and greed is unfathomable
May 27, 2015 rated it it was ok
I won an ARC of this novel in a goodreads drawing.

When a promising young surgeon makes an unforgivable error during an operation, she goes back home where her father gets her a job at the local VA. There, she is part of a program to cure PTSD by inserting wires in peoples' brains.

There's a murderous conspiracy involved, of course. This is one of those books where everybody is a victim. Most of what happens is nonsense; events that happen more because something has to happen to keep our attentio
May 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
One of the best mysteries I've read in a while! I loved it and couldn't put it down. I'm so glad that Daniel took on this project. What a wonderful book from him and his dad! 5 stars ...more
Oct 20, 2017 rated it liked it
Not as good as some of the others I've read by this author, but still a good read for fans of medical thrillers. 3/5 stars. ...more
I would would have enjoyed this more with a different vocal artist. Xe Sands was far too... I don't know...full of angst for me. But I will still give the story 3 stars.

Dr. Carrie Bryant's four years as a neurosurgical resident at White Memorial Hospital have earned her the respect and admiration from peers and staff alike. When given the chance of performing her first unsupervised brain surgery, Carrie jumps at the opportunity. (never a good sign)

What should have been a routine, hours long oper
Darlene Quinn
Apr 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I was immediately pulled into to this story on all levels. A character I immediately cared about, great plot, moving pace, felt the author was knowledgeable, and was surprised when I found out the Michael's son, Daniel finish this book for his father. Knowing the joys and pitfalls of finishing a book envisioned by someone else as I did with Sizzling Cold Case--the Barnaby Jones novel I finished for Buddy Ebsen, I believe he did a masterful job. The voice was consistent. I could not tell what par ...more
Bill Wilson
Mar 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
I have enjoyed Michael Palmer’s books in the past and even one written between both dad and son. Working in the medical field their books have always stimulated me to join in on solving the mystery. This one was especially relevant because of the current interests in PTSD. I think the author’s approach to solving the problem is unique in that it brings in the ‘video game’ like essence of the patient’s memories. I enjoyed the book greatly.
Oct 09, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I normally can finish any thriller. This I could not. Bad writing. Bad cheese story. I made it 3/4 through and stopped. Sorry to the author. This is not a good book.
Lena Hurzook
Jul 07, 2020 rated it liked it
This audiobook was an intriguing medial mystery thriller.
Sep 12, 2017 rated it liked it
So So. Too much explaining. Skipped pages and didn't miss anything. ...more
Deana Dick
Apr 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Carrie has become a well known neurosurgeon that is highly respected. During a procedure, one mistake changes her future forever. After being dismissed from her job at the hospital , she decides to go home. Her parents are there to support her during this transition in her life. She is glad to be home but still sees that her brother has not improved much. He has been suffering from PTSD. Adam seems fine by looking at him, but Carrie knows the turmoil going on inside his brain. She soon finds a n ...more
Aug 08, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016
3.5 stars

The first third of this book dragged on so slowly, I nearly gave up and returned it to the library. As the story progressed, the pace increased, but it still wasn't the riveting, suspenseful page-turner I expected. It was fine-- good, even-- but I expected great.

My biggest frustration with the book-- especially in the beginning-- was that it was wordy. So, so wordy. There was so much information-- description, background, explanation, introduction, more description-- whole pages could h
Sep 11, 2015 rated it liked it
To put the review in single line, this book is a medical suspense,not at all thriller work.
I am an ardent fan of Daniel Palmer books and since he had co authored this book, I expected his style of writing to creep into this work. Unlike other Daniel Palmer books, this book is not at all a thrilling page turner one.
The beginning of the book had the power to keep the reader fully absorbed into the book but I was totally lost when all the medical explanations and descriptions started appearing. Aft
Mar 28, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: whodunits, fiction
Audiobook review. Trauma was completed by son Daniel Palmer, not a doctor, after the death of his physician father, Michael Palmer. Son Daniel, per an interview at the end of the audiobook, said he learned about writing from his father. He also writes books, but his are not medical thrillers. He was able to finish this book using his father’s notes and the aid of others, especially his paternal uncle, also a physician.

Xe Sands narration was good.

For a medical thriller, this was heavy on the me
Mar 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When I first began "Trauma" by Michael & Daniel Palmer, I was under the impression that they were brothers who wrote from different genres & were collaborating, which would make their mother happy, I'm sure. :) lol. Instead, I read (& thoroughly enjoyed) a book outlined & started by the father, Michael, and completed by his son; Daniel. The result: an exciting page turner that's hard to put down. I loved Michael Palmer from the moment I read "The Sisterhood" in 1982 & I've read every one of his ...more
Aug 03, 2015 rated it liked it
TRAUMA is based on a noble idea, but it is pretty formulaic as far as medical mysteries go, even down to who the "bad guy" turns out to be.

Carrie Bryant is a neurosurgeon who hits a snag in her career and ends up taking a job at the VA Hospital in Boston where she inserts electrodes into the brains of veterans suffering with PTSD in order to provide them with brain massaging which should reduce their suffering. A medical mystery ensues as there are side effects happening and Carrie, along with
Jean Jenkins
Feb 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is the book Michael Palmer was working on when he left us, gauntlet picked up by his son Daniel and the book completed. Storytelling talent was clearly passed from father to son. Dr. Carrie Bryant is a doctor with a past mistake and now must ride out her time on the bench with a job outside her field of expertise. When she lands a position at the local VA Medical Center to help with a potential cure for PTSD suffered by returning troops, she signs on. Only Carrie is a conscientious doctor, ...more
Virginia Winfield
Jan 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book was fantastic. It is a wonderful medical thriller. I don't know if they can work Carrie into any other stories but I really like her. It is always kind of scary to see what something that is to help people can be twisted to harm someone. I hope to read many more by Michael and Daniel Palmer. ...more
Phyllis Krall
Apr 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I received this book as s Giveaway and really enjoyed reading it.
This medical thriller is filled with twists, murder, and corruption . It gives the reader insight into PTSD and the veterans who are affected by it.
Trauma was exciting and hard to put down until the unbelievable ending. I highly recommend it!
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 next »
topics  posts  views  last activity   
medical mystery 1 6 Sep 11, 2015 07:43PM  

Readers also enjoyed

  • A Heartbeat Away
  • The First Family
  • The Patient
  • Fatal
  • Constant Fear
  • The Last Surgeon
  • Natural Causes
  • Critical Judgment
  • Silent Treatment
  • The Second Opinion
  • The Fifth Vial
  • Stolen
  • The Sisterhood
  • Desperate
  • Miracle Cure
  • Delirious
  • Extreme Measures
  • Forgive Me
See similar books…
See top shelves…
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. H ...more

Related Articles

If you're a fan of the mystery and thriller genre and young adult books, recent months have brought a bevy of great reads to your shelves! We...
149 likes · 20 comments
No trivia or quizzes yet. Add some now »
“an occasional birthday dinner, and of course Marathon” 0 likes
More quotes…