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4.1  ·  Rating details ·  17,091 Ratings  ·  638 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
Paperback, 368 pages
Published August 1st 1997 by Pocket Books (first published January 1996)
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Aug 06, 2011 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
Vicky Ziliaskopoulou
Μερικές φορές άλλα περιμένω από ένα βιβλίο και άλλα μου προκύπτουν. Διαβάζοντας το οπισθόφυλλο περίμενα να έχει αγωνία, νόμιζα ότι το βιβλίο είναι αστυνομικό και απλά βασίζεται σε ιατρικό θέμα. Ε, δεν ήταν έτσι. Ούτε ιατρικό ήταν (κάτι σαν το Grey's Anatomy για παράδειγμα). Δείχνει στιγμές από τη ζωή ενός ειδικευόμενου χειρουργού, είναι και ένας αστυνομικός στην υπόθεση αλλά δεν υπάρχει κανένα μυστήριο και καμιά αγωνία για τους ενόχους, μας αποκαλύπτονται σχεδόν στην αρχή.
Παρ' όλα αυτά το βιβλί
Lynn Spencer
Aug 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
You know a book is really good when you read it all in one sitting. This book grabbed my attention immediately and I just did not want to pull myself away.

The story centers on medical resident Abby DiMatteo, an ambitious new surgeon. Amidst the stress and sleep deprivation of her job at the hospital, she finds herself stumbling into irregularities with her hospital's transpant team. More specifically, organs seem to be coming available without the usual documentation. She starts to investigate a
Egle Gus
Mar 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Iki pat knygos pabaigos negalėjau nuspėti istorijos įvykių krypties, tikrai šauniai išlaikyta intriga, nenuspėjamumas. Labai patiko ir dėl to, kad pati sukuosi panašioje srityje, todėl visų medicininių sąvokų ir kitų niuansų skaitymas nebuvo sudėtingas. Esu pasižymėjusi tikrai dar ne vieną Tess Gerritsen kūrinį, todėl be galo nekantrauju juos visus perskaityti ir tikiu, kad tikrai nenusivilsiu. :)
Μου άρεσε πάρα πολύ. Η συγγραφέας έχει συνδέσει με μαεστρία το κοινωνικό θέμα με το ιατρικό θρίλερ και σε κρατά σε αγωνία από την αρχή μέχρι το τέλος. Το θέμα δύσκολο. Οι παράνομες μεταμοσχεύσεις οργάνων και το εμπόριο ανρθωπίνων οργάνων από παιδιά. Όσο το διάβαζα φρικάριζα γιατί σκεφτόμουν ότι όλα αυτά που διαβάζω, γίνονται στην πραγματικότητα, κάπου στον κόσμο. Δεν ξέρω αν η συγγραφέας με αυτό το βιβλίο ήθελε να αφυπνίσει κάποιους, μιας και η ίδια ήταν γιατρός και ήξερε από πρώτο χέρι τι γίνετ ...more
Feb 04, 2008 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
Jul 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Spannend van begin tot eind. Ook sprak Abby, de hoofdpersoon, mij aan. Daardoor leefde ik erg met haar mee. Het einde kwam sneller dan verwacht, omdat ik nog wat bladzijdes te gaan had. Echter achterin was een hoofdstuk van een ander boek opgenomen. Ook eindigt het verhaal vrij abrupt. Een epiloog had bij dit boek goed gepast. Nu moet je het zelf maar invullen. Het verhaal zit goed in elkaar. Ondanks dat ik sommige dingen al vanaf het begin vermoedde, blijft het verhaal spannend door de onverwac ...more
Sep 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This medical thriller is well written and captivating. Although the villains are obvious and the plot more or less predictable ,the reader cannot stop turning pages until the end.
Jul 19, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library
žmogaus širdies kainas

Esu didelė visokio plauko detektyvų gerbėja, tiesa, daugiau televizinių, nuo Mis Marpl galvosūkių iki kriminalinio Juodojo sąrašo. Tačiau pamažu įsibėgėju ir su detektyviniais romanais ir pagaliau prisikasiau iki Tess Gerritsen, apie kurią sklando legendos. Nenusivyliau.

Įdomu tai, kad visai nesistengdama, gana atsitiktinai, pradėjau būtent nuo pirmo jos detektyvinio romano „Donoras“ ir tuo dabar labai džiaugiuosi. Turėsiu progą skaityti jos knygas iš eilės ir stebėti rašyto
Nov 04, 2008 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
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
Aug 16, 2014 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 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.
Jun 14, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ich schwankte zwischen 2,5 und 3 Sternen....
Ich habe Tess Gerritsen durch die Rizzoli & Isles Reihe kennen und schätzen gelernt, deswegen war ich gespannt auch andere Charaktere von ihr kennenzulernen.
Dieses Buch kann ich meinen Augen jedoch nicht ganz mit der Reihe mithalten. Ich mochte die Hauptprotagonisten und auch die Geschichte war interessant und spannend, jedoch konnte die Autorin es sich nicht verkneifen in der Klsicheekiste zu wühlen und auch wenn sie es nicht übertreibt, war doch
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
Apr 16, 2008 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
Sep 20, 2010 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
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.
Deepa Rao
Feb 16, 2016 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.
Feb 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is not the kind of book I usually read. I only read it because I LOVE the television show Rizzoli and Isles and this is the same author. I love the show because the main characters are strong independent women, not afraid to grab life by the horns. Awesome female role models. This book is the same. The women may struggle but they never give up. They are intelligent, capable and they do not use men as crutches. Also, I actually listened to this book. I listened during the ride home, the ...more
Dec 17, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Niet het beste boek dat ik van Tess gelezen heb. Alle ingrediënten zijn er: een geheime en clandestiene groep die orgaantransplantaties op aanvraag van rijke en machtige mensen verricht, een jonge vrouwelijke arts die daar stukje bij beetje achter komt, een groep arme jongeren die als levende orgaanbank dient, en een spannend kat-en muisspel, waarbij de hoofdpersoon bijna het loodje legt. Een beetje voorspelbaar maar het boek leest desondanks erg prettig in de gebruikelijke vlotte schrijfstijl v ...more
Cath Gregson
Apr 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Gripping from the start. I love tess gerritsen and she definitely doesn't let you down with this book.
Baz M
Apr 25, 2018 rated it liked it
I’ve given this a fairly healthy 3 out of 5.
I really enjoyed the protag in this. You get to see Abby DeMatteo’s character mature in this quite well. Most of the action and thrill comes in about the last quarter of this book. I had hoped for more to be peppered throughout from the start (for personal tastes) but it takes a while to build up.

Some great characters, twists and a very interesting premise nonetheless!
Maria Engelen
Jul 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Heel spannend boek. Bijna in één ruk uitgelezen. Ik ben fan van Tess Gerritsen.
Angela Meadon
Jun 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
It has been a very long time since I read a medical thriller. In fact, some of the first adult books I ever read were Robin Cook’s wonderful medical thrillers. I read them in my early teens, somewhere between my Dean Koontz binge and my first exposure to Robert Jordan.

As with so many good things in life, I’ve found my way back to medical thrillers with Tess Gerritsen’s Harvest.

This is Gerritsen’s first medical thriller (I understand that she wrote romance before this novel), and I’m incredibly p
May 15, 2010 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
Oct 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This book didn't disappoint BUT there is never a time when Tess Gerritsen disappoints. Her drama/ thriller/ mystery type of writing littered with medical jargon is a like gold. I love the jargon and if I don't know what it means (rarely) it's something to research and learn about. The gritty, bloody descriptions are my fav as Gerritsen doesn't let anything slip away or make it less gross. I live for gritty writing and that's probably one of my favourite things to read. I think this particular bo ...more
Wiebke (1book1review)
Jul 08, 2014 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
Sandy Vaughan
Oct 26, 2011 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
Jun 29, 2011 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
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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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