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4.20  ·  Rating details ·  353 ratings  ·  89 reviews
Dr. Adam is a cardiologist who knows how to help others.
The only thing he can’t fix is himself.
When a heart attack threatens his life, Adam is given a chance
to look at his past to rediscover the friendship and the love he lost.
In his darkest hours, friends and strangers are racing against time to save him.
Yet, the key to his survival and future might lie in his past.
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Paperback, 262 pages
Published April 28th 2017 by WhiteCoat
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Jul 05, 2017 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars

I was excited to read this, to the extent to spending my lunch time on Monday to get to the nearest MPH (10-minute train ride away) and back, just to get a copy of the book.

It started out promisingly, but 1/4 through, I got irritated.

In the author's excitement in relating the story, he was everywhere in the story. Thus we got characters without distinctive identities - they are all the author, even the narrator. I was particularly irritated because they all have the exact copy sense of
Zy Masri
May 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Hello there, Dr Beni:).
Yes, we adored you and your words and your witty liner and banter, but after reading this book, it was officially on a more immense level:).

It felt surreal; finally finishing that gorgeous book (which is phew; beautifully written and perfectly riddled with fantastic plot twists! ) ; and I must say that it was truly a satisfying experience (albeit the book was a bit too small for me aha!) And the only way to cure this sudden post-book itch on my hands are to write a review
Sep 30, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: local-fiction
I love Mad Doc.

Don’t get me wrong with the three stars—it’s good, kudos Dr.

Love the content and the plot twist. Lessons, messages, and glimpses of the world of medical. Amazing.

However I wished it was written from a first-person narrative than the third-person narrative. There were many monologues.

To be reading a Malaysian setting with Westernized styled day-to-day jokes and figure of speech seemed a little off to me. I wished the dialogues and interactions are more... Malaysianized. Nothing wro
Shine Bright
May 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
I hope it is not too late to congratulate Dr Beni on your debut Novel "Breathe".

"Breathe" positively inspire and motivate the readers in many ways. I recommend book worms to grab this book at MPH or buy from WhiteCoat online by the end of May. This bestselling novel is a must-read novel by all Malaysians.

Ladies and gentlemen, let's support our local authors and buy the first local English-Medical-novel. 😉
Cik Nadiah
May 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Some experts say that when humans are experiencing death, the brain cells start to die as well. In a desperate attempt to stay alive, these brain cells start to fire rapid signals. This brain activity triggers our deepest, and some say our most special memories. Making life flashes before our eyes -- dying

Such an inspire book. Thank you author.
May 03, 2017 rated it really liked it

Alhamdulillah. It takes me a day to finish this debut novel.The story line seems a bit familiar with other english novel,flashback, plot twist, and so forth.Yes, this is supposed the right way to make the story more interesting.I like it.

Every medical scene sounds just like a few medical kdrama I watched before, and it makes me easy to understand the situation.But yes, it is not easy to describe than done.

Speaking about second chance, I found it fascinates how the author describe
Auni Zainal
Apr 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
God. How on earth these doctors could have the time to write books? Writing medical fiction novel isn't easy especially when you're a doctor -you have a lot of experience on dealing with patients and cases- so you have to hold yourself from jumbling every story you know in one book. It is hard because you need to know the balance between medical stories (anecdotes) & story flow (fiction novel). And then you're also responsible to explain the medical terms in easier language... That's another ...more
Faidz Zainal Abidin
Oct 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Wow wow wow. I really, really liked this one.
May 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I was surprised that I only took roughly about 5 hours (or less) to finish the entire novel. As I started reading, I could not stop but wonder what will happen next. (I started reading it just before bedtime at around 11.30pm and I found myself still awake at 2.50am so yeah, I sort of force myself to sleep. By that time, I was already at chapter 13). When I woke up this morning, I continued my reading until the last page! I really like the storyline as it gives a glimpse into a private life of a ...more
Aug 10, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: home-library
First of all, there are too many short sentences, I felt tired reading. Perhaps if there are longer sentences here and there, with some punctuations, it would have been better. That's my biggest problem with this book.

However, the story starts very interestingly, we found out that Dr Adam has a heart attack and will die soon. From then on, we were left wondering whether: will he die, or won't he. As he lay dying, he began to have flashbacks on his most beautiful moment in his life, from the day
Jennifer Susan Antony
Oct 31, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2017
The first few pages didn't grab my interest as I expected. Well since this is the first time I'm reading an Malaysian author book, so I had time to digest the way the novel is written. The way each sentences written was different to me. It had a sense of localization which gives applause to author Beni.

In the beginning I was very confused on the time lapse, as the story goes between past and present , I had to flip to the each chapter beginning to know at which phase is the main protagonist Dr.
Salamahafifi Yusnaieny
May 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed how vivid the descriptions were, and how perhaps it's a tale of the author's past. I appreciated this novel. Though it feels like a chick flick (which I have been successfully avoiding for years), but I liked Breathe. (this part I edited, and removed my confusion in order to avoid you from being confused as well)

And I wish I knew, in detail, why Adam & Julia were on the verge of divorce. Cryyyyyyyy.

(this part I removed too because thou shalt not read my fangirliness)

I look forward
Shafinaz Zakariah
May 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
If the author trying to reach for non medic reader then yes he did it. Well done. This is my 1st time reading a medical novel. Never thought that this genre could be in my read list and I am satisfied with it. Breathe open me up to a whole new world of a doctor. What they do? How they feel? How hard their profession could be? How they coped up with losing a soul? The emotions reached me and make me realised ah! I was wrong for all this time. Read with your heart and you will feel it 😊
Alia Salleh
Thank God I did not pursue my studies in medicine. Fuhh HAHA

Honestly, the first few pages didn't really caught my interest yet. But after a few chapters, all sort of roller coaster emotions and overwhelming feelings came rushing to me. Suspense after suspense. Interspersed with laughs, gasps, an-almost-tears and a little romantic moment.

Light easy reading but full of knowledge.

Good job and looking forward to read more of your book in the future. Cheers.
Nurul Farahin
May 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Breathe is a good masterpiece. Straightforward plot. Easy to understand. Never regret when I decided to grab a copy and an autograph. Finished it in a week because of time constraint or I would finish it in a day. But I really enjoy my reading. Kudos to the author ❤

P/s : Now I should seriously finish Me Before You 😆
Jan 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Finally! Not the first book I read (obviously) but the first book I rated. Lol.

Well, I'm still lazy to write a review. Nantilah kalau dah ada idea.
Jul 14, 2017 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Medical students, housemen
Recommended to Fikah by: Sarah Syahirah
First of all, to quote a friend of mine, who quoted Lang Leav when we were discussing this novel :

"An author's first novel is actually his/her autobiography."

Congratulations on your solo debut novel!

Secondly, before this issue bugs me through the review I am about to write, this book needs some COMMA fixes here and there. To some, they might be minor stuff, but really, they successfully have disturbed my reading flow.

And some grammatical mistakes, too.

Enough about that.

I ranted about this book
Ir Shakinah
Jul 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
[Beni Rusani]

Publisher : White Coat Interprise
Pages : 262
Duration : 6 hours and 30 minutes (reading + watching Nang Nak movie yesterday)
Rating : 7/10

P/s this is my first time writing review on book in English. Initially i would like to apologize readers that have to go through me using a bad grammar + vocabulary for sentences below.

1. I have learned many things throughout this novel inc medical terms that i will never ever understand what the hell it is mean. Nevertheless, when reading t
Aug 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Dr Beni's Breathe has everything I've been looking for in a local book- romance, relationships, added knowledge, witty sense of humor, excellent taste of music (happy to see Linger by The Cranberries was mentioned!), a bit of poetry, and inspiring quotes.

Dr Beni has brilliantly moved the story back and forth, between two time periods, the past and present, carefully maintaining the story flow - a task that can be daunting to authors. The present tells us the story of Dr Adam's unconscious mind
Jan 20, 2019 rated it liked it
Okay, I anticipated this. But I was a tad bit disappointed.

Maybe I'm being too harsh because I compared this book to the award-winning When Breath Becomes Air? I personally don't know myself. This is a debut novel so I guess I should've loosen up myself and just enjoy.

I tried. The foreword was professionally written, promising a good plot overall and a poignant ending. I would say I liked the whole author's note and foreword than the rest of the story. This one feels amateurish, written in a r
Za 2151
Jan 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
It was curiosity that lead me to frantically searching for this book when i was back home in December. I have not read a Malaysian author in English/fiction before so to know that this made it to no 1 bestseller at MPH was definitely the pulling factor.
I would say that this is a delightful light reading for me. Easy to follow storyline esp with footnotes on medical terms used for non-medical person like me. More importantly, what i took away after i have finished reading was, something in this b
Flora Joseph
Dec 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shout out to Siti Zakiah for gifting this book from Kuala Lumpur to me, in Miri. I would thank her but she’s probably annoyed by me consistently thanking her for this book.

Okay, back to the review, it’s an easy book to read, although there’s few grammatical error here and there but that’s okay because I can still understand the story. I feel a number of emotions while reading this – anxious, sad, happy, etc and I learned a lot too and one of it is that you should take care of your health while
Adilah Jasri
Jul 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
actual rating : 4.5. this book is insanely amazing! first, it is written by my favourite doctor (even though i never met him personally), secondly, it is about medical story in a point of view of the cardiologist himself which is for me kinda amazing. it is a very good read that i manage to finished it in less than 24 hours even though i have tons of works to do. trust me, in one short you can manage to finish it as the plot is continuously moving and making you wanted to read more. and being a ...more
Dec 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, 2018
When was the last time you've read something so good you can't put it down? I kept on reading until the last page. Kudos to the author. I thought when I saw this book the title and plot story seems something similar like "When Breath Becomes Air" but oh boy I was wrong. And more of, this is fiction and the other is true story. It does have that similarity of main character expertise in their field but ended up having the disease itself. Also a story between life and death. But i'm not here to co ...more
Faqihah Hasnizam
Jul 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
I was in such anticipation for this novel because frankly Dr Beni's work in the other WhiteCoat books were undoubtedly my favourites. The plot, to me, did not disappoint and while staying true to the medical theme one could still understand what was going on. I feel like the problem about most medical-themed fiction is the overuse of the jargon and even if it is explained in fine print at the bottom of the page it's still annoying as hell and unrealistic if you were to write a story for those ou ...more
Filzah Aliah
Jun 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
There are so many wisdom in one semi biography book. Pretty impressive for a debut novel. At first I was skeptical but as I read through I enjoy the writing even more. Laughed at certain sentences, especially this one; “did you feel constipated when you woke up this morning? Because I find you full of shit” hahahaha god I laughed so hard people were looking weirdly at me (I was reading alone in public haha). The plot was nicely planned and written, though I might be bias because I find Dr. Beni ...more
Farha Ghouse
Jul 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Finished reading Breathe by Dr Beni Rusani in less than 6 hours.

It is a real life situation in a hospital and the bitter truth of the medical profession especially being a houseman. Great for non-medical readers, the medical terms and conditions have been well explained and elaborated by the author.

The plot in this excellent book gallops along at such a brisk pace. I enjoyed reading this book, the narration style is quite unique. It gives me an orchestra of mixed feelings.

This book is full of
Feb 08, 2018 rated it liked it
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Feb 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Mad Doc is a unique and a strong character ....and I don't know why...I like Mad Doc more than Adam. This book is relateable as the author did not over- desribed the physical characteristics of the characters by letting the reader imagine how they want it to be. However, as a visual type of person, am hoping for the character descriptions actually (e.g Is Julia soft-spoken? Is Adam handsome? etc). There are several unexpected events that make the story more interesting. There are jokes that make ...more
Mohamad Hidir Mhd Salim
Mar 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is my first medical fiction book and it is recommended for those who want to imagine about how stressful working in a hospital as a doctor. Using a bit of medical terms but still understandable. The story consists of these three elements which are Love/life/work and how these three things mixed together to form a beautiful story is the "Why" you have to read it by yourself. Don't forget to read it whilst listening to Pearl Harbor soundtrack, and when it comes to the end of the chapter, just ...more
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Dr Beni Isman Rusani received his medical degree from The University of Auckland, New Zealand in 2002. He is a cardiologist at the National Heart Institute in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. You could follow his twitter at @drbenirusani.

His debut novel BREATHE is Malaysia's first English medical novel - a story of survival and second chances.

BREATHE was well received during PBAKL (KL book festival) in PWT
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