Wednesday, February 6, 2013

{Review} It's Nothing Personal by Kate O'Reilley

ISBN #: 978-0988663312
Page Count: 386
Copyright: January 18, 2013
Publisher: Kate O'Reilley

(Taken from back cover)

On a chilly January morning, anesthesiologist Dr. Jenna Reiner made her daily drive to St. Augustine Hospital, completely unaware that her life was about to change forever. One of the surgical technicians has been stealing syringes and infecting patients with hepatitis C. The battle against the thieving surgical technician was only the beginning. Jenna Reiner was about to begin the fight of her life - the fight for her reputation, her pride, and her sanity.

Beautifully composed, and inspired by true events, It's Nothing Personal is a riveting, suspenseful, and emotional thriller which chronicles the story of faith and fortitude when an innocent woman finds herself surrounded by corruption and greed.

Charlene's Review:

Dr. Jenna Reiner, an anesthesiologist at St. Augustine Hospital is blind-sided by a lawsuit when, unknown to her, a scrub tech replaces a drug with hepatitis-laced saline during one of her surgeries. Jenna is caught up as justice quickly spirals into greed, corruption, blackmail, and money-hungry lawyers. As she fights to reveal her innocence, she is forced to contemplate just how much she, and her family, can handle.

This fast-paced medical drama will leave you questioning just how much you actually know about your healthcare system. Based on the author's own malpractice nightmare, the details are stunningly real, and lead to a compassionate look into the bureaucratic red-tape that follows malpractice allegations. It also touches on the seclusion that occurs as facts are distorted, and the lives affected by the greed of litigation.

Dr. O'Reilley takes us on a behind-the-scenes look at an OR, and leaves nothing to the imagination. The litigation proceedings are equally as detailed and enthralling. The portrayal of Jenna and her emotional stability throughout is a touching, deeply personal portrait of a doctor that vowed to "do no harm" and her struggles with guilt, fear, and ultimately, anger.

It's Nothing Personal is a riveting depiction of a justice system gone wrong, and the doctors that must pay high malpractice costs in order to practice. It also highlights the dilemma of the medical communities in offering/protecting a standard of care in a litigation-hungry world. This is an immensely powerful book that will open your eyes to things you did not know you needed to worry about.

5 out of 5 stars!

*A physical copy of the book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

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