Kelly Parsons’ new medical thriller delivers an engrossing story about revenge, grief, technology and hospital practices.
The suspense level is high, but Parsons’ fully realized characters are his real achievement in “Under the Knife.”
Dr. Rita Wu, a highly respected assistant professor of surgery, wakes up strapped to an operating table, naked and
with no memory of how she got there. Her distress is compounded when she hears a voice in her head that seems to control her mind.
The voice belongs to Morgan Finney, a biotechnology tycoon and inventor who has implanted a device in Rita’s brain. He blames Rita for the death of his wife, Jenny, who died during a surgery Rita performed. He refuses to believe that Jenny was in ill health and could not have been saved. Morgan wants to make Rita pay. She turns to her former lover, Dr. Spencer Cameron, a surgeon and inventor, for help.
Parsons grounds his plot in real science and shows he’s on his way to becoming one of the top authors in the medical thriller genre.