Friday, March 8, 2013

BOOK REVIEW: IT'S NOTHING PERSONAL by KATE O'REILLEY


It's Nothing Personal 

by

Kate O'Reilley

About the book . . . 

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 in her hospital 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 real-life events, It’s Nothing Personal is a riveting, suspenseful, and emotional thriller that tells the story of faith and fortitude when an innocent woman finds herself surrounded by corruption and greed.  

About the author . . . 

Kate O’Reilley is a physician, specializing in anesthesiology. In late 2009, Kate was plunged into a painful battle in a high-profile, medical malpractice suit. The calamity that ensued nearly destroyed Kate and her family. After the suit ended and the wounds started to heal, Kate was urged by close friends and co-workers to document her experiences. The words flowed, and It’s Nothing Personal was born from Kate’s journey through her temporary hell.

Kate’s second book, In Good Hands, is a moving, gripping, and tragic story of an anesthesiologist who dispenses her own version of justice after being the innocent victim of a brutal crime.

Kate currently resides in Colorado with her husband and beautiful daughter. In her spare time, she enjoys running, writing, reading, and spending time with her family. Her vacations are always spent in Hawaii, a place that Kate and her family hold dear to their hearts. Having lived on Oahu while her daughter was young, Kate and her family relish the day when they can return to the islands permanently.



Reader Review . . . 

Unbeknownst to Dr. Jenna Reiner and the rest of the staff at St. Augustine Hospital, one of the surgical technicians has been stealing drugs from the OR.  By replacing the used syringes on the tray, she has infected countless patients with Hepatitis C, changing lives forever.  One of the lives forever changed is Dr. Reiner's.  When she is named as a defendant in a malpractice suit, she is forced to fight for her career and everything she holds dear.

It's Nothing Personal is one of the most gripping novels I have read in some time.  Malpractice suits are so commonplace that most no longer consider the effect that a frivolous or misplaced suit can have on the doctor.  This tells the story from the doctor's point of view.  The grief, humiliation, and anger are all portrayed for the reader.  The author wrote the novel after her own experience with a malpractice suit, and it shows.  Reading this is as painful as reading her diary.  

Be prepared to be angry at the drug-addicted surgical technician.  She is not portrayed as having any real redeeming qualities while committing her crime.  Her only remorse is when she is caught.  Of course, if I were one of her victims, I would be angry at her, so it made sense to me. 
 
Fascinating medical thriller with strong language.

5 stars

 
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the Pump Up Your Book book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”  

5 comments:

Kate O'Reilley said...

Hi,

I just read the review, and I am so humbled and honored. Thank you so much.

xxxooo,

Kate

Rebecca Graf said...

Okay. I'll have to read this one.

THE SELF-TAUGHT COOK said...

Kate - It was a pleasure to read and review your book. Thank you for making the extra effort to get the book to me when the Postal Service goofed.
Rebecca - Seriously; it's that good.

Michelle Cornwell-Jordan said...

Your review captured my attention, very well done! I have always tended to read alot of fantasy and paranormal type stories, but this sounds extremely interesting, the blurb, your review transmits some of the anger, and "fighting for life" quality that is reflected in the book. Thanks for sharing!

Teddy Rose said...

This isn't the kind of book I would normally read but it sounds really good. I'll have to add it to my list.

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