Where Death is a Hunter Synopsis: Hannah Fâtier is a thirty-two-year-old physician fresh out of residency training. She’s just started her first job as an anesthesiologist at Deaconess Hospital in San Francisco, she’s bought a new home, and she’s engaged to be married.
In short, life is good for Hannah–until, one morning at work, tragedy strikes. A patient under her care dies unexpectedly during a routine operation. An investigation into the case reveals the cause of death to be a basic medical error committed by Hannah. Wracked with guilt, Hannah falls into a malaise of depression and self-reproach. Yet the more she ponders her alleged “error,” the more she realizes that something about the way her patient died doesn’t add up.
Digging deeper into the records of the case, Hannah discovers a number of puzzling inconsistencies. She begins to suspect that someone has framed her for a medical mistake she never made. But who would do such a thing and why? And, more importantly, if there was no medical error, then why did her patient really die that morning on the operating table? – Goodreads
Where Death is a Hunter Review
First, I have one minor criticism I’m going to get out of the way… The synopsis is mis-leading on one point. Hannah isn’t engaged to be married when the book starts. Or even by the middle of it. The engagement was broken off before the book starts…and that, folks, is literally the only criticism I have of Where Death is a Hunter.
This was a fast-paced book, and it read as such. Coming it at 372 pages, I had read the first 157 pages of it in under an hour. It’s one of those that, while intelligently written, reads so easily that you’re not really aware of how much you’ve read until you have to take a break from it. That’s the mark of a very good book.
The author doesn’t bury you with irrelevant details. He focuses on what’s important. He forms a main character that you quickly begin to sympathize with and root for, and a supporting cast that – while maybe not fully fleshed out – are developed enough that each are recognizable, none are cardboard cut-outs, and all are believable. The ending ties things up satisfactorily, bringing a good close to what had been pretty much a non-stop ride from the first pages.
Overall, Where Death is a Hunter is a fantastic book that I would highly recommend for anyone that loves medical thrillers. Christopher Stookey is better than Robin Cook in this particular bookworm’s opinion. I’m hoping the author has me review more of his books in the future!