When her elderly patients start dying at home days after minor surgery, anesthesiologist Dr. Kate Downey wants to know why. The surgeon, not so much. "Old people die, that's what they do," is his response. When Kate presses, surgeon Charles Ricken places the blame squarely on her shoulders. Kate is currently on probation, and the chief of staff sides with the surgeon, leaving Kate to prove her innocence and save her own career. With her husband in a prolonged coma, it's all she has left.
Aided by her eccentric Great Aunt Irm, a precocious medical student, and the lawyer son of a victim, Kate launches her own unorthodox investigation of these unexpected deaths. As she comes closer to exposing the culprit's identity, she faces professional intimidation, threats to her life, a home invasion, and, tragically, the suspicious death of someone close to her. The stakes escalate to the breaking point when Kate, under violent duress, is forced to choose which of her loved ones to save—and which must be sacrificed. (Summary via Amazon)
Fatal Intent by Tammy Euliano is a nail biting, sitting on the edge of your seat, can't stop reading, holding your breath, on a rollercoaster ride kind of story. Readers will experience a number of emotions while reading this story as well. There will be times that you will be angry, then you feel sad, then you will be concerned, then angry again, sometimes maybe frustrated. You may be confused at times only because you are angry and frustrated. Euliano will have you and your emotions all over the place but the main thing is that you will be glued to your seat, eyes unable to move from the pages.......
In Fatal Intent readers are hanging out with main character Dr. Kate Downey. Kate is an anesthesiologist and seems to love her job. That is until patients that recently had surgery end up dying. These patients had no problems during surgery and recovery and were sent home, however, within 2 days of the surgery they die. And Jenn, one of Kate's medical students with a very bright future, is there for the end of one of the patients life. When one of the family members of one of the deceased patients asks Kate to look at the records, there are things that do not make sense. The three of them team up and with Kate's Aunt Irm assisting begin to look into things. Little do they know the BIG can of worms that they are about to spill all over the place.
When the case becomes very personal to Kate, she will do whatever she can to bring the killer down !!
Euliano's talent for grabbing readers attention immediately is off the charts !! Once you open Fatal Intent everything around you will fade into nothingness and you will be powerless to do anything about it. Once you start reader you will be along side this uncharacteristic group and need to know what is going on. Readers cannot help but experience a number of emotions throughout this story. You will be sad, you will be angry, you may even cry, or you might even scream out loud once or twice.....and all of that is okay. That just means that Euliano did her job as an author.....a successful author. I loved the journey she took me on, even though I wish there were a few things that happened didn't have to happen but that just makes it seem more real. I cannot wait until there is another book and we can see where the story takes Kate and Aunt Irm......
Review by Missi M.