Gemini

Gemini

A Novel

Book - 2014
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A captivating medical mystery wrapped in a contemporary love story--from a practicing MD whose novels are "just what the doctor ordered" ( People ).

A stranger's life hangs in the balance. What if you had the power to decide if she lives or dies?

Dr. Charlotte Reese works in the intensive care unit of Seattle's Beacon Hospital, tending to patients with the most life-threatening illnesses and injuries. Her job is to battle death--to monitor erratic heartbeats, worry over low oxygen levels, defend against infection and demise.

One night a Jane Doe is transferred to her care from a rural hospital on the Olympic Peninsula. This unidentified patient remains unconscious, the victim of a hit and run. As Charlotte and her team struggle to stabilize her, the police search for the driver who fled the scene.

Days pass, Jane's condition worsens, and her identity remains a mystery. As Charlotte finds herself making increasingly complicated medical decisions that will tie her forever to Jane's fate, her usual professional distance evaporates. She's plagued by questions: Who is Jane Doe? Why will no one claim her? Who should decide her fate if she doesn't regain consciousness--and when?

Perhaps most troubling, Charlotte wonders if a life locked in a coma is a life worth living.

Enlisting the help of her boyfriend, Eric, a science journalist, Charlotte impulsively sets out to uncover Jane Doe's past. But the closer they get to the truth, the more their relationship is put to the test. It is only when they open their hearts to their own feelings toward each other--and toward life itself--that Charlotte and Eric will unlock Jane Doe's shocking secret, and prepare themselves for a miracle.

Filled with intricate medical detail and set in the breathtaking Pacific Northwest, Gemini is a riveting and heartbreaking novel of moral com­plexity and emotional depth.
Publisher: New York ; Toronto : Simon & Schuster, c2014
Edition: 1st Simon & Schuster hardcover ed
ISBN: 9781451627930
Branch Call Number: CAS
Characteristics: 341 p. ;,24 cm

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BWilsoned
Feb 22, 2015

This character-driven story centers on Renee (Raney) Remington in a small town on NW Washington's Olympic Peninsula. Narration jumps back and forth between present and past to give us Raney's life story and stays geographically local, just as Raney does. It was compelling--I wanted to find out what happened and what will happen. The conclusion is bittersweet, but satisfying.

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IrishMoon
Dec 26, 2014

I enjoyed the first 2/3 of the book, but the last 1/3 was extremely disappointing. It was as if the author had a relationship go bad while writing the book, and then changed course with the book and wrote her own pain into the book.

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Librarydog
Dec 18, 2014

While this wasn't my usual choice of book, it came highly recommended and now I know why. I was hooked from the first page! Gemini reads like a thriller, love story, and lyrically written novel, all in one. Very "shivery" in a good way. I was never impatient with how Cassella unfolded the story bit by bit, because I learned something new in every chapter. The ending was, while not precisely happy, very satisfying - much more so than a strictly happy ending. Read this book!

BhamSoccerMom Dec 17, 2014

Northwest setting (Seattle and Olympic peninsula); medicine, ethics -- a great combination. For fans of Jodi Picoult's earlier books (this is more understated than some of Picoult's latest titles).

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bromine_009
Jun 30, 2014

She resisted sinking into such rhetoric the night Jane Doe was whisked across Puget Sound in a medevac helicopter to Beacon Hospital’s intensive care unit, to Charlotte.

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