Author: Gwen Hunter
Book Name: Delayed Diagnosis
Release Date: March 13, 2012 (first published 2001)
Series: Rhea Lynch, M.D.
Overall SPA: 4 Stars
Blurb: Dr.Rhea Lynch left a suffocating life in Charleston to practice medicine in the ER of a small South Carolina hospital. Now Dawkins County is her home, a place that holds the only real family she’s ever known.
But when she returns from vacation, Rhea is shocked to discover her best friend, Marisa, near death and unable to communicate. The official diagnosis: a paralyzing stroke. Despite the family’s attempts to keep her away, Rhea is determined to make her own diagnosis. In an illicit examination, a hideous truth is revealed.
Then a man is brought into her ER with similar symptoms. And then another. Each one of her patients has been willfully, brutally, silenced in a most inhuman way.
Desperate to find answers, Rhea must determine who she can trust, as a powerful conspiracy threatens the people she loves–and perhaps the entire community.
Main SPA Evaluation Areas:
Characters: 4/5 Stars
Believability: 3.5/5 Stars
Personal Opinion: 4/5 Stars
I am coming to this series really late in the game because I just found out that Gwen Hunter is a pen name for Faith Hunter (how did I not know this?!) and I had to pick this up. For the most part, I really wasn’t disappointed. Many of the stylistic parts of a Faith Hunter novel are present in this one as well.
This is one of those genres in fiction that can become dated very quickly because of how fast things change in the medical industry. Things that we take for granted now or consider common place may be different in the next year, sometimes even faster. Picking up a book based on medical practices that was published more than 10 years ago can be a bit jolting. I actually enjoyed it being able to see some of those changes and how far we’ve come. Things that were obvious to me because this is so heavily detailed.
The only bits that I’m going to say that I’m disappointed in here are the pieces that pushed the believability barriers a little. There weren’t a lot, but they were there. Otherwise, I really enjoyed this, dated as it is and fully intend on picking up other books in this series and under the Gwen Hunter pen name.