Book Review - Trapped (Briar Hospital Series) - Lawrence Gold, MD

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Lawrence W Gold is definitely one of my favorite go to authors when I want to read a good medical/suspense/mystery book which is one of my all time favorite genres. If you browse through my blog you will see several of his books that I have read and reviewed. I have loved every single one of them. Trapped is no exception!! Although the novels themselves are fictional, Dr. Gold's background gives him the ability to weave medical fact into the fiction.

That Doctors and Nurses make the worst patients is a pretty well known fact. Lisa, a neonatal nurse and Mike meet and fall in love ultimately marrying. They have trouble conceiving a baby. Then one fatal night Mike is in a horrendous car crash-he ends up with locked-in syndrome. Lisa realizes a few days later that she is in fact pregnant but it is a very difficult pregnancy and she almost loses the baby several times. She is put on total bed rest. Meanwhile Mike's Mother is making life very difficult and Lisa's Mom is not much better!

Without telling you any more because I really want you to read this book--I know you will enjoy it-I will tell you this one gets a 5 star plus in my opinion!

About the Book: (from Amazon)

While medical students suspect that every headache is a brain tumor and that every chest pain is a heart attack, experienced physicians know diseases along a spectrum of horror—the ones they dread the most. Among these are cancer, Alzheimer’s, stroke, diabetes, and ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease). As the list continues, we come upon locked-in syndrome, a neurologic disease where a victim is awake and alert, but cannot move or communicate due to paralysis of all voluntary muscles in the body except for the eyes.

In Trapped, a Brier Hospital Series novel by Lawrence W. Gold, M.D., the reader enters the neonatal and the adult intensive care units. Medical fiction works, not only due to its intrinsic drama, but because of the crucial ethical issues that arise, especially in intensive care. Lisa Cooke is the product of a passive mother and an abusive father. She finds her way into pediatric nursing, a world filled with men in control, especially the director of the Neonatal ICU, Mike Cooper. As Mike reminds Lisa of her father, it’s no surprise that they don’t get along. Ultimately, they fall in love and have a fulfilling marriage except that she’s unable to have children. They try everything, but fail. When an automobile accident severely injures Mike, Lisa is devastated. Shortly afterward, she discovers that she’s pregnant. Mike’s injuries are life threatening, and he nearly dies on several occasions. Mike suffers from locked-in syndrome and his survival is constantly in jeopardy, as is Lisa’s pregnancy. Will he/she/they survive?

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About the Author: (from Amazon)

I was born in the Bensonhurst section of Brooklyn, moved to Queens, and then, as New Yorkers say, we ascended to the Island.
After graduating from Valley Stream Central High School, I went to Adelphi, a college then, a university now, and then to medical school in Chicago.

The war in Vietnam interrupted my postgraduate training with a year in Colorado Springs and another as a Battalion Surgeon in Vietnam. I spent seven months in the Central Highlands with the 4th Infantry and five months in an evacuation hospital in Long Binh outside Saigon where I ran the emergency room.
I returned intact in 1968 to complete my training in internal medicine and diseases of the kidney, nephrology.
I worked for twenty-three years in Berkeley, California in a hospital-based practice caring for patients with complicated illnesses often in ICU and served as Chief of Medicine.
My wife Dorlis and I retired in October 1995 and sailed under the Golden Gate Bridge for a life at sea in Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean.

Four years later, exhausted from repairing everything on board, (often many times) we sold the sailboat and within a year took the lazy man's out; we bought a Nordic Tug, a trawler. We motored around Florida, the Bahamas, the entire East Coast and completed two 'Circle trips' to Canada and back, eight months, the first time, five months, the second.
I wrote professionally as a physician to inform but rarely to entertain, at least not on purpose.

First, Do No Harm was published in April 2007. No Cure for Murder was released in August 2011. For the Love of God was published in January 2012 and The Sixth Sense in July 2012.

In the last two years, I've written three screenplays based on my novels and hope to see one or more produced for the screen. I submitted my screenplay, Rage to the 80th Annual Writer's Digest contest and won honorable mention (57 out of 11,000).
We live in beautiful Grass Valley with 13 year old Mike, a terrier mix and Bennie, a 7 year old purebred though enormous Yorkie.

I received this email from Lawrence Gold!

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Tough Cookie Mommy said...

My mother loves medical suspense books so I am going to read her this review. I'm sure she will want to order this book right away.

Masshole Mommy said...

My hubby LOVES medical thrillers. I might upload it on to his kindle to surprise him :)

Aisha Kristine Chong said...

I have never read a book that has medical suspense, my brother's wife should be thrilled to read this!

Pam said...

I think that this would be a great story to read. I am always fascinated with the medical world and do know for a fact they make difficult patients!

Melanie S said...

I don't think I've ever read a medical thriller before. Sounds like this would be a good place to start!

Coolmoms Cooltips said...

I think I would be a big hypochondriac if I were a doctor lol
still sounds like a good read, on my list
thanks for the reviews!

Annemarie said...

How great, I am always looking for a good read. With the Holidays approaching I have been on the hunt for a new book, this one sounds perfect!

Jennifer Williams said...

I would love to read this, having a little fact and fiction is a good thing. You have me wanting to know if she has the baby and if the moms end up being nice at some point.

Melanie B said...

I just read this and it was great! I'm letting a friend borrow it so hopefully they like it as well

Le-an Lai Lacaba said...

You reeled me in with the sneak peak! I'd love to read this one.

Annie said...

Sounds very interesting, but horrible twist on their lives!

Katherine Bartlett said...

My husband loves this kind of stuff. He studies the mind a lot.

Amanda Love ~ Growing Up Madison said...

oh this book does sound interesting. I was hoping you would go into more detail but now you make me want to buy it to read it. :)

Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell said...

I've read many legal-based novels, but never a medical one. This would be a nice change of pace.

Karen Hewitt said...

I love mysteries and psychological books but this one sounds heartbreaking

Ashley Gill said...

This sounds like it could go crazy in like 2 minutes! and I've never heard of locked in syndrome.. very interesting!

Pam said...

Doctors, nurses and a 5 star rating! I am in. Sounds like a good read for this retired nurse.

Megan Chamberlin said...

I haven't really read many medical dramas - usually crime and detective type stuff. I've never heard of that syndrome before either - that's sounds horrific! Maybe I should mix things up and give this one a try!

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