Dr. Rhea Lynch returned from a two week vacation to find out her best friend, Marisa,
was almost dead. The official diagnosis was a paralyzing stroke.
Rhea disagreed. However,
Marisa's husband, Dr. Steven Braswell, refused to let anyone near his wife, especially
close friends and family! So Rhea did her own, illegal, examinations and her diagnosis
was totally different ... and horrifying!
Then two more men show up in Rhea's ER with the same symptoms and the same diagnosis. All
three were unable to communicate what happened to them and who did it. Rhea's findings put
her in danger. The more she discovered, the more someone wanted her dead!
***** Move over Robin Cook and Echo Heron! I had to stop reading a few times
to calm myself down! My mother would call this exciting novel "A WOO-WOO!"
(Her version of "Wow" and "Lu-Lu" mixed.) You will not be able to turn
the pages fast enough. (I probably left skid marks!) Here is a novel that I highly
recommend to everyone! A KEEPER! *****
Reviewed by Detra Fitch
HUNTRESS BOOK REVIEWS huntressreviews.com
medical thriller, June 6, 2001
Reviewer: Harriet Klausner
After being on vacation for a week, ER Doctor Rhea Lynch returns home to learn her best
friend Marisa Braswell suffered a sever stroke. However, instead of being at the hospital,
Marisa's husband, Dr. Stephen Braswell, head of ER, has kept her at their home and will
not allow any visitors. Rhea cannot fathom why Stephen is keeping his spouse out of the
hospital and how such a healthy young woman like Marisa could have suffered such a
Rhea is unable to ignore her friend's plight. She sneaks into the Braswell home, but
what she sees horrifies her as a comatose Marisa drips a strange liquid from her nasal
passages. Her quick exam fails to verify Stephen's diagnosis. Later that same day, a
patient enters ER with similar if not the identical symptoms as Marisa has. Rhea begins to
investigate what is happening to her adopted small South Carolina town though someone will
go to any lengths to insure she fails including murder.
DELAYED DIAGNOSIS is an exciting medical thriller that centers on the theme of
friendship and how far a person will go in the name of that friendship. The heroine is a
person will risk everything for a friend. The intrepid Rhea is a flawed person whose
weaknesses turn into strengths. She goes the extra mile to help her best friend over the
objection of Marisa's spouse, who is the patient's doctor and Rhea's boss. Though the
reason for the conspiracy seems thin, readers will fully enjoy this action-packed medical
drama because Rhea, who tells much of the tale, hooks the audience. -- Harriet
From Romantic Times
Dr. Rhea Lynch returned home after a week's vacation to discover that life had changed
while she was gone. Her best friend, Marisa, had been a vibrant, loving woman.
Now, after only a week away. Marisa is in a virtually vegetative state, the result
of what appears to be a stroke.
Marisa's husband, Dr. Steven Braswell, has cut off contact between his wife and her
family and friends, keeping her home and practically a prisoner.
Rhea sneaks in to check on her friend and becomes determined to discover what happened
to this woman who was like a sister to her. Her resolve is strengthened when she
returns to work in the emergency room and her very first night back sees a patient whose
symptoms are remarkably like those of Marisa. Rhea begins collecting information
secretly, trying to piece together what has actually been happening in her small South
It quickly becomes obvious that someone wants to keep Rhea from discovering anything.
Her house is ransacked and attempts are made on her life, but nothing will stop her
from helping Marisa.
Ms Hunter's exciting tale, told in first person, pulls readers into a strong woman's
fights for friendship. Her heroine is well developed and inspirational--not in her
perfection, but in fighting through her weaknesses
-- Debbie Richardson, Romantic Times
from Ann Patterson's column - BOOKED &
SPARTANBURG HERALD-JOURNAL · SUNDAY, JULY 1, 2001
...When emergency room doctor Rhea Lynch returns from a vacation, she finds her best
friend, Marisa, in a cationic state, being treated at home. Marisa's husband,
Dr. Stephen Braswell, is treating his wife for a severe stroke, but lynch isn't buying
When several other people begin showing up in the ER with the same symptoms as Marisa,
Lynch traces the trail of bizarre injuries and symptoms to the door of doctors who have
invested in a rival clinic.
I like Hunter's new style. I know she's not really a doctor, she just writes
about one. But after reading Delayed Diagnosis, I think I'll list her as my
primary care physician with my insurance company...
From The Mystery Reader
|Delayed Diagnosis by Gwen
|(Mira, $5.99, PG) ISBN 1-55166-803-3
|Delayed Diagnosis offers readers the first glimpse of Dr. Rhea Lynch, who will
be featured, according to the author, in a series of romantic suspense novels. Set in a
small town in a rural county of South Carolina, author Gwen Hunter captures its essence
while advancing an inventive and imaginative well-orchestrated plot.
Growing up in a
dysfunctional home, with a mother who was not only an alcoholic but a manic depressive,
Rhea was essentially rearing herself when she met Marisa, who would become her best friend
through their school years. It was Marisas family who showed Rhea a true family
As the novel begins, Rhea has made the decision not to return to Charleston to a
lucrative medical practice with her significant other, John. She will remain an emergency
room physician in the small hospital in Dawson County where Marisa and her new husband
Steven live. Steven is a physician and works at the same hospital.
Rhea returns from a two-week vacation to find Marisa unexpectedly unable to communicate
and near death. The diagnosis is a severe stroke. Steven has checked Marisa out of the
hospital and is providing home care. Slipping in to see her, Rhea is stunned by her
condition and finds enough inconsistencies in her appearance to doubt the diagnosis.
Determined to help her friend, Rhea starts to examine the charts and data at the
hospital. The author, Gwen Hunter, does a magnificent job detailing medical practices from
the perspective of doctors, nurses, EMTs, and clericals. Adroitly she chronicles emergency
room activity, using the events to advance her plot and add depth to her characters.
One emergency room admission turns up another patient with Marisas symptoms. With
a clandestine record search Rhea is able to identify a common thread between the two
cases. While she conducts her search, Steven is falling apart emotionally, exhibiting fits
of rage and abusive physical behavior. Meanwhile Stevens stepson is accused of rape
and this, coupled with the entry of a competing health service provider in the area,
combine to provide the ingredients for an exciting story.
Hunter does everything right in this novel. Her pacing is great, scenes shift
seamlessly, dialogue is crisp, often humorous and always to the point. Her character
definition is complex and her plot development is logical.
While the resolution of Delayed Diagnosis is a bit too quick and contrived, it
does not interfere with the pleasure of the read.
Readers should know that a large number of technical and medical terms are used in Delayed
Diagnosis. If your eyes glaze over with simple emergency room terms, you will not
enjoy this book as much as those who eagerly embrace medical vignettes. --Thea
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