#BookReview Under the Knife by Kelly Parsons @drkellyparsons @StMartinsPress Title: Under the Knife

Author: Kelly Parsons

Published by: St. Martin's Press on Feb. 7, 2017

Genres: Mystery/Thriller

Pages: 352

Format: eBook, ARC

Source: St. Martin's Press, NetGalley

Book Rating: 8.5/10

From the author of Doing Harm, a thriller in which a grieving, vengeful husband stalks the surgeon he blames for his wife’s untimely death.

Morgan Finney, a biotechnology tycoon, is a shy, highly intelligent but socially awkward and emotionally fragile man. It was his wife, Jenny, with whom he connected and who enabled him to connect with others. When Jenny dies of complications during a surgery led by Dr. Rita Wu, Finney’s grief turns to rage. He vows to kill Rita just as he believes she killed his wife. But first he will systematically destroy her life. Aided by a mysterious man named Sebastian, Finney uses advanced medical technology to brainwash Rita. He tricks her into ruining her reputation and brings her to the brink of madness. Alone, fighting for her sanity and life, Rita reaches out to ex-lover Dr. Spencer Cameron. Together they uncover Finney’s horrific intentions and race to stop him.


Intelligent, fast-paced and creepy!

In this new novel by Parsons we’re once again submerged in an incredibly detailed, medical thrill-ride that not only demonstrates his ability to write a well crafted, edge-of-your-seat mystery but also highlights his first-hand knowledge of the terminology and lifestyle of being a surgeon.

The writing is well done. The plot is an action-packed tale full of revenge, guilt, moral dilemmas and spine-chilling medical advancements. And the characters, even the villainous one, are intelligent, successful, troubled and developed in such a way you can’t help but empathize with them.

Overall, I would have to say that this is a highly entertaining, captivating read that is perfect fans of Robin Cook and Michael Palmer.


This book is due to be published on February 7, 2017.

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Thank you to NetGalley, especially St. Martin’s Press, for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review.


About Kelly Parsons

KELLY PARSONS is a surgeon and professor at the University of California, San Diego. He lives with his family in Southern California.

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