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The investigation into an apparent suicide reveals the dark side of medical research and physical attraction when during a slow night on duty paramedic Ana Ashmore drives past a crime scene not broadcast on her first-responder’s radio. Curious as to why, she stops to help, quickly realizing why she’d been excluded from the call. Her sister Sydney’s body has been found andThe investigation into an apparent suicide reveals the dark side of medical research and physical attraction when during a slow night on duty paramedic Ana Ashmore drives past a crime scene not broadcast on her first-responder’s radio. Curious as to why, she stops to help, quickly realizing why she’d been excluded from the call. Her sister Sydney’s body has been found and the police believe her death is self-inflicted.A soon-to-be-divorcee who recently underwent life saving surgery, Sydney planned a fresh start, a career change, and in spite of the procedure that rendered her sterile, to adopt and become a mother. The more Ana sees the future through her sister’s eyes, the more certain she becomes that she wouldn’t have taken her own life. But she needs proof.Ana investigates with the help of Dr. Jared Monroe, an emergency room physician indirectly tied to the case, and the two develop a complicated attraction. Working against time, the police, and a corrupt healthcare system, Ana and Jared aren’t only looking for the cause of Sydney’s death. They’re looking to save others from her fate. Closing in on the killer’s identity, either of them might be next....

Title : Fatal Reaction
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ISBN : 9781477830123
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Number of Pages : 350 Pages
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Fatal Reaction Reviews

  • ReadAlong With Sue
    2019-05-29 10:17

    This is a mystery thriller.Medical mystery/thriller.It was an OK read, had everything you would expect from a medical thriller, however, I just couldn't keep up with all the "cast" there were far too many people in this book it was like one big line up of people.Imagine a big huge line up of people you are being introduced to, by the time you got to 10 [in my case around 5] you would need to go back to the beginning of the line up again or at the least, get a note pad and paper out and stick labels on them to identify them later.You know when someone says to you....You know Bob, hes the uncle of Clair whose the niece of Flo, you know Flo, shes the woman who fred was married to who divorced carol and took up with Doris who was related to Clair who was the niece of Flo.......UMMMMM WHAT???£££Well, this is what it felt like to me.I loved the story but even at the end, I was lost with who was who and what was and what they did and why.A few adjustments and this would have been better in my humble reading opinion. **Thanks to Amazon Publishing for my copy ^^

  • Denise
    2019-05-31 09:19

    2.0 out of 5 stars -- Attempt at medical thriller reads more like a soap opera. This novel, which apparently is supposed to be the first of a new series featuring Paramedic Ana Ashmore, is very predictable, has no suspense, and suffers from way too much romantic ridiculousness to be taken seriously as a mystery. Though it has, at its heart, an ethically questionable situation involving uterine organ transplantation, the medical science aspect took a back burner to melodrama. The perils and predicaments that Ana puts herself in have nothing to do with her job as a paramedic and, in fact, in the whole of the book, she handles only one actual ambulance call. The story begins when Ana, who is on duty, sees a commotion at a dive hotel. When she is not called to the scene, she wanders on over anyway, and finds that the victim is already dead of a possible suicide, and that the woman is her sister! Ana rushes into the room and interrupts the crime scene investigation, finds out the details from her friend the cop, and from that point on, she starts her own investigation because she is sure that it was homicide. Her sleuthing leads her to revelations about her sister's recent cancer diagnosis and to the whole plot line involving the medical team performing cutting edge surgery. There are too many different characters to keep track of, all of them one-dimensional stereotypes, who are more concerned with who they are sleeping with than the care of their patients. There are no surprises as the whole spectacle finally winds down with a blah conclusion. I don't plan to read the next book in this series and just felt relief that I actually stuck with this to the end. I try to read every medical mystery or thriller I can find, and I'm always open to trying new authors so I'm glad that NetGalley offered me this e-book ARC to review. I'll keep looking.

  • Lillie
    2019-05-31 10:17

    Unfaithful spouses, greedy doctors who care more for their professional success than about their patients, and couples desperate to have a baby of their own. Unethical medical procedures, evil practices, and murder disguised as suicide. Although the characters and their actions sound like the Mafia at work, everything takes place in a prestigious hospital by well-known medical professionals. It's enough to make a reader vow never to schedule an appointment with a doctor and never to allow surgery or other serious procedures in a hospital.

  • Wennie
    2019-06-05 04:20

    An e-book copy was provided in exchange for a review. Belinda Frisch does not hold back. The action starts from the first pages of this book to the very end. The story starts when Detective Mike Richardson answers a call of a body being found at a motel. Upon reaching his destination, he finds that this is no ordinary call, for he knows the deceased quite well. And it spirals downward from there, when the sister of the deceased, Anne, a paramedic answers the call as well. We are suddenly thrust on a mystery of why the sister was at a seedy motel, was it a suicide or was it murder. Belinda Frisch skillfully unravels the mystery to us, as she slowly introduces different characters and motives to this whodunit. Peppered with medical jargon and medicinal terms, the reader won’t get lost as Belinda weaves in what happens to the body and what the drugs would do quite adeptly. It is this plaiting of medical information to the mystery that makes this a very intriguing read. Belinda’s no-nonsense writing takes the reader directly into the heart of the action. The succinct prose and the steady, almost staccato phrasing helps build the drumbeat of suspense to the end. There is a twist in the end, one that I definitely did not see coming. There are plots and subplots, and myriad of characters that are introduced, and it is a testament to Belinda’s writing and organization that the characters retain their individuality in the story as the subplots emerge and fade. Fatal Reaction is a character driven medical mystery, with subplots of a love story and second chances. This is book is executed soundly, and you get a sense that the author had a clear direction on where to take the plot and the characters. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and look forward to reading the next one in the series.

  • Wanda Hartzenberg
    2019-06-08 10:12

    I was impressed with this book. The character list never assumed I am dumb and could lose the thread due to more than two people in the cast.The pace was fast and relentless always driving forward. The story was fun, entertaining. I wont go so far as to say I could not put the book down but I came pretty close to it.So if a medical mystery thriller is your cuppa, then I recommend this book. It is well written, well edited and in the end it did what I want from a book. It gave me the escape from every day life I crave when I pick up a book.Really, what more do you want from fiction?

  • Nancy Shepherd
    2019-06-07 07:20

    I received "Fatal Reaction" free through Goodreads First Reads. This book deals with organ transplants in a new light. We see a doctor who has no scruples,hospital admins who do not know what is going on in their wards, and law enforcement officers trying to solve mysteries with their hands tied by unethical medical personnel. I finished this novel quickly because I simply could not put it down!

  • Esther Somorai
    2019-06-06 06:26

    I won an ARC of this book through GoodReads, first-reads giveaway. Thank you so much.Love the eye-catching cover! Very much enjoyed this medical, murder mystery that went along at just the right pace and kept me reading. The subject of the story is certainly different than anything I've ever come across before. Good character interaction, well-written, interesting and exciting.

  • Sandy Roper
    2019-06-12 06:23

    Everything u want in a medical thrillerCldnt put this book down. Keeps u going thru the whole book, very well written. Hope to find more from this author.

  • Travis Wyatt
    2019-06-09 08:24

    ReviewThis was an excellent book. I really enjoyed that it was very captivating and suspenseful. It is the best medical thriller that I have read in a long time.

  • Maggie
    2019-05-28 08:14

    Terrific premise kept me engrossed to the happy ending.

  • Kathy
    2019-06-10 03:27

    I won a of this book by Goodreads.First I was intrigued by the synopsis and that was why I entered the giveway for this book.To start, I was confused. There are entirely to many characters to sort out, especially in the first 3 chapters. I had to go back several times to figure out who was who. I felt like this book had a good idea with the organ transplant and the concerns surrounding this subject in the book. But there was not enough detail about it for me. I think the writer missed the mark a bit with this book. She had so much going on with the characters, instead of being interesting it became annoying.She had a bunch of good ideas, I just don't feel like they all needed to be in one book.Since this story revolved around murder, I also would have liked to see more investigating instead of sexual encounters. I felt Like Ana, the main character needed a bit more depth. Overall, not the worse book I read, but I did struggle trying to finish it.

  • Mitchell
    2019-05-20 04:09

    Pretty much what you would expect from a murder mystery. I liked it but there were parts that were too formulary, which I guess is kind of hard to avoid when writing a murder mystery...there are a limited number of plot devices to choose from. What I did like was some of the character development and there were some tense moments that always makes a good murder mystery. Even though I figured out the guilty party well before the end, I still enjoyed the ride. There were other inclusions to the story that didn't suit my tastes but it's just tastes. They didn't take away from the story at all but it would have been just as good without them.

  • Sam F Hull
    2019-06-15 10:08

    Couldn't finish...Surely there is a compelling story here, but I got lost before it was evident. There were eight characters introduced in chapter one...a cardinal sin in my eyes. Mostly they are characterized by the color of their eyes. I plugged on until chapter 11, when Dorian a transplant surgeon ( with brown hair and green eyes) was introduced. The speed read monitor in my computer indicated four-plus hours to finish. I quit. Apologies to the author. She has published accomplishment to be lauded.

  • Marta Scheiner
    2019-05-19 02:57

    Medical thriller I read this book awhile back and don’t know why I didn’t review it right away. I guess it kept me thinking even after I was finished. Although it is a medical thriller there is a romance story as well. No doubt you get your money’s worth with this one. 5 star.

  • philip booth
    2019-06-17 02:59

    Moves between full and irritatingI found the book deeply unsatisfying and came close to giving up more than once Teenage style relationships and an almost ludicrous plot.I will be strenuously avoiding further books featuring Anneliese Ashmore.

  • Lon Schafer
    2019-05-29 09:04

    AwesomeGreat story. The author put plenty of thought into thud book. I hope the rest are this good. I'll keep reading.

  • Mona Dempsey
    2019-06-04 08:59

    This was fantastic, it moves right along, the characters all have their human flaws, giving it realism from start to finish. Am not giving away any hints of plot, t'would spoil the surprises for the next reader. Def. a five star rating.

  • Margaret Ferrara
    2019-05-30 07:15

    Great readingA fast paced story which I enjoyed. It kept my interest through the whole book. I would recommend this book to everyone.

  • Victoria nelson
    2019-05-20 09:07

    ActionConfusing relationships in a medical setting. Murders. Illegal practice. Marriage difficulties and illicit love affairs, culminating in justice being served.

  • Jemma
    2019-06-06 08:18

    I really only half enjoyed this book. Whilst the plot was very interesting, I couldn’t see past the predictable character dynamics and the poorly executed drama that littered the pages of ‘Fatal Reaction.’ The blurb looked really promising and, to give the book credit, the story did live up to its description. Paramedic Ana Ashmore is devastated when she learns that her sister Sydney has killed herself - but not only is she heartbroken, she is also suspicious and confused; why would Sydney commit suicide after winning her battle with cancer? Her suspicions lead her on a dark path of discovery where she finds scandal, corruption and betrayal in what should be a safe and trustworthy place; the hospital.The plot really was intriguing, and the way that it was revealed was tantalising and effective – it was obvious that much thought had been put into the small details which filled in the storyline. It is just a shame that the other aspects in play overshadowed this for me.What put me off hugely from the start was the barrage of complex characters that are thrown at you, and I was barely confident on their identities even after finishing the book; obviously not a good sign. Clearly the author had many characters with comprehensive backstories all stored in her head, which is to be applauded, but I feel like too many of them found their way into this book – it was unbelievably confusing keeping up with who had green eyes, red hair etc. I found myself re-reading extracts to clarify things, and this made reading the book more like a chore than anything else.Alongside the vast array of characters are sporadic romances between many of them, and this is something else I intensely disliked about the book. The relationship drama and crossovers seemed hastily written in and when the focus was on it, it just wasn’t believable. I couldn’t bring myself to be emotionally invested in them because the characters were extremely fickle, falling in and out of love at the drop of a hat; it really did spoil the read for me. I also found that everything seemed sexually driven to the point of being ridiculous, and the narrative always seemed to fixate on appearance, which I grew bored of quite quickly. I couldn’t count the amount of times that women wore tightly fitted revealing clothes, or how many men lost their wits just because a beautiful women was around. There isn’t enough time to even scratch the surface on how sexist this book could be, and it was really off putting. Despite these flaws, I did finish ‘Fatal Reaction’ and this was mainly due to the highly interesting medical side of things. The hospital setting was very convincing, and though I predicted the end about halfway through, it was still very intense. I don’t particularly recommend this book, but many others obviously enjoyed it – it just wasn’t my cup of tea. I received this book from Netgally in return for an honest review.

  • Matt Schiariti
    2019-06-04 02:26

    A slow night shift takes a turn for the absolute worst when Paramedic Anneliese Ashmore happens upon the scene of her sister, Sydney's, apparent suicide. Sydney was strong, Sydney was a survivor. Ana knows in her heart that suicide is something her older sister would never contemplate. The crime scene seems perfect, too perfect, and Ana takes it upon herself to work outside the law and do her own investigation. As she delves deeper into the rabbit hole, she'll discover a trail of lies, deceit, and greed. Will she unravel the mystery of her sister's death, or die trying?Fatal Reaction hits the ground running and doesn’t stop until the very end. Part medical mystery, part thriller, part amateur sleuth novel, it combines several genres and does it well, thanks to Frisch’s fast and succinct, yet descriptive style, and her ability to weave a complex and twisty plot without ever losing the reader. Every chapter has a purpose; every character has their part to play. There is no fat on this book, and it reads in such a way that the short chapters fly by. She makes you want to turn that page, she makes you want to find out the truth behind the mystery, she makes you want to see the characters’ reactions. It’s addictive in the best possible way, and has an almost cozy, small town feel to it that pulls you right into it.Plot is nothing without well executed and interesting characters, and Fatal Reaction has a great cast. From the heroes to the villains, each person is fleshed out with their own back story, motivations, and voice. Even in scenes where there are many players, Frisch deftly handles them in a concise, natural, and realistic way. You’ll never be confused as to who is saying what, or what their intentions are, and despite a complex medicine-oriented plot (another thing handled very well thanks to the author’s fifteen years in the medical field), there is a high level of emotion in the characters and their unique stories, which makes them real, gives them dimension.I can’t imagine this was an easy book to write. It’s filled with subplots, twists, and features intricate medical and forensic aspects, but it’s written in a fluid, easy to understand manner that is never watered down.At the end of the day, Fatal Reaction is a character drama wrapped in a medical thriller, with a hint of romance to round out the package. From the beginning to the satisfying ending, this book isn’t short, but you may just find yourself taking it in all in one sitting.Entertaining, and well executed, this is yet another book Belinda Frisch can be proud of, and will appeal to fans of Cook, Reichs, and the like. I flew through it and can’t recommend it highly enough.

  • Rach Lawrence
    2019-05-21 07:23

    *I was provided a copy of Fatal Reaction through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*Paramedic Ana Ashmore happens upon a crime scene and figures she’ll lend a hand, even though she wasn’t called to the scene. What she finds is beyond belief. Her sister Sydney has died of an apparent suicide. But Ana doesn’t believe that’s really what happened since Sydney had everything to live for after recently beating cancer. A little digging around uncovers some interesting facts. Not only was Sydney fighting with her soon-to-be ex-husband, but she was also in touch with another doctor—one Ana knew nothing about.With help from family friend and police officer Mike and Dr. Jared Monroe, Ana pieces together what was going on in Sydney’s life leading up to her murder and finds some startling information. The killer is still on the loose, and they strike again, killing one person and kidnapping another. When Ana puts all the pieces together, she ends up in danger of suffering the same fate as her sister. Jared and Mike have to figure out where the killer has taken her and get there in time to save her life.Fatal Reaction is a well written, fast paced mystery where nothing is as it seems. The plot is intricate, with plenty of characters and lots of twists. It is an enjoyable story that will keep you enthralled right up until the end. Even though I figured out who the killer was early on, there was still plenty to hold my attention. The “how” was just as important as the “who” and the “why.”There are a few drawbacks to this story though. The number of players makes it difficult to remember who’s who and what their relationship is to everyone else. Short chapters jump from one scene to the next quickly, making it hard to figure out the timeline of what’s going on. And with so many people involved, there isn’t much depth to any of the characters or their relationships to each other. For example, we are told Ana is in love with a man she can’t have, who turns out to be Jared. Jared has been married for close to twenty years and is on the verge of divorce. Other than that, there is no background information on how Ana and Jared met or how long they’ve known each other. We are just supposed to believe the interest exists between them.Overall, this is a good mystery with a lot of action that will keep you involved in the story. I enjoyed reading it and would likely read more by this author. Note: this is a revised edition of Fatal Reaction that will be published on June 9, 2015.For more of my reviews, please visit

  • Paul Franco
    2019-06-09 02:17

    The murder of a cancer survivor in a cheap hotel is made to look like an OD. She’s the sister of the main protagonist, a female EMT who blunders into the scene before anyone can stop her, and continues to do so throughout the book.The premise is intriguing; being no medical expert, I don’t know if uterine transplant is a reality, but it’s used here to show how arrogant and self-serving the main baddie is. The writing style is fine, the characters well-developed. But while the story is for the most part enjoyable, it has some serious flaws. Like the cops, we’re supposed to believe the big bad is the killer, but it’s obvious he’s being framed, and by the time the real murderer tries to add to the frame, thus revealing themselves, we’ve basically figured it out already. It also makes us think the cop would really have to be stupid to fall for that; that could have definitely been done better. Then the lead impetuously rushes off to confront the murderer, and of course is in way over her head and gets kidnapped. THEN her new lover does the same thing! Call the cops, people! Let the professionals handle it! Seriously, you never see people acting this dumb in real life, and real life is filled with idiots! It would have been much more believable to have the antagonist go after her; even though the baddie is rather batty, they’re a paragon of mental health compared to those blundering through this. The poorly executed plot toward the end downgrades it a point.

  • Max Gordon
    2019-06-07 07:12

    I liked the premise of this book, but soon became overwhelmed by the veritable flood of characters who were not dissimilar enough to keep sorted as the mystery deepened. While there were a number of strong scenes (the escape, for example), there were also some peripheral and even main characters and plot elements that were not red herrings so much as loose ends that were never tied back. The title hints that this will be a series featuring Ana Ashmore, but she is just one of a multitude of characters who lacked depth. She has potential, but plays almost a cameo role in her own book. It was difficult to root for any of the characters in the book except the first victim and Sergeant Mike Richardson. The love stories make no sense, given that the characters involved seem universally unlikable (except Ana, who is likable but two-dimensional). Still, love is funny that way, so I kept hoping the book would redeem itself in the end. :-(

  • Sarah
    2019-05-26 10:16

    I was given a free copy of Fatal Reaction from NetGalley for an honest review and this is my review.I enjoyed the plot and storyline of this book but for me it was told by too many perspectives. I was getting lost at times trying to keep who each person was separate so I could keep track of what was going on. For me one or two perspectives are enough when you add more then that it information overload that could be given without adding all these other main voices to the mix to add confusion.I did look like the story and would read another by the author just to see if I get use to the writing style or if it get tighter as she writes more. I am going to give this book three out of five stars because the story was great but it did have a lot of extra going on that had me looking back to refresh my memory about who characters were and that was a bit annoying.

  • Aly
    2019-05-31 05:09

    This book was great! I loved Julia Farmer interpretation of the book. She did well with just a slight change in her voice and you could tell who she was reading for with each character.I work in the health field so the authors knowledge was great on this topic as well. I think she has done her research. The book was a great mystery and I enjoyed the story line and I would read/listen to more books from both Belinda Frisch and more narrated by Julia Farmer. I have listened to a few other books but I was very impressed by this one. I can't wait for book 2! "This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBlast dot com."

  • Jim
    2019-06-14 03:12

    I stopped reading somewhere after 80 %. This reads like an episode of "General Hospital". Although it does begin with a murder. Book gives away the killer far to quickly in the story line. I knew who was killer far before it was reveled. The story just did not have any substance. From the beginning I was pretty bored with how it read. I kept forcing myself to keep going, but at a point- why ? Maybe it's just me since book had some high reviews. I gave it 2 stars out of 5. I would have given it 1.5 stars out of 5 if possible. Put this one in the D-U-D pile and move on. Unless you're a big fan of "General Hospital" or something.

  • Chynna Bedford
    2019-06-02 03:09

    This audio book was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost to me in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of Audiobook Blast. This book kept me hooked from the beginning to the end. I really enjoyed the main character and her strength. Awesome mystery and suspense. Could not put it down...I Listened to it in one sitting. My only complaint was with the narrator. She was good...but very hard at times to differentiate between characters. Over all...very pleased though. :) Highly recommend this book!

  • Chia
    2019-06-07 07:09

    It had a different approach in which I presumed it to be a murder mystery, but I enjoyed reading this novel. The characters were well explained & the main subject was introduced in the beginning to make sense. There was a lot of drama going on in the storyline as well. I had to go back and forth to figure out what's happening with each individuals situation. Overall, the author did a great job of portraying a creative story.

  • Paula Ackley
    2019-06-15 03:12

    Fatal Reaction has a good storyline and premise though I didn't find it to be much of a murder mystery. The plot wasn't dramatic or developed enough. There was no depth to the plot or to the characters. There is a big cast of characters but even the major ones didn't have much going for them. Even with this large cast I was able to figure out the mystery and the culprit. No real surprises, twists, drama, or mystery.