Gemini by Carol Cassella was so surprisingly good, I've added her previous books Oxygen and Healer to my reading list. And by 'surprising' I just mean, how is it that this author is not already on my radar? I enjoy stories of the medical mystery sort, especially when combined with family issues, relationships, and ethics. There's a lot going on in here. The writing put me in mind of Ann Patchett or Barbara Kingsolver; it is clear, well paced and lean, which given Cassella's medical degree and English literature degree, could have been easily overdone. She presents the reader with a compelling story, some interesting medical detail and a beautiful West Coast setting and then steps aside to allow it all to unfold organically. One of the things I very much appreciate and look out for in fiction is this trust between author and reader, reader and author. Gemini is a mature and thoughtful read, highly recommended.
In Seattle, an unidentified and unconscious victim is admitted to Dr. Charlotte Reese's intensive care unit. As Jane Doe's condition worsens, Charlotte finds herself becoming increasingly consumed by her patient's plight, both medical and personal. Who is this woman? Why will no one claim her? Who should decide her fate if she doesn't regain consciousness - and when? Charlotte is forced to confront these issues head on - especially when her boyfriend, Eric, a science journalist, becomes involved. In their In their pursuit of the truth, in their quest for solutions, Charlotte and Eric find their relationship put to the test. It is only when they open their hearts to their own feelings toward each other - and toward life itself - that Charlotte and Eric will unlock Jane Doe's shocking secret.