Book Review: It's Nothing Personal by: Kate O'Reilley

Rating: 4/5

Publisher: Quandary Publishing

Publish Date: January 18, 2013

Origins:  From Author for Review

Format:  Trade Paperback

Order Links:  Amazon / Barnes & Noble

Synopsis: Anesthesiologist, Dr. Jenna Reiner, was blindsided on a January morning by an incident that would forever change her life. A scrub technician at her hospital was stealing narcotics from anesthesiologists, injecting those same narcotics into her veins, and returning the contaminated syringes, knowing they would be used on patients. The scrub tech was infected with hepatitis C, a deadly virus.

Unknowingly, anesthesiologists at St. Augustine Hospital were injecting their patients with hepatitis C laden syringes. When Dr. Jenna Reiner administered anesthesia, she was holding a murder weapon in her hands. Dr. Reiner was about to find out that not only was her hospital at risk, but her entire life was about to be turned upside down. The scrub tech’s addiction evolved into a public health scare, potentially affecting thousands. Unfortunately, on that fateful day, Dr. Reiner and her patient fell victim to an addict.

The ensuing medical malpractice suit filed by Allison Anders, a ruthless attorney, becomes a battle for survival for Jenna and her family. For Dr. Reiner, the lawsuit is personal. Jenna Reiner faces more demons than she thought imaginable as she fights against greed, brutality, accusations, and a corrupt legal system. Will Dr. Reiner prevail? Or will the system win?

Inspired by true events, IT’S NOTHING PERSONAL is a story of endurance and pain beyond imagination.

Review: Dr. Jenna Reiner is an anesthesiologist who takes pride in her work and is very good at her job. One morning, she finds out a scrub tech was found to have been replacing needles which had been filled with the narcotics needed for the surgical patients with dirty needles filled with saline. Now everything Dr. Reiner’s worked for is at risk because of a junkie who has Hepatitis C and has possibly infected hundreds of people, if not more. Dr. Reiner is being sued by a former patient and the greedy lawyers and their client will stop at nothing to ruin her, professionally and financially. Will Dr. Reiner be able to hold her own and win or will she be just another doctor ruined by this scandal?

‘It’s Nothing Personal’ is like a “ripped from the headlines” episode of Law & Order. Dr. Reiner is a hardworking doctor, wife, and mother. When she is sued for something which is not her fault, as she was as much a victim as the patient, she wants to fight. I don’t know how I would feel in her position, but the author has brought Dr. Reiner’s anguish and anger to palpable levels. I enjoyed ‘It’s Nothing Personal’, but it was equally terrifying, especially as I work in a similar field. I think other readers will also be quickly drawn into the story and empathize with the characters who bring it to life.


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