Review: Trapped by Lawrence W. Gold, M.D.

Posted: February 17, 2014 in New Adult, Reviews
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Author:  Lawrence W. Gold, M.D.

Paperback, 457 pages

Published in 2013 by Grass Valley Publishing

Genres:  New Adult, Fiction, Medical Suspence

Synopsis:  While medical students suspect that every headache is a brain tumor and that every chest pain is a heart attack, experienced physicians know diseases along a spectrum of horror-the ones they dread the most. Among these are cancer, Alzheimer’s, stroke, diabetes, and ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease). As the list continues, we come upon locked-in syndrome, a neurologic disease where a victim is awake and alert, but cannot move or communicate due to paralysis of all voluntary muscles in the body except for the eyes. In Trapped, a Brier Hospital Series novel by Lawrence W. Gold, M.D., the reader enters the neonatal and the adult intensive care units. Medical fiction works, not only due to its intrinsic drama, but because of the crucial ethical issues that arise, especially in intensive care. Lisa Cooke is the product of a passive mother and an abusive father. She finds her way into pediatric nursing, a world filled with men in control, especially the director of the Neonatal ICU, Mike Cooper. As Mike reminds Lisa of her father, it’s no surprise that they don’t get along. Ultimately, they fall in love and have a fulfilling marriage except that she’s unable to have children. They try everything, but fail. When an automobile accident severely injures Mike, Lisa is devastated. Shortly afterward, she discovers that she’s pregnant. Mike’s injuries are life threatening, and he nearly dies on several occasions. Mike suffers from locked-in syndrome and his survival is constantly in jeopardy, as is Lisa’s pregnancy. Will he/she/they survive?

My Review: I was eagerly anticipating this book and can say that I was not disappointed.  I could tell that it was going to be good from the very first page.  Gold is a master story-teller who pulls you in with well developed characters and a story that moves along at a fast pace, keeping you fully engrossed throughout.  Not to age myself, but it was as if I was reading a season of the television series ER.

The only negative thing that I can say about Trapped is that there were a few grammatical errors (mostly a word that was inserted that shouldn’t be) but these didn’t detract from the story at all.  Maybe a good proofread is all that is needed here.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys medical stories mixed with a little romance and drama.  Dr. Gold is definitely going up on my list of great indie authors!

Disclaimer:  I received this book from the author free of charge in exchange for an honest review.

  1. […] Review: Trapped by Lawrence W. Gold, M.D. […]

  2. Another great review! I like the sound of this, the characters seem to be well-developed and quite an unusual dimension to explore. Thanks for sharing 🙂

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