by Tess Gerritsen

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In this classic medical thriller filled with harrowing suspense and brilliantly crafted plot twists, Tess Gerritsen—the author of the acclaimed Rizzoli & Isles series that inspired the hit television show—delivers a pulse-pounding tale that “will make your heart skip a beat” (USA TODAY).

For Dr. Abby DiMatteo, the long road to Boston’s Bayside Hospital has been anything but easy. Now, immersed in the grinding fatigue of her second year as a surgical resident, she’s elated when the hospital’s elite cardiac transplant team taps her as a potential recruit.

But Abby soon makes an anguished, crucial decision that jeopardizes her entire career. A car crash victim’s healthy heart is ready to be harvested; it is immediately cross-matched to a wealthy private patient, Nina Voss. Abby hatches a bold plan to make sure that the transplant goes instead to a dying seventeen-year-old boy who is also a perfect match.

The repercussions are powerful and swift and Abby is shaken but unrepentant—until she meets the frail, tormented Nina. Then a new heart for Nina Voss suddenly appears, her transplant is completed, and Abby makes a terrible discovery: Nina’s heart has not come through the proper channels.

Defying Bayside Hospital’s demands for silence, Abby plunges into an investigation that reveals an intricate, and murderous, chain of deceptions. Every move Abby makes spawns a vicious backlash and, in a ship anchored in the stagnant waters of Boston Harbor, a final, grisly discovery lies waiting...

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ISBN-13: 9780613091848
Publisher: Turtleback Books: A Division of Sanval
Publication date: 08/28/1997
Pages: 368
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.56(h) x 1.14(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Tess Gerritsen left a successful practice as an internist to raise her children and concentrate on her writing. She gained nationwide acclaim for her first novel of medical suspense, the New York Times bestseller Harvest; she followed her debut with the bestsellers Life Support and Gravity (both available from Pocket Books.) Her other novels includes Body Double, The Sinner, The Apprentice, and The Surgeon. Tess Gerritsen lives in Maine.

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Harvest 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 113 reviews.
yogagirlOR More than 1 year ago
Medical suspense is my favorite and this book is possibly the best I've read. Could've put it down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this in original hardcover when it first was released. Excellent first novel...and I have been reading her books faithfully ever since. Robin Cook & Michael Palmer...move over!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
a MUST read! I couldn't put it down for 2 1/2 days!
Yogamum More than 1 year ago
I couldn't put this book down. The suspense, twists & turns kept me interested until the end.
Stephen St. Peter More than 1 year ago
Once you start you won't want to stop.
BookClubJunkieNY More than 1 year ago
With a fast paced writing style, Tess Gerritsen weaves a scary story of organ harvesting. Characters are believable, story line is believable, and the writing is well done. The story line stays with you after you've read the book, and makes you question and wonder if the plot could really happen today.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Couldn't put it down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really liked this book. Very thrilling and liked the twist at the end.
Lucidreader More than 1 year ago
I really liked HARVEST by Tess Gerritsen. It had a fantastic storyline that kept me wanting more. The plot was original and the details of the medical issues were very interesting. The characters were great too. I would recommend reading this book.
PattiBascomb More than 1 year ago
A young, talented surgical resident is recruited to become a future member of Bayside Hospital's organ transplant team. Seems perfect - a dream job where she will be doing something she loves while working with her fiancée. The catch? She and a colleague take a heart listed in a donor registry for their dying teenage patient, but somehow slated at the last moment for a wealthy woman who is number three on the donor list. The husband of the rich patient is incensed and tries to ruin her career. Terrible murder accusations are made, but no one believes in her innocence except her colleague and friend who did the organ harvest with her. She wonders whom she can trust, especially when the origin of the transplant heart becomes suspect. This action packed novel is full of surgical detail along with personal, legal and professional drama. A parallel story of potential transplant donors (involving the Russian Mafia) is tragic and horrifying at the same time. Organ harvesting is certainly not new, but in 1996, when this book was first published, the medical community in the U.S. was undergoing yet another review of the process of matching donors with recipients. It had been legal to donate organs for over thirty years, but as transplants of all types became routinely successful, doctors of the gravely ill sought more donors. It became important to establish a national clearinghouse for the available organs, ranking potential recipients by need for the organ, not by income level. This ranking eliminated questions of unfairness, but wasn't foolproof. Enter a new phase for the medical thriller. A bit of literary trivia: "Harvest" mentions a paralyzing drug, succinylcholine. This drug is widely used by anesthesiologists to induce muscle relaxation during surgery, but in the wrong dose can cause wide-awake paralysis. If you enjoy medical thrillers, you might remember the same drug used in Cook's "Foreign Body" (published in 2008) with very different results. Great read! (Rated R for language and adult situations)
tylerandzachsmom More than 1 year ago
As always with this author I could not put this book down!
SnowflakeCO More than 1 year ago
had you on the edge of your seat
Leigh Miller More than 1 year ago
I just finished this book yesterday and was so sad to see it end. The ending left me with some unanswered questions, but the journey to get there was thrilling, to say the least. This author really has a way of bringing her characters to life that leaves you sweating and your heart pumping right along with them, and the topic of the book, illegal organ harvest, isn't something dealt with on a daily basis, but knowing all too well the dark underbelly of society, is real enough to strike fear into your heart. LOVED the book and the author. I definitely reccomend 'Harvest' :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Intricate plot, sympathetic characters, and altogether a fascinating look at the lengths some will go to in order to buy life. Well-written (if not as richly poetic as Ken Bruen or as smooth and well-paced as Michael Connelly), sometimes horrifying in the cruelty it exposes, "Harvest" is a gripping look at some very real contemporary issues. Highly recommended -- but not for the squeamish!
Mom2Moo More than 1 year ago
I am a huge fan of Tess Gerritsen's work. One of the things that I enjoyed most about this book is that it makes you really think - if you were in the situation the heroine finds herself in, what would you do? Would you throw everything away to stand by your ethics and beliefs? Would you sit back and relish in your new position and opportunity? These are things for Abby to consider and it caused me to wonder "Would I do this if I were her?". I found myself cheering, rooting, and holding my breath for Abby. I found the ending slightly predictable but still loved every page of it! I will continue reading her works and always look forward to reading each book by her...
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have read all of the Detective Jane Rizzoli and Dr. Maura Isles series that I figured I should read Mrs. Gerritsen's earlier works. What a treasure I found in 'Harvest'. From the first page, you are sucked in and the book refuses to let you go until the very last page. Great story, incredible characters, hospital setting. What more could you ask for. Looking forward to reading the others
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book!!! It kind of takes a while before you fully understand whats actully happaning,but once you do you won't want to put this book down.The characters in this book are almost life-like.The plot is very,very captivating.
jenforbus on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Abby DiMatteo is a top-notch second-year resident at Bayside Hospital in Boston. Dr. Wettig, the supervisor of the residency program, is known to be a hard-nose who never compliments any of the residents, but he shows a lot of respect for Abby. In addition to the respect she is receiving from her supervisor, the organ transplant team is also showing interest in Abby. They want her to be a part of their team when she finishes her residency.Abby is ecstatic about the attention she is receiving from the transplant team, and even more excited when her boyfriend Mark, who is also on the transplant team, asks her to marry him. But all the wonderfulness starts to fade after Abby helps a teenage boy get the heart transplant that is rightfully his over a 40-year-old woman who's husband is wealthy and wants to "pay" for the heart. The teenage boy is saved but the cost may be Abby's life.I'll just start this review by saying Tess Gerritesen knows how to write a thriller! Even though she writes the story so that the reader can make connections early on, the approach doesn't deter from the anticipation or excitement at all. It is kind of like watching a scary movie where someone enters a dark room with eerie music playing. You KNOW something is going to jump out at the person, but you still jump out of your seat when it happens. That is what this book easily compares to.The concept of buying and selling organs in this book is nothing short of terrifying. Gerritsen writes in such a way as to evoke a tremendous amount of emotion from the reader: fear, horror, anger, mortification. Gerritsen also has a gift when it comes to characterization. I absolutely fell in love with Yakov, a young Russian orphan who was so smart and had so much curiosity. He yearned for companionship, looking for it where ever he could find it. And Abby is another great female character. She is faced with multiple lawsuits that the wealthy husband is arranging with all his money. She is a resident; she has no money to even begin to try to fight them, but she feels that she must do something. I found myself identifying with her frustration over the fact that money is the controlling factor, not what is RIGHT. Abby isn't a superwoman, she doesn't have the super powers to trump the evils of money. And sadly, everything doesn't turn out happily ever after. But it turns out believable, which in the end makes the book that much more frightening.I listened to this book on audio. This was a Recorded Books version, read by George Guidall. One of the elements of Guidall's reading that stood out for me was how his pace increased with action that was taking place in the plot. I find myself doing that when I read myself, so I appreciated his tendency to do the same thing. While I enjoy Guidall's readings and I think he did a very nice job on this book, I also think his sound is a little too old for the characters that this book centered on. And I'm also a little curious why they chose a male reader over a female reader for this particular book. But, as with In Big Trouble, these factors aren't enough for me not to highly recommend it. I had a great experience listening to this audiobook.
Darrol on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
An interesting read. A little obvious in plot.
redheadish on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I am totally getting into reading tess's books. This was an awesome keep you on the edge of your seat book! I stayed up late 2 nights in a row to finish this book great ending!
dbhutch on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Ms. Gerritsen does it again, with one of her earlier books. Harvest is a unique look into the black market world of organ sales - human organs for transplants. At Bayside hopsital in Boston, there is a highly successful transplant team, who seemingly is able to find donor matches with ease, only for a price. Dr. Abby DiMatteo stumles inot this dark world when she is invited to join the transplant team, only to find things arent working as they should. Soon she finds herself on the run, discredited, and wondering what happened to other members of the "team" at Bayside. Can she find out the entire truth and bring things to light before she ends up Harvested herself?
LiteraryFeline on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is an edge of your seat medical thriller about a second year resident who uncovers a conspiracy of murder, betrayal, and danger, surrounding the illegal harvesting of organs. From page one, I was along for the ride and could hardly put the book down. Tess Gerritsen wrote an intense story and created characters most everyone will love, including Abby, Yakov and Katzka.
Jennie_103 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I felt this story just didn't hang together (SPOILER ALERT....)If Victor's wife was 3rd on the AB blood type transplant list and the two above her on the list died (as was clearly stated) then surely the teenage boy who actually recieved the heart must have been lower down on the list. He must have been in the same blood group otherwise they wouldn't have been fighting over it in the first place, but this is never mentioned. And if he was then they had a medical and very defined reason why it should have gone to her. Of course it wouldn't have made much of a story then...
Armando-Perez-2003 More than 1 year ago
Armando Perez 15 May 2018 In the novel Harvest, by Tess Gerritsen, the genre is both Horror and Mystery. The whole idea of the novel is that the transplant team of a famous hospital, along with a well-known surgeon, are getting innocent people in a brain-dead state. They are doing this to harvest their organs, and supply them to the buyers, which are in a vital state. The actions of both the transplant team and the doctor have created suspicion around the hospital, and more importantly have caught surgical resident Dr. Abby DiMatteo’s attention. Even though there were new characters constantly being introduce, and a frequent change of scenes, the point of view was always in first person. The novel was going at a slow pace. It was going slow in the sense that it would take ages to reach the climax of a conflict, because there were other topics being introduced. And so, the conflict kept getting pushed away, until later that It was resolved. I felt like every time I turned the page I was going to be introduced into something new, and would have to wait a while to reach the conclusion of the conflict. The protagonist of the novel is Dr. Abby DiMatteo. She is the one that is mainly involved in most of the things going on both in and out of the hospital. Abby is also the one that investigates and out the things going on behind all the hospital’s organ transplants; therefore, being the center of attention. The antagonist of the novel is the whole transplant team. The transplant team did not only try to murder Abby multiple times because she knew too much, but they also set her up for supposed murder and sued her multiple times. All this ended up giving Abby a bad name and eventually getting her fired. The mayor conflict in the novel was that the transplant team kept on killing innocent people for their organ, to then basically sell them to the highest bidder. The worst part being that absolutely no one knows about this whole system that has being going on for years. One of the best characters in the novel is Vivian. Even if she is at the risk of losing her career, that doesn’t discourage her from accomplishing her dream. If I could change anything from the novel I would change the ending. The ending didn’t satisfy me at all. I wanted to know what happened to all those people in the ship and especially what happened to the kids. That would be the only part of the novel that I would wish could get changed. Over all I really enjoyed this novel it really intrigued me from beginning to end. I would recommend this novel to my mom, because she, as well as me, is interested in books that have to deal with crime/mystery.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A fast paced medical mystery ride.