[From the publisher] Dr. Charlotte Reese works in the intensive care unit of Seattle’s Beacon Hospital, tending to patients with the most life-threatening illnesses and injuries. Her job is to battle death — to monitor erratic heartbeats, worry over low oxygen levels, defend against infection and demise.
One night a Jane Doe is transferred to her care from a rural hospital on the Olympic Peninsula. This unidentified patient remains unconscious, the victim of a hit and run. As Charlotte and her team struggle to stabilize her, the police search for the driver who fled the scene.
Days pass, Jane’s condition worsens, and her identity remains a mystery. As Charlotte finds herself making increasingly complicated medical decisions that will tie her forever to Jane’s fate, her usual professional distance evaporates. She’s plagued by questions: Who is Jane Doe? Why will no one claim her? Who should decide her fate if she doesn’t regain consciousness — and when?
For such a long summary (I left out half of it), I found this book lacking. I enjoyed it, sure. But I didn’t enjoy it as much as wanted to. It was exciting, yet predictable. What I did enjoy was how Cassella developed the intertwine in relationships between characters, and she did a good job of alternating between past and present (something I usually hate in novels).
TL;DR: Fans of love stories and medicine might like this one. Otherwise I think it was over-hyped when it was released.