Book Review “Where Death Is A Hunter” by Christopher Stookey

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Hannah Fâtier is a thirty-two-year-old physician fresh out of residency training. She’s just started her first job as an anesthesiologist at Deaconess Hospital in San Francisco, she’s bought a new home, and she’s engaged to be married.

In short, life is good for Hannah–until, one morning at work, tragedy strikes. A patient under her care dies unexpectedly during a routine operation. An investigation into the case reveals the cause of death to be a basic medical error committed by Hannah. Wracked with guilt, Hannah falls into a malaise of depression and self-reproach. Yet the more she ponders her alleged “error,” the more she realizes that something about the way her patient died doesn’t add up. Digging deeper into the records of the case, Hannah discovers a number of puzzling inconsistencies. She begins to suspect that someone has framed her for a medical mistake she never made. But who would do such a thing and why? And, more importantly, if there was no medical error, then why did her patient really die that morning on the operating table?

Where Death Is a Hunter is a medical mystery dealing with hospital death, betrayal, one doctor’s self-doubt, and the search for redemption.


I am going to go ahead and give a disclaimer…..

Make sure you have plenty of time to read this book in one sitting. I have 2 kids and I read it right until I finished it. I read it while making my kids breakfast..and snacks….and lunch.

It’s that good. You won’t want to look away.

This book moves fast but isn’t lacking in anything. The characters are vibrant and memorable. The settings are wonderfully explained and easily imagined. The mystery is cleverly plotted and not easy to figure out. 

I was suspecting two people towards the end but, neither one of them was the culprit. I am usually very good at figuring out the who dun it part of a mystery but this book had me suspicious of everyone. They all seemed shady.

I knew from the first that the author was a Dr so I was expecting some medical jargon. I was pleasantly surprised. While there is some jargon, it was not at all overwhelming and fit perfectly within the confines of the story. If anything, it helped bring more realism to the story. Perfect balance.

I was expecting a Dr House type story where the meat of the book is about the illness that was the untimely demise of the patient. While the patient does meet her death…..it’s not all the story is about. That was refreshing.

The ending was perfect. Although, I wish Hannah would of found someone of her own. She deserves it after all she has gone through.

I absolutely loved where she chose to work after everything is said and done. I think just that simple decision spoke volumes of her personality.

I would recommend this book to anyone. It’s a fantastic read that I can easily see gracing every best seller list from here to the furthest reaches of the galaxy. Yes, the whole galaxy. Alien’s would love this book….that’s how good it is.

I give this book the full five stars!

5 stars

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The Technical Data:

Title: Where Death Is A Hunter | Author(s): Christopher Stookey |

Publisher: Silver Leaf Books / Publication Date: 6-15-2015 |Pages: 278 (Paperback) | ISBN: 9781609751005 | Genre(s): Thriller / Medical Mystery  |Language:English | Rating: 5 out of 5 |  Date Read: 2-4-2016 | Source: Copy from Author

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