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Trapped (Brier Hospital Series)

by Lawrence Gold

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If you feel like reading a powerful and emotional book about strong characters that manage to overcome some of the most difficult situations one can imagine, then “Trapped” by Lawrence Gold is the right novel for you. As a physician, Lawrence Gold succeeds in presenting the medical scene in a realistic, yet fascinating way, and this is one of the reasons why his novels are highly appreciated. Those who love to read stories that have hospitals as the main setting will find “Trapped” truly interesting and gripping, but also heart-wrenching due to the topics it discusses: the locked-in syndrome, the horrible diseases some people have to struggle with, and the ethical issues that arise especially in intensive care.

Mike Cooper is the director of the Neonatal ICU, and Lisa Cooke is a pediatric nurse. At first, they don’t get along very well because Mike reminds Lisa of her father, an abusive man who almost destroyed her and her passive mother’s lives. Eventually, though, they fall in love and get married. Everything works great between them, and they seem to have the perfect marriage, except that Lisa is unable to have children. After trying everything and failing, they accept the fact that their wish may never be fulfilled. To make things worse, Mike suffers a terrible automobile accident which leaves him injured in the most horrible way: after nearly dying, he ends up with locked-in syndrome, which is a medical condition where the patient is conscious, but completely unable to move anything other than his eyes.

Soon after her husband’s accident, Lisa finds out that she is pregnant, but she knows she is not going to have an easy pregnancy. As an experienced nurse, she understands the seriousness of her case, and she knows she has to fight to keep her baby alive until it is born. Moreover, she has problems with Mike’s parents, and the fact that he is suffering of the locked-in syndrome simply devastates her. With Lisa, the author has managed to create a strong and believable character that readers will easily relate to. No matter how difficult life is, she will never give up because she knows she is fighting for her baby and her husband. Because she had a horrible childhood, now Lisa is determined to build a strong and happy family for herself, just like she would have liked to have from the beginning.

“Trapped” is a very special novel that will keep readers engaged by bringing up many thought-provoking issues. For instance, Lawrence Gold also brings into discussion the fact that the practice of medicine often implies problem patients and malpractice threats that doctors and nurses have to deal with. This is not only a book about love, family, and tragedy, but it is also a story that challenges the readers to ask themselves certain questions and think outside the box.

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