an intensely gripping and spine-tingling medical thriller that you won’t be able to put down. A real edge-of-your-seat ride!


From the pen of Sunday Times bestselling author Michael Palmer comes this unsettling, frightening and mesmerising medical thriller that ingeniously combines an accomplished plot with authentic scientific detail. A page turner from beginning to end that fans of Michael Connelly, Peter James and Robin Cook will love.


'A keep you up all night type of book' -- ***** Reader review
'A good read from beginning to end' -- ***** Reader review
'Nail-biting, even scary at times... carefully researched and utterly credible. A very good read.' -- ***** Reader review
'I lost a lot of sleep reading this one - because I couldn't put it down!' -- ***** Reader review
'Wonderfully entertaining' -- ***** Reader review
'Enjoyed from cover to cover'-- ***** Reader review


Toby Nelms
is an ordinary 8-year-old boy who needs a routine operation. Everything seems to go well - the surgery is a success and Toby is sent home.

Months later, terror begins to take over Toby's life - he keeps on bursting into tortured screaming. He has begun to relive every moment of his operation - including the immense pain.

Neurosurgeon Zack Iverson must discover why the young boy is re-experiencing every detail of the operation.
Unsettlingly, Toby is not the only patient who is suffering this strange and horrific effect after surgery.

Iverson needs to get to the bottom of what is causing this, and find out the truth quickly, before another patient is wheeled into the Operating Room, to experience every slice of the scalpel's merciless blade for the rest of their life...

About the author

Michael Palmer

Michael Palmer, M.D., trained in internal medicine at Boston City and Massachusetts General Hospitals, spent twenty years as a full-time practitioner of internal and emergency medicine, and was an associate director of the Massachusetts Medical Society's physician health program. He wrote over ten books which were translated into thirty-five languages. He died in October 2013.
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