I received a gifted galley of DOCTORS AND FRIENDS by Kimmery Martin for an honest review. Thank you to Berkley Publishing Group and Let’s Talk Books Promo for the opportunity to read and review!
Publication Date: 11/9/2021
Rating: 4.5 / 5
DOCTORS AND FRIENDS begins with a group of women, close knit friends taking an annual trip overseas together. What they don’t know in the planning is that the world is about to be hit with a terrible and terrifying new disease that will hit close to home for all of them. They met in medical school, so have a bit more understanding of what is beginning to happen than the average citizen, but even they are shocked when they witness one of the early cases first hand.
Soon the world is being hit hard, hospitals are overwhelmed and the population lives in fear. The story follows three of the friends in alternating points of view. Kira is a mother and an infectious diseases doctor with a specialty in this type of disease. Compton works in the ER in New York, one of the cities hit hardest first in the U.S. Hannah is an ob-gyn desperate to have a child of her own. Each of these women will have impossible decisions and terrible hurdles in their path as they balance work, family and friendships.
So this sounds a lot like Covid, right? Well, the eerie part is that this was written before Covid. The disease is not the same and things progress differently in some ways, but the way her predictions mirrored what actually wound up happening are pretty astounding. I loved this book, but I do urge caution if you’re not quite ready for a Covid-ish story just yet.
I loved the women at the center of this story. Their friendships reminded me of some of the people in my own life – travels with friends in the past and the Zoom happy hours in more recent days. The author did a great job of giving each woman her own personality and also fitting them all together as a cohesive group. I loved seeing that support network in play as the women faced difficult circumstances.
This is a book that will need tissues at hand, but it kept me hooked throughout! Kimmery Martin has been on my want to read list for a while and this absolutely solidifies my need to get into her backlist!
DOCTORS AND FRIENDS is available now!