Faith Pernitelli, MD Series: Book 2
Publication Date: January 17, 2023
It’s hard to imagine that a physician we think we know well could have an obscure dark side. We have the affirmation of our family and friends that our physician is trustworthy, competent, and our advocate. This riveting novel dares to ask: What evil can a physician inflict behind the exam room door?
New obstetric residency graduate Dr. Faith Pernitelli is settling into her career when a fellow provider is accused of taking advantage of his position. After she divulges her patients’ stories, Pernitelli discovers that doing the right thing for victims isn’t as straightforward or well received as she expects. Moreover, her Asperger’s diagnosis, which once served as a gift to her profession, is now a curse that threatens everything—including her reputation.
As relationships change during stormy efforts to do the right thing, Pernitelli must decide if fighting for the truth is worth the lies with which her adversaries retaliate. Who will stick with her when their lives are threatened in the crossfires of justice? The consequences of fighting for justice in a quiet New Mexico community are unfathomable in this intense medical thriller where powerful enemies hide the truth—no matter the human cost. The truth may not set you free after all in this riveting medical thriller from a seasoned physician author.
A new doctor faces a moral dilemma when a patient comes forward with claims of sexual abuse regarding a prominent physician.
Silent Rape marks the second installment of the Faith Pernitelli, MD series by Tony Scott, MD. Told in first person from Faith’s perspective, the book explores her determination to seek justice for the patient and others who follow.
The author’s expertise as a retired obstetrician is well demonstrated within the text. Faith, who is an OB-GYN, also happens to be pregnant. Her interactions with patients reflect realistic details.
As a mandated reporter, Faith must notify the authorities of the complaint. Not only does she receive pushback from the hospital administrator, but the alleged culprit is determined to ruin her career. As the legal challenges mount, the personal attacks ramp up.
While the story’s premise is solid, there are some areas of inconsistency. For example, in the early part of the book, it notes one of Faith’s medical school mentors suggested that she is a high-functioning autistic, which used to be called Asperger’s syndrome. She goes on to note that her slow analysis of situations torments her husband.
Despite multiple references to having a high-functioning autistic brain, there’s no real reference to an actual diagnosis. Additionally, there’s a conversation with Faith’s husband where he mentions her slowness and makes her “feel small.”
Another area that could have used more development is the relationship between Faith and Josh. On the surface, it appears he has settled in as a house husband, even taking over most of the new baby duties. If he’s such a wonderful man, then why was ice cream enough of an incentive for her to sleep with another man?
Structurally, the story is told in chronological order, but the transitions need to be smoother from day to day. For example, at the end of one chapter, Faith is talking to the IT guy about medical record photos, and the next day, she is waking up in the hospital and then gives birth.
Overall, the book needs another round of editing to clean up the structural issues as well as some glaring grammatical errors, such as HIPPA instead of HIPAA.
Silent Rape focuses on the struggle to get justice for abused patients.
Dr Tony Scott is a retired obstetrician and anesthesiologist who practiced for forty years. He currently writes medical mysteries and thrillers.
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