Gemini

Gemini

A Novel

Book - 2014
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" Gemini is an unforgettable novel--a morality tale, a mystery, and a love story that will leave readers breathless" (Maria Semple, New York Times bestselling author of Where'd You Go, Bernadette ).

As should be the case with any memorable love story, the first time Raney Remington saw Bo she hated him.

When the skinny kid from the city first arrives in her Pacific Northwest hometown, Raney doesn't quite know what to make of him. Yet her intense dislike of the know-it-all bookworm softens as Bo latches on to Raney, eager to learn about the Washington island he's been sent for the summer.

Decades later Dr. Charlotte Reese finds herself fighting to keep an unconscious ICU patient stable while also unwrapping the mystery of the unconscious woman, the victim of a hit-and-run. Consumed by questions about the woman's identity, Charlotte enlists Eric, her journalist boyfriend, to investigate. Their search for answers brings them to heartrending truths about Jane Doe―and themselves.

In beautiful interwoven storytelling, master of medical drama Carol Cassella presents two women--lifetimes apart--who face the inescapable forces shaping their lives. Filled with stunning medical detail and set against the breathtaking backdrop of the Pacific Northwest, Gemini is a vivid novel of moral complexity and emotional depth that "is just what the doctor ordered" ( People ).
Publisher: New York ; Toronto : Simon & Schuster, c2014
ISBN: 9781451627947
9781451627930
Characteristics: 341 pages ;,24 cm

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BWilsoned
Feb 22, 2015

This character-driven story centers on Renee (Raney) Remington in a small town on NW Washington's Olympic Peninsula. Narration jumps back and forth between present and past to give us Raney's life story and stays geographically local, just as Raney does. It was compelling--I wanted to find out what happened and what will happen. The conclusion is bittersweet, but satisfying.

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IrishMoon
Dec 26, 2014

I enjoyed the first 2/3 of the book, but the last 1/3 was extremely disappointing. It was as if the author had a relationship go bad while writing the book, and then changed course with the book and wrote her own pain into the book.

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Librarydog
Dec 18, 2014

While this wasn't my usual choice of book, it came highly recommended and now I know why. I was hooked from the first page! Gemini reads like a thriller, love story, and lyrically written novel, all in one. Very "shivery" in a good way. I was never impatient with how Cassella unfolded the story bit by bit, because I learned something new in every chapter. The ending was, while not precisely happy, very satisfying - much more so than a strictly happy ending. Read this book!

BhamSoccerMom Dec 17, 2014

Northwest setting (Seattle and Olympic peninsula); medicine, ethics -- a great combination. For fans of Jodi Picoult's earlier books (this is more understated than some of Picoult's latest titles).

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Jun 30, 2014

She resisted sinking into such rhetoric the night Jane Doe was whisked across Puget Sound in a medevac helicopter to Beacon Hospital’s intensive care unit, to Charlotte.

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