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Sometimes People Die

By: Simon Stephenson
Narrated by: Greg Miller Burns
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Summary

The year is 1999. Returning to practice after a suspension for stealing opioids, a young Scottish doctor takes the only job he can find: a post as a senior house officer in the struggling east London hospital of St Luke’s.

Amid the maelstrom of sick patients, over-worked staff and underfunded wards a darker secret soon declares itself: too many patients are dying.

Which of the medical professionals our protagonist has encountered is behind the murders? And can our unnamed narrator’s version of the events be trusted?

©2022 Simon Stephenson (P)2022 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic reviews

"Sometimes People Die blew me away and cost me a night's sleep as I read it on tenterhooks. Both a revelatory glimpse into the rigours and strains of medicine and a thrilling piece of entertainment, this astounding novel announces the arrival of a new Michael Crichton for the zeitgeist." (Ken Bruen, author of The Guards)

"In Stephenson, Vonnegut may have his first true protégé." (Washington Post)

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Loved this!

I'd been struggling to find a book that captured me but this one certainly did from the outset!

The narrator's accent was spot on for the lead character, gave it all a bit of a Trainspotting edge. This is a dark and thought provoking story with a lot of underlying humour. Kept me hooked until the very end 👍🏻

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The Best book I have listened to this year

I loved this book, the narrator had the perfect voice for the main Character,
Very different from most Crime books, at first just like listening to a biography then gets darker and lots of twists.
I think it must be very hard to come up with new plots in this genre but this was different and fascinating
I am immediately going to look for more work by this author

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Brilliant

Gripping to the end
We’ll written & read
Shame I’ve come to the end
Hopefully he’s writing another book

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Great story with a good plot. great narrator once I got used to his style

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Good story, great narrator

The detachment of the story teller keeps you guessing till the end. Good twist; great characterisation.

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couldn't stop listening

Gripping whodunnit, with fascinating insight into the world of medicine/hospitals. Beautifully read. Highly recommend.

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Brilliant

Thoroughly enjoyed the twists, turns , medical details and facts in this book. The flawed and sensitive main character of the story was masterly.
The Scottish voice of the reader added to the authenticity.

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Brilliant

Loved this exciting and emotive book. Very realistic, good characterisation and insightful. Very well read too!

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Ring of truth

I really thought this book was a great one - i knew who the killer would be from the start (i have read too much crime :p) but it did not matter and i liked the twists which still kept me on my toes and oddly i am not sure that guessing the identity of the killer was really the point (or rather the fact that i did get it right and instinctively did from the start did so did not diminish my interest in the story at all)

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a must read

loved it from start to finish. found I was disappointed it didn't go on longer.