Reviews of Under the Knife

“An engrossing story about revenge, grief, technology and hospital practices. The suspense level is high…[Parsons] is well underway to becoming one of the top authors in the medical thriller genre.”

Associated Press

“A heart-pounding medical thriller that will have readers on the edge of their seats up to the very last page…a top-class thriller…the characters leap off the page.”

“Tops the charts in both suspense and horror…Kelly Parsons has hit yet another home run.”

Suspense Magazine

Reviews of Doing Harm

“This spine-chilling medical thriller has so many twists and turns, you may feel compelled to finish it in one sitting…whip-smart…the start of an impressive new career.”

Shore News Today

“…a suspenseful story, complete with heart-stopping (as it were) medical scenarios.”

The Star-Ledger

“[This] highly entertaining debut delves deep into the ethics and competitiveness of the medical profession…DOING HARM starts strong and never loses its momentum throughout the energetic plot infused with an intriguing look at modern medicine.”

Orlando Sun Sentinel/McClatchy Wire

“This spectacular debut is a real nail-biter with startling revelations that build suspense throughout.”

RT Book Reviews

“With a deft initial setup reminiscent of Grisham’s The Firm, urologist Parsons’s strong first novel paints a picture of the competitive, ego-driven realm of a world-class teaching hospital and the kind of personalities that thrive there…The attention to detail keeps the action chillingly plausible…”

Publisher’s Weekly

“This skillfully wrought debut gets high marks for building tension to a breathtaking climax.”

Library Journal (☆ starred review)

“[Doing Harm] certainly provides a dramatic view of hospital procedures in and out of the surgical suite. And once Steve finds out the identity of the ruthless killer, the pace picks up nicely, providing readers who like Robin Cook and Michael Palmer with incentive to add Parsons to their must-read lists.”


“The intense and dramatic descriptive medical scenes along with the detailed machinations of the antiheroine deems this narrative a page turner…Powerfully depicted, this spine-tingling and shocking novel is one medical thriller readers will thoroughly enjoy.”

NY Journal of Books

Articles & Blog Coverage

USA Today: Book thrillers with inescapable settings
“If hospitals already give you the heebie jeebies, we recommend skipping Kelly Parsons’ gripping read of a killer loose in those white, sanitized walls. Poised for a coveted position, chief resident Steve Mitchell’s life turns into a nightmare when his patient mysteriously dies. Facing suspicion, he races to uncover the truth behind the sociopath who’s killing his way through Boston’s University Hospital.” Read more…

Campaign for the American Reader: What is Kelly Parsons reading?
“As a medical thriller author, some folks are surprised to learn that I rarely read them. There are many fine medical thrillers. But my tastes are eclectic, and for inspiration I draw regularly from a diversity of genres: contemporary fiction, literary fiction, thrillers, science fiction, fantasy and nonfiction.” Read more…

Writers Read: Kelly Parsons
“Kelly Parsons is a board-certified urologist with degrees from Stanford University, University of Pennsylvania, and Johns Hopkins, and he is on the faculty at the University of California San Diego. He lives with his family in Southern California. Doing Harm is his first novel.” Read more…

San Diego Union Tribune: People to watch in 2014
“They are leading their fields and developing new ones, rewriting the rules and even writing a first novel. Together they’ll move this region forward in 2014…” Read more…

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