Please note, I was not compensated for this review but was provided a complimentary copy.
One of my favorite things is NURSE AUTHORS. I’ve begun reading books written by fellow nurses and will review them from time to time on the blog. Below is my review of a book by a nurse author, Susan Allison-Dean.
I Know You’re There by Susan Allison-Dean is about a nurse’s journey through a life-changing accident after working a double shift, against her better judgment (a little too familiar, huh?). In addition to going from being a nurse to a patient, Jill must face a devastating diagnosis given to her mother. Jill then decides to leave it all behind by going on an impulse vacation, where she meets a man named Bane (no, no not the guy with the terrifying mask and voice in Batman) and the adventure further ensues.
Clearly the author is a nurse, because the chapters in the beginning where Jill is unconscious, but aware of what’s going on around her, is all too real for this neuro nurse. I always wonder what my unconscious patients can understand around them.. and this really got me thinking about what they must be going through. It was also a little unnerving seeing a tragic, yet very realistic, situation play out for a bedside nurse.
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I would have loved to see more character development with Jill, diving deeper into each major life situation that she experienced. I felt myself left wanting.. wanting to know more about her experiences and relationships as she walks through each life-altering event after life-altering event. It was interesting to see the author’s take on what heaven is like, as we all often wonder, and as I see patients pass before my very eyes. I very much appreciated her interpretation and it was enjoyable to read and imagine. I also enjoyed the various, and very accurate, references to nursing. (Almost too real!)
This is a sweet and quick read for a plane ride, vacation, beach or car trip.
Yay nurse authors!