Disturbingly good

January 2, 2012

Do No Harm, by Carol Topolski (Fig Tree, RRP $40):

Everyone knows about Virginia: about her stellar reputation as a gynaecologist; about her commitment to her women patients.

But does anyone know about the knives?

Everyone knows about Faisal too: about his gentle charm and his delight in his family; about his brilliance in the operating theatre.

But does anyone know he’s a traitor?

And Gilda – everyone knows about Gilda: knows that she never poops a party; that she struts about town with her cackling posse; that she’s a loyal friend.

But does anyone know about the rubber?

Author Carol Topolski goes behind the busy routine of a hospital to build a dark, compelling portrait of a good, upright life going horribly wrong.

Topolski’s disturbing debut novel – Monster Love – was long listed for the Orange prize back in 2008 and this latest novel is every bit as good, and every bit as disturbing.

A good, juicy read that will leave you feeling a little creeped out. Recommended.


Jillian Allison-Aitken

I come from the other land down under, where men are men, and sheep are nervous. I'm a sub-editor and in the past have been a proof-reader, news editor and web editor. I am also an ex-columnist, and book and software reviewer for the local daily newspaper.I still read. A lot. And surf the web. Also a lot.You'll find a little about both of those pastimes here, and on By George.

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