Doc Doc Zeus
A Novel of White Coat Crime
by Thomas Keech
Narrated by Maggie Ross
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Pub Date 01 Sep 2023 | Archive Date 04 Jan 2024
Real Nice Books, Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA), Members' Audiobooks
“A complex, multilayered, and psychologically acute tale about a predatory physician: well done.”
Still mourning the baby she gave away a year before, and feeling distant from her parents, her old friends, and her church, sixteen-year-old Diane believes she has found a supportive friend and lover in her gynecologist, Dr. Zeus. She confides only in an old acquaintance, Woody, who reserves judgment about the affair even as he tries to keep her from taking the opiates that Dr. Zeus continually prescribes.
Zeus’s marriage deteriorates as his wife, Elena, gradually realizes the depths of her husband’s depravity. But she is still shocked at the psychological damage he is willing to inflict on their twelve-year-old daughter to gain an advantage over her in the divorce proceedings.
The state medical board has suspicions about Dr. Zeus, but the official inquiry inches forward only very slowly. Dave, the new investigator assigned to the case, is jealous of the accomplishments of his wealthy girlfriend. He begins to take shortcuts to bring the investigation to a head and prove to himself that his life is as meaningful as hers.
“Diane comes across as both real and confused, which is absolutely perfect.”
The BookLife Prize.
“The plot moves with energy, building toward a dramatic but believable conclusion. It’s hugely satisfying watching the efforts of Dave and his team as they try to expose Zeus’s lies.”
- Kirkus Reviews
A Note From the Publisher
“With Zeus, Keech draws a remarkably accurate picture of an especially dangerous form of sociopath–not the serial killer of the public imagination but a white-coated, well-educated, and highly respected doctor. ... The plot moves with energy, building toward a dramatic but believable conclusion. It’s hugely satisfying watching the efforts of Dave and his team as they try to expose Zeus’s lies.”
- Kirkus Reviews
|9 Hours, 45 Minutes
Available on NetGalley
Average rating from 24 members
This novel is about Dr. Zeus Hartwick, a narcissist, who takes advantage of young vulnerable women and gets them hooked on drugs. Zeus ruins many people's lives, his wife and young child, Diane, the girls who this story is about and other similar patients, to name a few. The story is written from the perspective of Dr. Zeus, Diane, the young 14 year old that he is taking advantage of and David, a new investigator at the Board of Medicine. The story is horrific and sad, and happens in real life quite often. It details how Diane is exploited by Zeus and how she becomes addicted to the drugs he gives her.
After complaints about him are received at the Board of Medicine and an investigation is conducted, Zeus finally gets his comeuppance.
The narrator did an excellent job.
Thanks to NetGalley for the ARC of this book.
ARC audiobook provided in exchange for an honest review.
Maggie Ross does a great job with the narration on this book! She handles all the characters extremely well and has a soothing and easy to listen to voice. The story has many triggers and can be quite controversial. I found it all very interesting and entertaining but I hate that these types of stories can easily be real and happen far too often. I really felt for the young girl that trusted and fell for the doctor and hope people will educate themselves to these dangers. I would recommend to anyone who is alright with lots of triggers and likes bad doctor stories.
This truly is a good read! I am grateful to Net Galley and the publisher for the opportunity to listen to the audiobook in exchange for my honest review.
A true white coat crime, this book captured my attention very quickly. From the description, I knew before I started it would be a big story to unfold and I pondered whether I would be enthralled or disappointed - since I work in the healthcare field it could have gone either way. I am so glad it was the latter!
The author does an impressive job of weaving the pints of view of Diane (the impressionable young teen), Zeus (the narcissistic doctor) and David (the idealistic investigator for the state medical board). The character of Woody (Diane’s quiet, but extremely faithful friend) is probably my favorite and actually left wanting him featured a bit more - but I think the author designed it that way. They are all really interesting characters and I became invested in their stories quickly.
I definitely recommend Doc Doc Zeus for good read or listen!
I’m more than happy to recommend this audiobook which had me enthralled from the beginning to the end. I love it when characters in books make me like them even despite feeling frustrated with some of their decisions and Diane was such a character. You do have to remember she’s very young so not the best judge of others. Actually all the characters are very well developed and either very likeable of extremely easy to hate.
The plot is tense when it needs to be and well paced throughout. Rounded off by a great ending.