City Hospital: New Blood follows five trainee medics (doctors, nurses and physios) who live together as they learn about life working on the wards of a busy city hospital. Each faces their own dramas and heartbreak in the first book from the City Hospital series.
I was instantly intrigued by this book when I received an email asking me if I would like to review New Blood and be a part of the blog tour as it seemed familiar. Just a few pages I realised why, I had in fact read and enjoyed these books when they were first published so it was interesting to revisit them. Being a nurse, I am fascinated by medical fiction and literally can not get enough of it, so I was eager to get stuck in.
City Hospital follows Suzie, Mark, Karlene, Gordy and Bella; 5 trainee medics, each of whom are following a different career path, but are brought together by them both working and living together. While a few of the characters are instantly likeable, Karlene and Bella took some warming up to as found them quite difficult to become engaged with. However, each of the characters are well portrayed and developed, although I would like to know more of their back story.
While there isn’t much to go by in the way of actual medical action, this series does offer a good glimpse at the day to day life of working in a busy hospital, although the reality of working in a London hospital is quite different from my experience, especially as a student. Although there are definitely elements and experiences which rang true and made me remember my student days. City Hospital certainly has potential and is perfect for teens, with its never ending drama and interlinking and complex relationships. The writing style is very easy to read, fluent and quick, the descriptions are particularly vivid. It certainly made for an enjoyable read and I whizzed through this in one sitting, with its fast paced plot and unexpected twists and turns this is well worth a read.
Take a look here for other books by Keith Miles including book 2 of the City Hospital series – Flames.
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The “City Hospital” novels are written by Keith Miles, who has written loads of scripts and books for primetime TV and soaps. “City Hospital” is perfect for fans of shows like “Casualty” and “Holby City“. It follows the lives of five medical students – Suzie, Mark, Karlene, Gordy and Bella – who share a house, and the ups and downs of working in a busy teaching hospital. Each novel mixes their own personal dramas with patients’ stories. The series was a huge hit in print, and is now being reissued as ebooks for the first time.
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