The Wrong Road Home

Ian A. O’Connor
Pegasus Publishing & Entertainment Group (2016)
ISBN 9780692569658
Reviewed by Carol Hoyer for Reader Views (8/17)

“The Wrong Road Home” by Ian A. O’Connor is an amazing story of a young man who wanted to be a doctor, and through his journey he found he couldn’t do it the legal way. This is based on the true story of Dr. Desmond Donahue.

Growing up, Dr. Donahue lived in a poor family and they often barely survived. He chose to never be poor again, and would always help his family regardless of what he had to do.

The story is well written and readers will find that regardless of what he had to do, no one could fault him. Surprisingly enough the author knew him and recounts his story.

Dr. Donahue leaves Ireland to go to America–Chicago, where he observes several doctors’ in their jobs at Cook County General Hospital. He returns to Cork to complete his studies in medicine where he finds he has to work harder than others and he finally chooses to take some shortcuts.  His friend Dr. Connolly has him believe that the documents to show his medical credentials are the only way to go, however they are false.

The author takes true life events and mixes it in with fiction to develop his story. Desmond is a wonderful person, dedicated, aggressive, and only wants to help others. This makes the readers feel sorry for him and root for him as he honestly tries to become a legal doctor. Desmond comes across many doctors who defraud the system to their own good and it becomes a battle of wills as to what to do.

The book captures readers from the first page. The characters are well developed and one has a certain amount of compassion for Desmond. As readers we cheer for the underdog and boo the villains. But who is the real villain?

What would you do in this situation? What will your emotions or values impact how you interpret this story? What would you do in this situation? In “The Wrong Road Home,” author Ian A. O’Connor has done an excellent job of asking you that throughout the story.

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