4 out of 4 stars
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William H. Coles in his book The Surgeon's wife depicts how small things can end badly if not attended to in time. The story is centered around Clayton Otherson, he is married to Catherine. He is a trained surgeon, from a good family background and well connected in the society. He has mentored many doctors including Mike Boudreaux his partner. He has a good life until a chain of events, first at work, then with friends and finally at home which pushes him to become violent. His violence leads to his tragic death and that of his estranged wife.
Clayton Otherson’s line of specialty is surgery for weight loss. This has been promoted well, and the hospital has received good revenue from it. Clayton’s problems started at work, all the operations he had conducted on patients had ended up badly. It is unthinkable, how a doctor of his caliber, would seem unable to make the right choices to save his patients’ life. His work performance has been on the decline. His operation on Hellen Rappaport left her weak, she died a few days later. Her death led to suspension his license to practice medicine. Clayton expected his incompetence to be covered up and he blamed Mike for not doing enough to help.
Things take turn for the worst when Clayton learns that his wife is having an affair with Mike. This aggravates his anger and makes him irrational. He visits a brothel where he meets a young girl named Ruthie. The two quarrel and Clayton beats her badly. The owner of the brothel, Madeleine shoots Clayton on the leg to save Ruthie. Clayton lives a disgruntled life blaming everybody for his predicament. He blames his father in-law and calls him a cheat, and his wife a whore. He doubts whether Mellissa is his biological daughter. He stalks Catherine on several occasions, this made her afraid to an extend of buying a gun for protection.
Iris, Catherine’s mother had a stroke which later she succumbed to. She never got proper medical care on time. Clayton attended her funeral service with the intention of killing both his wife and her lover Mike. He succeeded in shooting Catherine dead, as he aimed to shoot Mike, Mellissa shot him dead using her mother’s gun. Both the surgeon and his wife died on the same day. Catherine never lived long to realize her dream of divorcing Clayton and marrying Mike.
What I liked about the book is how the author brought out the story of love, marriage and materialism. Many people choose spouses for their children, sometimes the only factor they consider is their own material gain. Gabe, Catherine’ s father did his best to ensure that Catherine got married to Clayton, all he wanted was to improve his economic status at the expense of her daughter’s happiness.
I would rate the book 4 out of 4 stars. This is an intriguing story. It is educative, simple rule to a happy marriage is that it is founded on love and not on materialistic things.
I would recommend the book to all who love fiction books, those who love reading will find this book interesting.
The Surgeon's Wife
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