4 out of 4 stars
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The Surgeon's Wife is a book that starts off as just another story of several medical practioners whose lives are intertwined in their daily hustles of making other people's lives better either by way of medicine or surgical procedures. However, as the author delves deep into these doctors' lives, it turns out to be a really interesting read as most of the people in the book have quite a dramatic lifestyle both in their line of work and in their personal lives outside of the hospital.
Clayton Otherson is a surgeon who trained Mike and has been his professor and mentor since Mike joined training in the same hospital where Clayton is a surgeon. Clayton has had a very good career during his early practice days and is the kind of guy who doesn't want to accept the reality of what time can do even to the best of us. He is now aged and his surgical procedures rarely go without him making errors which in some cases even results in loss of lives. During one of these erroneous procedures Mike is summoned to intervene in a case where Clayton was unable to stop a patient from bleeding to death. As Mike enters the theatre, he looks around to see Clayton hunched and bent over on the OR table trying to look like he is in control but in reality he is totally at a loss on what to do next. Knowing very well that this is a matter of life or death, Mike takes over immediately after putting on gloves and is able to save the patient from dying much to the delight of the resident assistant but, to the chagrin of Clayton who feels like Mike is trying to prove to everyone around that Clayton is now becoming obsolete.
Where previously these two were very good friends, things start to turn and what unfolds is a very dramatic climax which only gets worse due to the fact that Clayton's wife, Catherine, ends up falling in love with Mike. Catherine has been married to Clayton for years now and they have a teenage daughter. Due to the pressure at work and the stubborn nature of Clayton, things at home are also not going well for him and his wife Catherine is only just but trying to maintain their marriage which she feels like it ended a long time ago. They rarely do what normal couples do and this is one of the reasons why Catherine ends up in the arms of Mike who is single and lonely. Though adamant at first, Mike was unable to resist Catherine's advances and the two end up having an affair.
Will Clayton find out about his wife's affair with Mike? Will he finally retire from active surgical procedures or will he continue to endanger his patients' lives? These and many more questions get answered in this very captivating, realistic and very interesting book. Once you start to read it you will not want to put it down as the author does a very good job of bringing out the best and worst of human characteristics in the way that most of the characters in the book portray. The author also manages to conclude the story in a way that very few authors out there are capable of doing and again I can only say that one needs to read it to find out how it all ends.
I hereby rate this book 4 out of 4 stars and would recommend it to everyone who loves dramatic suspense coupled with the realities of life and the tough decisions which we all must make at some point in our lives. The book also seems to be professionally edited as I could only spot not more than 4 errors. I look forward to reading the next one from William H. Coles.
The Surgeon's Wife
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