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Official Review: The Surgeon's Wife by William H. Coles

Posted: 13 Sep 2017, 15:00
by kandscreeley
[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "The Surgeon's Wife" by William H. Coles.]
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4 out of 4 stars
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Human nature has always been fascinating to me. What makes people do the things that they do? This is the type of issue that William H. Coles explores in his book The Surgeon's Wife.

Clayton Otherson is a surgeon in New Orleans who mainly does bariatric surgery. He's been making a few mistakes lately, though, forcing Mike Boudreaux to act in his capacity as Chief of Service. Dr. Otherson is a very prominent surgeon who is a forerunner in obesity surgery; he also taught and mentored Dr. Boudreaux. That makes it hard for Mike to make any decisions that might jeopardize Dr. Otherson's career. Then there is Catherine, Clayton's wife. Catherine has always been a strong woman and very active in the community. Now, though, Clayton seems to be coming unglued, and Catherine is unhappy in her marriage. Will Mike make the hard decision that ends Clayton's career? How will Clayton react if the only thing he has ever known is taken away from him? Will Catherine stick it out in her marriage for better times? Or will she walk away?

Mr. Coles is well-known for his character development, and this story is no different. If I could say anything about his work, it would be that it is very character driven. He knows the human psyche well, and his writing reflects that. His characters made me want to keep reading the novel. I had to see what would happen to them; I had no choice in the matter. I felt the pain of their losses and the happiness of their joys.

The book is just under 200 pages and makes for a quick read. The book doesn't feel short, though, as the plot is fully developed. In spite of its short length, Mr. Coles manages to fully elaborate the story as well as the characters which is a feat in and of itself. With a novel this length, oftentimes the reader is left wanting more. That is not the case here, however.

Though this book is not full of action, it does have violence and turmoil. The themes are dark and confusing as is much of humanity. Yet, the author treats this darkness in a way that doesn't have you walking away depressed. (I find that this is often the case after I watch an episode of Law and Order: SVU.) I appreciate that, as so many times when discussing human nature, it's easy to feel hopeless. Mr. Coles, though, manages to find the pinpoints of light in the darkness and bring those to the forefront.

I very much enjoyed reading The Surgeon's Wife. I found only 2 errors in the whole book, leading me to believe that it was professionally edited. That coupled with the wonderful character development leaves me with no choice but to rate this book 4 out of 4 stars. I've always said that any genre of book can be enjoyable as long as there is good character development even if it isn't your preferred genre. William H. Coles proves that over and over in his works.

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Re: Official Review: The Surgeon's Wife by William H. Coles

Posted: 14 Sep 2017, 04:49
by Miriam Molina
Is that a witch on the cover? And a theme park? I wonder what these have to do with the story.

Now, I am totally intrigued.

Thanks for the enticing review, Kandscreely!

Re: Official Review: The Surgeon's Wife by William H. Coles

Posted: 14 Sep 2017, 07:19
by kandscreeley
Thanks for commenting Miriam. I think the cover is because the setting is New Orleans. That's probably Mardi Gras on the cover and the "witch" is a voo doo practitioner (or whatever they call them... I'm not up with the terminology.)

Re: Official Review: The Surgeon's Wife by William H. Coles

Posted: 14 Sep 2017, 08:50
by CatInTheHat
I love William H. Coles' books! I've read two so far and plan to read the rest over time. Coles is in the top five of my all-time favorite authors.

Re: Official Review: The Surgeon's Wife by William H. Coles

Posted: 14 Sep 2017, 09:06
by kandscreeley
Thanks for commenting CatInTheHat. He really is a great author. His characters are just so amazing to me!

Re: Official Review: The Surgeon's Wife by William H. Coles

Posted: 14 Sep 2017, 09:24
by The Researcher
Nice review. Seems to be a nice book. I will give it a try. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

Re: Official Review: The Surgeon's Wife by William H. Coles

Posted: 14 Sep 2017, 09:31
by kandscreeley
Thanks The Researcher. It really is worth a read especially as it isn't that long.

Re: Official Review: The Surgeon's Wife by William H. Coles

Posted: 14 Sep 2017, 12:24
by geoffrey ngoima
I've always liked the psychological aspects to books,
Great review.

Re: Official Review: The Surgeon's Wife by William H. Coles

Posted: 14 Sep 2017, 12:31
by kandscreeley
Thanks again Geoffrey. It definitely takes a skilled writer to explain the human mind. :)

Re: Official Review: The Surgeon's Wife by William H. Coles

Posted: 14 Sep 2017, 21:32
by ReadingRebecca
I agree with your closing quote that any story can be good no matter the genre. Characters really do make a book. They can even make a boring plot interesting.

Re: Official Review: The Surgeon's Wife by William H. Coles

Posted: 15 Sep 2017, 07:33
by kandscreeley
Thanks ReadingRebecca. I've found that to be true many times over!

Re: Official Review: The Surgeon's Wife by William H. Coles

Posted: 15 Sep 2017, 10:26
by Gifty Naa Akushia
Great review I will go for it.

Re: Official Review: The Surgeon's Wife by William H. Coles

Posted: 15 Sep 2017, 10:29
by kandscreeley
Thanks gifty. I hope you like it!

Re: Official Review: The Surgeon's Wife by William H. Coles

Posted: 16 Sep 2017, 00:45
by Sabina G
Nice review! I agree with you: character development is so important! I wouldn't imagine what the book was going to be about by reading the title. It is not so revealing and I like it.
By the way, what do you mean by this sentence: "Mr. Coles manages to fully elaborate the story as well as the characters which is a feat in and of itself." I mean, what does "to be a feat". Sorry for my ignorance, I am not a native speaker. :oops:

Re: Official Review: The Surgeon's Wife by William H. Coles

Posted: 16 Sep 2017, 07:06
by MarisaRose
I just finished reading a different book by the same author, and unfortunately, I did not see this amazing character development that multiple reviewers have commented about. I wonder if it's just the book I chose... anyway, glad you liked this one so much.