4 out of 4 stars
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The Surgeon’s Wife by William H. Coles
The Surgeon’s Wife depicts human nature in the given circumstance. It’s truly interesting to know, how people behave in different situations. It has powerful, engaging, and realistic characters which leave the readers intrigued throughout.
The story starts off with Clayton Otherson, an aristocrat and senior doctor at a New Orleans hospital, who is an acclaimed surgeon in the field of bariatric surgery for the obese patients. Though a competent surgeon, of late, showed impairment and followed loose patient indications that resulted in patient damage and mortality. Clayton’s junior surgeon, Mike Boudreaux whom he had mentored, often helped him to come out of the criticisms and the legal bindings of the hospital.
Clayton, not ready to admit his mistakes, continues in the same state, making the hospital staff and patients anxious. He was blamed for advising bariatric surgery to young patients for weight loss which was unnecessary. Many times, the patients suffered the after-effects of the surgery and diminished quality of life; though enormous money flowed into the hospital because of the surgeries.
On the other hand, Mike was level-headed, ethical, and caring. Clayton’s wife, after undergoing unpleasant situations in the house with Clayton, started liking Mike. Astonishingly, Mike reciprocated for her love. Clayton gets extremely disturbed by his wife’s love affair and the hostile environment in the hospital. His rebellious teenage daughter went to live with her boyfriend. Though wealthy, Clayton was deprived of family and professional life. This made Clayton aggressive, igniting criminal tendencies to destroy others whom he disliked.
Coles artistically depicts the tension in the lives of people who hold prominent careers. They work out hard to satisfy the demands of both their private and professional lives. The emotions in the story, the example being, the doctors trying to stick together to protect one of their colleagues, even at the risk of patients’ lives; stand out as a general human reaction to the circumstance. The way the surgeons’ wives and female doctors are treated and the less prominence awarded to them, shows sexism.
There are many relaxed, romantic, and caring scenes in the plot, that keep the readers engaged throughout. Ultimately, the story ends with Clayton killing himself and his wife by shooting with his gun.
I like William Cole’s books. He is a great award-winning author who writes realistically. He has a flair for word flow. He chooses apt words, sentences, and conversations for his story. He has a unique and appealing character development style. His way of describing the ambiance is fantastic. The Surgeon’s Wife is loaded with suitable emotions, reactions, and consequences. It has an in-depth plot and many fascinating scenes. I believe this book is surely a treat to the readers.
Though there are a few grammars and formatting errors, they could easily be edited. They are not prominent and pose no harm for the reading pleasure. This is a quick read; has only 180 pages. There is no dragging the story. The cover page is beautiful, colorful, and relevant. In view of the above, gladly, I like to award this intriguing novel 4 out of 4 stars. I recommend this to the general public. This book is for the humanity, as it upholds morality, soft feelings, and concern for the fellow beings; a good read for all genres and age groups.
The Surgeon's Wife
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