Genre: Mystery & Thrillers
Format: Kindle ARC
No. of Pages: 316
Date of Publication: March 8, 2023
My Rating: 4 Stars
Ambition and jealousy play second fiddle to revenge in this standalone thriller by Leslie Wolfe. A tragic event in the life of a young woman has a deep affect on the life and livelihood of a heart surgeon. There is another drama going on, and this drama is due to the actions of her husband. The surgeon is Dr. Anne Wiley and she is married to a well-respected man named Derreck who just might be the very next mayor.
However, another story is being told. Anne’s husband is having an affair with Paula, a woman who seems bound and determined to bring Anne down. While a tragic loss of life during surgery could cost Anne everything, ambition facing her husband and his lover are also at play.
The lives of these three characters are very much intertwined, although Anne is unaware of what is going on between Derreck and Paula. All Anne wants is to avoid being prosecuted and jailed for the death of the patient she recently lost. Paula has other plans, and if ruining Anne happens along the way, then that will perhaps satisfy Paula. While Derreck was a man definitely caught up in the illicit affair, loyalty comes into play. This is especially so as the career and reputation of his wife is very important to him.
While The Surgeon is an exciting thriller with multiple twists, so much so that forming opinions on the characters is easy from the very beginning, especially to the degree where you as a reader might just despise Paula as much as I did. However, I listened to this book as an audiobook that was narrated by Gwendolyn Druyor. While audiobooks is one of my favorite forms of reading, I was less than satisfied with the narration, especially when it came to the voice of Anne. I felt that she was too whiny every time the book was turned to her perspective. Maybe it was the narration, maybe it was the characterization of Anne.
Despite this one caveat, this didn’t take away from my enjoyment of this latest book by an author that I very much enjoy. I absolutely love the Kay Sharp series by Leslie Wolfe, and very much appreciated having a medical thriller as her latest book. I hope she continues to write standalone thrillers because she did a fabulous job with The Surgeon. With excellent pacing, a sad but intriguing storyline, as well as the medical aspects of this book, this was quite a compelling read.
Many thanks to Bookouture and to NetGalley for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.
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