Before my world came crashing down, I had it all. The successful career I dreamed of. The beautiful red-brick home where I could relax in front of the fire. The handsome, devoted husband whose blue eyes and charming smile always made me feel safe.
As I call time of death, my voice is steady. My colleagues stand hushed around me, their eyes on me, confused, concerned.
I have never lost a patient until today.
My hands tremble inside their gloves. I slide down the cold tiled walls, my heart racing in my chest.
I have never hated a patient until today.
But what choice did I have, once I recognized him?
And what will I do to protect myself, if someone learns the truth?
The Sexy Nerd's Review. . .
Dr. Anne Wiley is a heart surgeon and was sought after by many patients for her outstanding record of never losing a patient, which was unheard of for the type of risky surgery she performs. With billboards all around town displaying her skill and respect, on this particular morning, something went horribly wrong. For Dr. Wiley’s unblemished record has now become blemished. Say it isn’t so?!
The good doctor lost her first patient today. Not only does this come as a shock to her, but to her staff as well. Some of them felt she called time of death way too quickly. Some thought she wasn’t all there mentally this day. No matter what anyone thought, Dr. Wiley was heartbroken (pardon the pun) that she had lost a patient. She went over everything before his surgery. All the prep work was spot on and there just isn’t any way that this man should be dead before her. But here he lies on the table, chest splayed wide open with a still heart. Not one thump or bump from it. What could have gone wrong?
It was at that exact moment that Dr. Wiley did something that she had never done in her entire career. She looked behind the curtain to see the patient she had lost. At that precise moment, Dr. Wiley knew this patient’s death might not have been an accident. Hmm, readers, we now have ourselves a story line to sink our eyes into. Or so I thought?
Ooook, from what I just wrote, this sounds like a pretty darn good story, and in most cases it would have been but here are the problems I had with it. First off, there was entirely too many repetitive situations. Once the story was laid out for the reader, there really wasn’t any reason to continually beat the reader’s head with it over and over and over. That nearly grated on my nerves. I understood Dr. Wiley was upset over having lost her first patient, but did we need several chapters outlining how horrible she felt? Once I got what she was feeling, it was time to move on, but unfortunately, Wolfe held us there a bit too long for my tastes.
There were a few other things I didn’t like with this story, but in order for me to tell you this, I’d have to give spoilers and I would never do that. The best I can offer is you’d have to read it for yourself.
Overall, this wasn't a bad story. Did I find this book "unputdownable." No! I put this down quite a few times, especially when it began to bore me. I did, however, love the premise and it had a pretty decent good foundation. I just got tired of the repeats of certain instances that, to me, were overly excessive and grated on my nerves.
The Sexy Nerd gives The Surgeon three more tries to get it right! As I stated, this wasn’t a bad read. It works up pretty quickly and is fast moving, but there were sections where I found myself almost falling asleep because it lagged and became boring to me. I did have to skip the repetitive occurrences within the story. After I got past those things, my reading rhythm worked out just fine. Until next time, Nerds, you know what to do!