The Surgeon by Leslie Wolfe

Posted on March 14, 2023 by Nadene @ Totally Addicted to Reading in Reviews / 7 Comments

The Surgeon by Leslie Wolfe delivered a suspenseful and twisted thriller. It tells the story of a surgeon and the Assistant State Attorney determined to take her down. Revenge, jealousy and blind ambition drive the plot of this exciting tale.


The Surgeon by Leslie WolfeTitle: The Surgeon
Author(s): Leslie Wolfe
Published by Bookouture on March 8, 2023
Pages: 316
Genre(s): Psychological Thriller
Source: Netgalley
Format: eArc
Purchase: Amazon
Rating: One StarOne StarOne StarOne Star

Trusted surgeon. Loving wife. Murderer?
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?

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The Surgeon introduces, cardiothoracic surgeon, Dr. Ann Wiley. Despite it occurring years ago, she still has yet to come to terms with the loss of her sister. Caught up in her career and the grief from the loss of her sister, she fails to notice the raising of the many red flags relating to her cheating husband. Derreck is a successful lawyer and seeks to become the next Mayor.

Now it so happens the woman Derreck cheated on Ann with is the same woman who is determined to bring her down, Assistant State Attorney Paula Fuselier. She waits patiently in the wings for the perfect opportunity. An opportunity which came when Anne lost her first patient in the middle of a surgical procedure.

Now Anne has no clue as to the reason the Assistant State Attorney was gunning for her. Also, she’s unaware of Derreck’s relationship with the woman. Her main concern, avoid prosecution and possible jail time.

While reading, the question at the forefront of my mind was, what was Paula’s real reason for the blatant hatred of Anne? I figure it had to be more than jealousy. The further I went into the story, the more it proved my theory. Revenge played a major role in her plan to destroy Anne.

Honestly, I couldn’t stand the characters. Anne, although a successful surgeon, behaved like someone without sense. For someone trying to avoid prosecution, she did some questionable things throughout the story. Also, her constant whining didn’t help. From the beginning, one recognized Paula’s viciousness. I had no trouble disliking her and discovering the reasons for her actions did little to change my mind about her. Don’t get me started with Derreck. Selfish doesn’t even begin to describe him. Everything he did was to save his own skin.

Leslie Wolfe created an intriguing story which contained a few twists and some surprising revelations that increased the level of the story’s enjoyment. This is the first book I have read by the author, and I look forward to reading more of her work.


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About Leslie Wolfe

Leslie Wolfe is a bestselling author whose novels break the mold of traditional thrillers. She creates unforgettable, brilliant, strong women heroes who deliver fast-paced, satisfying suspense backed up by extensive background research in technology and psychology. Her novels have a consistent presence in genre bestselling lists and a solid sales track record, with more than a million copies sold. Her bestselling series include the Detective Kay Sharp series, the Tess Winnett series, the Baxter & Holt series, and the Alex Hoffmann series.

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7 responses to “The Surgeon by Leslie Wolfe

  1. What a interesting review here! I am sorry to hear about the character aspects though. I really struggle with heroines that act like this, I need my heroines to be above board in their behavior and if its not, needs to be written in a way its relatable.

    Great review!

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