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The Doctor's Wife

3.45 of 5 stars 3.45  ·  rating details  ·  5,349 ratings  ·  831 reviews

“Appearances are deceiving in this psychological thriller . . . a compelling read.”— The Boston Globe

“The memory starts here, in my apron pocket, with the gun.”

So begins The Doctor's Wife, a stunning debut novel about four people and the cataclysmic intersection of their lives. Michael is a rising OB/GYN at a prominent private practice in Albany, New York; he also moon

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Published August 5th 2010 by Penguin Group (USA) (first published January 1st 2004)
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Laura
I actually find it funny that some people hated this book because they found the pro-life/anti-choice characters to be "too extreme" and took offense on the basis that "not all those who stand on the right of this issue are psychotic maniacs." Well, duh. Of course they aren't.

But this book isn't about the ones who aren't. And why not? Because run-of-the-mill ordinary pro-lifers don't make for very interesting fiction. (Neither, for that matter, do run-of-the-mill ordinary pro-choicers). They ha...more
Jessica
I know that this is just my opinion, and others are free to disagree, but I found this book nothing but trash. I found it to be very pro-choice and liberal, with Republicans potrayed as rude, ridiculous, religious bigots, and pro-life people potrayed as crazy and violent. The entire book is simply distateful; while the writing is well done, it is clear this author has an agenda (pro-choice), and the plot itself serves only to reiterate this purpose. To quote another reviewer, tough customer, fro...more
Sarah
After reading the reviews posted here I was worried that I was not going to like this book. So many people gave one or two stars, and didn't have much good to say about it.

Needless to say, I loved it. I thought it was fantastic and did not want to put it down. I was sad when it was over and really felt a connection to all of the characters.

I will be sure to look for more books from this author in the future.
Amy Randall
Mar 14, 2008 Amy Randall rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone looking for a page turner for fun on the beach
This was a page turner. I enjoyed it. It was a cross between a love story and thriller/suspense story. It was a different kind of read for me and definitely brought me out of the serious dramas that I have been reading as of late. Well written for a debut novelist. I will certainly read the next one.
Rsupergirl
Early on I found myself not caring about what happened to the characters. They weren't just deeply flawed, they were unlikable, every single one. I kept reading to see if any life lesson was going to turn even one into a better, likable person, or if something were to be revealed about a character which would mitigate their unlikability. Didn't happen. The ending was underwhelming and unsatisfactory. Don't bother.
N
Abortion is certainly the word that comes to mind when I recall this book, but unfortunately that has nothing to do with the plot. This book was a glorious disaster, probably the single worst book I've ever read. I spent a lot of time literally laughing aloud at the book.

The writing was amateur on all fronts. Her prose is god-awful, the book is full of terribly unpoetic descriptive passages which added nothing to the book, and her similes and metaphors were nonsensical enough to be hilarious. On...more
Stacy
The basis of the book could be one of 'controversy' but, regardless of the pro/anti abortion theme, this book picks up as quick thriller. Just about half way through I become addicted to the characters and did not want to stop reading.
The way the story was written you get to know the characters, as their backgrounds intertwine with their current lives.

Michael and Annie, and their two children; Annie is a bored housewife, who adores her children and her husband, Michael, is a popular Ob/Gyn who...more
Michelle
Wasn't sure if I was going to like it at first because of the way it went back and forth in different scenes, past to present, etc. However, I did enjoy it very much and found it hard to put down once I continued reading. Although each of the characters had their own skeletons in the closet, so to speak, I felt empathy for each and every one of them, understanding what led them to their actions. At first I was thinking it would have been nice to find out who's baby Annie was pregnant with. But,...more
Michelle
I pulled this book off the library shelf because on the first page the main character was swearing up a storm. I mean, how often do you get to hear that? Especially followed by "I wanted him to be buried deep in the ground where no one would ever look... when I consider my unrelenting devotion to Jesus, I have to say that I am sorely disappointed." This scene is actually almost the last scene in the book and it took me a few pages from this intense beginning to get into the story. After that, th...more
Kelly
May 25, 2012 Kelly rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Not many ppl
This book is a dull read. It does not really envoke the imagination nor does it educate you on anything. It would be a decent beach read, or a rainy day read to just say you read a book today.

typical - figure it out on your own - plot. didnt need to think at all while reading it. OK read
Houry
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Kayla
Contrary to what others may think, I thought this was a wonderfully written and suspenseful book. It really is hard to believe that this is Brundage's debut novel as it written like one of an experienced author. Thankfully I didn't read any of the reviews on here or I may not have read it as I think they are very misleading. It seems like a lot of the people on here took it way too seriously. I can understand how some may feel that Brundage was trying to insult the conservative way of thinking,...more
Amanda
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Dana
I didn't finish the book. I read it once a long time ago and I remember it taking me a while to weigh through but this time around, I just couldn't do it. The characters are flat. None of them have any moral likability about them which would be okay if there was a reason for it. Instead, there isn't one. The bad guys are bad because they're religious and the good guys (Although I really hesitate to call them that because they seem like equally horrible human beings) are good because they are the...more
~bizbuff~
i read some reviews about this book that made me hesitant to start it. but i did anyway and i absolutely loved it. i liked the fact that it pushes the limit on humanity, morale, religion, and standing up for what you believe in. this book is about an OB/GYN who volunteers at an abortion clinic to help a friend. he knows there will be pro-life activists but he has no idea that theft, guns, bombs, affairs, kidnapping, drugs, sex, lies, and murder would all be entailed. dr. knowles tries to stand u...more
Kathleen Valentine
The Doctor's Wife is a complex and beautifully-written novel that deals with some tough subject matter. I've read a lot of reviews that complained about the story as having an "agenda" which is unfortunate because it deals quite graphically with a painful reality in our society - violence in the name of righteousness. Specifically violence against women's health clinics where abortions are performed.

The four main characters in the story are complex and interesting people although I have to say t...more
Melissa
first, i was deeply offended by some of the prior reviews of this book, including one by a person who references herself as a "future doctor's wife." i resent any use of the phrase "hardcore feminist" in a derogatory manner to address an opinion that differs from one's own. really and truly, please. become a bit more evolved. This book IS a work of fiction, but it has roots in the modern day "right to life" movement. Not so long ago, quite a few "kill lists" came out on the internet, complete wi...more
Amanda
This book began much better than it ended. From the first few pages I was hooked because it sounded like it was going to be a really good thriller with some kind of amazing plot.

How wrong I was. How very wrong.

The 4 main characters - Michael and Annie Knowles and Simon and Lydia Haas - are all, for the most part, cardboard and unlikable. I never felt as if I should be rooting for any of these characters. Michael is an OB/GYN who moonlights at a local abortion clinic. (This never made sense to me...more
Michelle
I did not care for this book. it was a relatively easy read, but Im afraid I may have not read it carefully towards the end. I have a few unanswered questions, but there's a chance I just blew over them. Was her article ever published? What happened to her baby? Why didn't Lydia see Simons car at the house when she arrived? Who stuffed their dog? Did the minister ever get his cat back? How did they find a new house and move when they were at the hospital all week? Where were they moving to and w...more
sarah
I've read books about couples with commitment issues before. Their relationship is lacking, the wife finds someone more intriguing, the husband finds out, there's some other drama thrown into it, the end. But this book is so far off from that.

There isn't a lot of information given in the first part of the book, but it certainly drew me in right away. Actually, the entire book was like that for me: I loved every part of it because it was all so interesting to me. I loved that the author went bac...more
Andrea
I loved the premise of this book. In the wake of Dr. Tiller's murder, it is important to remember that abortion providers all over the country are putting themselves at risk. But the abortion issue was just one aspect of this amazingly complex portrayal of two married couples and the community they live in.

This book was very suspenseful but as much as I wanted to stay up late reading it, it was also so disturbing and the images so vivid, that I found myself needing to take breaks from the story...more
Jenna
My mom had read this and gave it to me to read. I started it several months ago and then put it down because I got side tracked by another book that I thought would be more worth my time. A couple of weeks ago I came back to it and then couldn't put it down! Maybe it's because I haven't read a book like this in awhile but I couldn't wait to see how it would end and how the suspense of it would reveal itself. This book was not what I expected it to be but was very good in the end!
Joan
The first few pages caught my interest. However, it became extremely predictable right away. There was no character/relationship development and they were all unlikeable. It seemed as though the writer got to a certain point and then started adding things to the story as she wrote it just to make it longer. It dragged so I ended up speed reading just to get to the end (much like what the writer seemed she was doing...speed writing toward the end just to get it over with).
Theresa
This book took me by surprise, the back does not give much away as for the plot, so neither will I. I'll just say that I found the characters very interesting, and as the plot moved along I was more & more interested to see what was going to happen next & how things would turn out for each of the characters. It was definitely a hard to put down book!
Kimberly
This book has the sentence "She parks in the frozen grass and gets out and walks up to the house with her throat feeling tight and a weight in her chest like a dead squirrel." I'm sorry; I can't get past that. WHAT DOES THAT EVEN MEAN?
Trisha Drape
Seemed like a bad Lifetime movie, and it was so predicable. Did anyone even care about these characters? The author could have done so much more with this subject, and it would have made for a much better book club discussion if she had.
Kelly Graeber
None of the characters had any redeeming qualities.
Marianne
Very easy read. Perfect for vacations.
Lisa
What a waste of my time.
Jennifer
Read this because several years back I read Somebody Else's Daughter and loved it. I loved this book; it was hard to put down. Simon’s wife Lydia was his muse. They met when she was young, VERY young. Lydia is mentally unstable and easily influenced. Simon and Annie work at the same college and Annie is married to Michael. Michael is a doctor and works long hours. Annie is bored just being a doctor’s wife and gets to know Simon. Michael goes missing after leaving the hospital and his burning car...more
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Elizabeth Brundage holds an MFA from the prestigious Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where she received a James Michener Award. Before attending Iowa, she was a screenwriting fellow at the American Film Institute in Los Angeles. She lives with her family in New York State.
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