The Queen of Hearts

The Queen of Hearts

Book - 2018 | First edition.
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Zadie Anson and Emma Colley have been best friends since their early twenties, when they first began navigating serious romantic relationships amid the intensity of medical school. Now they're happily married wives and mothers with successful careers-Zadie as a pediatric cardiologist and Emma as a trauma surgeon. Their lives in Charlotte, North Carolina are chaotic but fulfilling, until the return of a former colleague unearths a secret one of them has been harboring for years.

As chief resident, Nick Xenokostas was the center of Zadie's life--both professionally and personally-throughout a tragic chain of events in her third year of medical school that she has long since put behind her. Nick's unexpected reappearance during a time of new professional crisis shocks both women into a deeper look at the difficult choices they made at the beginning of their careers. As it becomes evident that Emma must have known more than she revealed about circumstances that nearly derailed both their lives, Zadie starts to question everything she thought she knew about her closest friend.
Publisher: New York :, Berkley,, 2018.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780399585050
0399585052
Characteristics: 344 pages ; 24 cm.

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ehbooklover Mar 26, 2018

I really liked this book! I cared about the flawed, realistic characters, loved the behind-the-scenes hospital setting, and enjoyed the author's writing style (though sometimes she was a wee bit too descriptive when describing surgical procedures).


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KatG1983
Jul 30, 2018

As someone with very close and important female friendships, I always enjoy reading a book wherein the central relationship is a friendship between women. Queen of Hearts is the tale of a decade+ long friendship, and the secret that could unravel it entirely. As the author is a doctor, it makes sense that she would give the two main characters the same profession. However, I would criticize the amount of medical-description is in the book. There is way too much detail about medical procedures and issues and surgeries - and it is not at all needed for the plot. There's basically 2 medical emergencies in the storyline that are integral to how to story unfolds, everything else is just superfluous, and I didn't care at all. I ended up skimming most of those parts. A better editor could have cut like 50 pages of unnecessary description from the book, and it would have a been a much more fluid and enjoyable read.

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Mmolloy_722
Jul 09, 2018

This was a fun summer read. I wanted to find out what happened with the characters and it kept a decent pace. Found it via the Modern Mrs. Darcy summer reading list.

ehbooklover Mar 26, 2018

I really liked this book! I cared about the flawed, realistic characters, loved the behind-the-scenes hospital setting, and enjoyed the author's writing style (though sometimes she was a wee bit too descriptive when describing surgical procedures).

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