- Hardcover: 352 pages
- Publisher: Berkley (February 13, 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780399585050
- ISBN-13: 978-0399585050
- ASIN: 0399585052
- Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.2 x 9.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 192 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #43,398 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“Martin leverages her own background as a doctor to great effect throughout…[she] is equally insightful about many aspects of long-term female friendships, especially the blind spots that they often contain by necessity.”—The New York Times
"A gripping and emotional novel perfect for fans of Meredith and Christina's iconic friendship, The Queen of Hearts is the perfect book for fall."—Bustle
“Martin’s extraordinary sensitivity and empathy shines through during moments of crisis, which draw out the subtle, complex shades of her characters…the beautifully rendered characters and compelling, rhythmic storyline make The Queen of Hearts a thrilling read, and a fascinating look into the medical world. It’s an impressive debut, full of warmth and excitement.”—The Harvard Crimson
“Fans of Grey’s Anatomy are sure to enjoy this new release, a novel about friendship, success, and secrets set amid the day-to-day drama of a hospital in Charlotte, North Carolina.”—Southern Living
“Kimmery Martin’s excellent debut novel serves up an irresistible mix of romance, ER drama, friendship and betrayal. Martin, a physician herself, writes in a clear and lively way…. In her hands, dramatic hospital scenes and routine kitchen conversations are equally compelling.” – BookPage
“A secret from two doctors' pasts may put what they cherish most under the knife: their friendship. A book about female friendships that unapologetically wears its heart on its sleeve.”—Kirkus
“Martin’s debut novel, about pediatric cardiologist Zadie Anson and trauma surgeon Emma Colley, is a medical drama executed with just the right balance of intensity, plot twists, tragedy, and humor...A remarkably absorbing read.”—Booklist
“Whip-smart and full of heart, Martin expertly weaves the threads of friendship, love and betrayal into a story that crackles with humor and compassion. A brilliant debut.”—Lisa Duffy, author of The Salt House
“In The Queen of Hearts, debut author Kimmery Martin brings humor and insight into this exploration of friendships and secrets set in the fascinating world of practicing doctors. She effortlessly weaves the past and the present to bring you all sides of this nuanced story. Part mystery and part exploration of the human heart, Martin has a cure for what ails both her characters and their relatable problems. Sure to be a hit with fans of JoJo Moyes and Liane Moriarty.”—Catherine McKenzie, bestselling author of Hidden and The Good Liar
“In The Queen of Hearts, Kimmery Martin deftly weaves a tale of friendship and betrayal, family and lost love, the choices that define us and the secrets that keep us. Brimming with wit, intelligence, humor, and warmth, this dazzling debut teaches us about the heart’s surprising resilience. Kimmery Martin is a new voice to watch.”—Sarah Domet, author of The Guineveres
"Full of wit, subtext, and (of course) heart. Martin's writing is smart, compassionate, and just plain entertaining. I can't wait to see what she comes up with next!"—Jessica Strawser, author of Almost Missed You
“Martin’s voice is sharp and authentic in this captivating debut about two old friends and the scorching secret that nearly destroys them. Your heart will be thumping until the final page.”—Emily Liebert, author of Some Women
“Intense, vivid and sometimes surprisingly funny, The Queen of Hearts gives readers a behind-the-scenes look at the world of female physicians. Martin moves effortlessly between the women's highly relatable suburban lives and the literally cutting-edge drama of their work.”—Kim Wright, author of Last Ride to Graceland, 2017 winner of the Willie Morris Award for Southern Fiction
“Tragedy and secrets refuse to stay buried in this fast-paced and clever exploration of the storied connection between Emma and Zadie. As wives, mothers, and physicians, they are just as susceptible to life and its multicolored traumas as any of the souls they care for.”—Nadia Hashimi, international bestselling author of The Pearl that Broke Its Shell
“If you love Big Little Lies and medical dramas such as Grey’s Anatomy and ER, there is no better book for you than The Queen of Hearts.”—Hypable
About the Author
Kimmery Martin is an emergency medicine doctor, born and raised in the mountains of Eastern Kentucky. A lifelong literary nerd, she reviews books, interviews authors, and works extensively with the library foundation in Charlotte, North Carolina, where she resides with her husband and three young children. The Queen of Hearts is her first novel.
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The Queen of Hearts centers around the lives of Zadie Anson, Emma Colley, and Nick Xenokostas. We're able to listen to Zadie and Emma's voices as well as the narrative involves both the past and their present when Nick comes back into their lives.
Zadie and Emma became friends during medical school. They remain friends during residency and then as colleagues. They are both happily married with children. Emma is a successful trauma surgeon and Zadie is a pediatric cardiologist. They do share secrets and one topic is not up for discussion: Nick. During their third year of medical school, something happened that changed everything. As the story progresses, the reader is privy to this information.
I was surprised to learn this was Dr. Kimmery Martin's debut novel. The Queen of Hearts had a nice flow, with an interesting plotline and multidimensional characters. I was happily surprised at the humor. So classic in med school. Distancing from a patient in order not to break down is a modus operandi to protect one's mind. It's necessary.
I can't say the big reveal took me by surprise. I knew it from the beginning but I thought the author's delivery was perfectly accomplished. Jealousy and envy are both at the heart of this story. The question is: Are you capable of forgiveness?
I would definitely read another book by Dr. Martin. I'm excited to see what's next for her.
As a physician, I enjoyed the true-to-life medical aspects and the human drama as well as the various subplots. My only complaint is that the two women, though the were childhood friends and physicians, had very different backgrounds. I realize that Emma worked hard to overcome her childhood poverty and Appalachian accent, but still I’d have liked a bit more difference in their voices.
There was definitely more shenanigans than I experienced in medical school, but maybe that was because I had no interest in surgery. Anyway, this book tells the story of what happens when the past comes to light and when secrets That were thought to be dead and buried come to life.
I like the juxtaposition between today and the past in medical school, and how thoughts and feelings are made to come to th surface.
I am not sure, however, that I would be as forgiving as the main character Zaide. And yet, as a female physician, I can understand her forgiving her best friend. Life can be pretty lonely as a female physician. You don't quite fit in with the other kids' mothers,so to have a friend who has been through it all with you, who is also a mother and physician, well it is hard to throw it away. I enjoyed Kimmery Martin's first book and look forward to her future writing.