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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sterling Gate Books on 9 Jun. 2015
Format: Kindle Edition
Author Catherine Putsche really does have the knack of pulling the reader in with her unique storylines. ‘A Saved Soul’ is a well written crime thriller loaded with tension, twists and surprises.

The action takes off when a Continental road trip takes a brutal and tragic turn. An attack by a convicted killer leaves a teenage boy without a family. Alone and fighting for his life, he receives some unexpected assistance when his dead twin brother re-enters his life.

Young Adult readers in particular will love this one!
A suspenseful crime thriller! 5 Star Review

I am not one for crime thriller but a good friend had recommended this book to me. It didn’t take me long to get into the story. There were uncertainties surrounding Dr. Victor Barnes as he reflected on his troubling and yet mysterious childhood. From an early age, Victor strived for his father’s approval whom was a neurosurgeon. Not too much was said about Victor’s father thereafter, but it kept me wondering about Victor’s past. It didn’t take long for us to realize that Victor could be a serial killer. But there’s much more beneath the seemingly obvious. There are gruesome imageries throughout the book as four victims surfaced but one was found alive. The book started to get intense and very interesting as detective Marty Bride was introduced to the casts.

Catherine Putsche is an awesome suspenseful writer. She succeeded in pulling the readers into the sick and disturbing mind of Victor Barnes. No doubt, The Surgeon’s Son is hardcore but if you like reading The Bone Collector or Gone Girl, you will be pleasantly surprise. In this genre, Catherine has formulated a novel that is worth well your time. I can’t help but envisioned a T.V. series in the works.
Highly Recommended for Lovers of a Superior Horror Yarn! “Sterling Gate Books – 5 Star Reviews!”

Not for the faint-hearted, The Surgeon’s Son is an aptly-named horror yarn guaranteed to keep you turning pages well into the night.

After four young ladies mysteriously vanish and one is found alive with gruesome wounds, it’s obvious a serial killer’s on the loose. Enter Detective Inspector Marty Bride and team who embark on a thrilling manhunt as they chase their target, a real nutcase who delights in leaving tantalizing clues as to his identity.

The storyline and accompanying tension build beautifully, aided in no small way by crisp narrative and clever dialogue. Highly recommended for lovers of the genre!

Reviewer:  Myke Clarisse Vinson    23rd October 2014    

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Wow! This book is one of a kind! I finished reading this book in just one sitting. I love the writing style of Catherine Putsche. It is not confusing and the transition is very great! Every chapter is very intriguing and will make you grip in your sits and grit your teeth. The plot is very believable; you will think it might happen to you sooner or later. Of course, there are things that might look not so realistic but the way Catherine Putsche describes it, you will not doubt even for a second that what she is stating can be true. I also love how the characters in the book develop. The mystery is always there and very well hidden I did not guess what is really happening until the author revealed it. I really love mysteries and horror stories but this is definitely one of the best I have ever read. I am giving it a rate of five stars because even hours after reading the book, up until now that I was writing the review, I can still feel my heart beating fast and I can't forget every scene in the book. I learned to love every character, may it be the protagonist or the antagonist. The Surgeon's Son is a great horror, mystery, suspense thriller that will surely hook anyone who will read it. It is a must read! I will definitely recommend this to anyone who loves horror stories, mysteries and thrillers! I will also recommend this to my friends to let them feel what I felt while reading this book. Great book! I would really love to have a physical copy if I ever get to find one in the bookstore in the near future.

My Rank 5 Stars

The Surgeon’s Son
By Catherine Rose Putsche

A gripping tale if you ask me, very graphic scenes that are full of suspense and hold the reader to it.
I would say that this is as good as similar books on the market of this genre—A real frightener, albeit a book of fiction!
The book is well written and a credit to the author. She knows her stuff when it comes to medical procedures besides having a literal talent to depict events of an unnatural nature...captivating!
I would expect this to be in the bookshops in time and should do very well.
The only thing it lacks is a warning—‘Not for people with a nervous disposition’.
Love it...Many stars!
Well done Catherine!


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The Surgeon's Son is a horror story that pulls the reader along in spite of the grizzly events told in a matter of fact fashion that somehow deepens the effect. A well-written novel, which, though incomplete, Illustrates the limitations of police investigations and makes the reader want to ask questions such as: why can't the cops see it must be a surgeon at work here? Why can't they connect disguises with someone with a facial disfigurement? Yet in reality, these are common failings with investigations and the perpetrator will no doubt eventually be caught. All the characters are well developed. High stars.

Jack Hudson



Chapter One Notes:

Excellent characterization of the villain through action and memory rather than attempting direct description, which is usually less effective.

I've read that an irrational fear of clowns (coulrophobia) is very common in children, so the last sentence is certainly apropos.

There are a number of nits to pick, but none interfere with communication.

The first chapter definitely makes me wish to read on.

I wonder if Victor has impaired vision--wouldn't some of the acid have got into at least one eye?

William Holt

Hi Catherine,
I have read the first four chapters again and I think your re-write is much, much better. You now have a better structure and there are some good 'hooks' at the end of each chapter to push the reader on to the next one.
There are still some structure issues e.g. 'Victor's face was partly ...' - this should drop to form a new paragraph. Plus, there are double line gaps between some of the paragraphs and your use of the symbol to separate narrative needs to be consistent.
However, having said all that, this is a vast improvement and the flow has improved substantially. I would suggest that you don't worry too much about the structure, but that you continue to review the rest of your work on the same lines as these 'new' chapters - you can come back to the structure later.
Well done - I look forward to reading more.
Best wishes,

Tom Ericson
The Anger Within

Dark, graphic, violent, and above all well-told and believable. Perhaps needs some extra burst or originality to seperate it from other serial killer work, but in general great stuff.
Set Sytes

This has a promising opening. You have established a strong villain and made me care about Katie the victim's survival.

In the prologue you say Victor's father never had affection towards him but his mother did. It's best to show or list examples of that to hammer it home.

You should punctuate it like "mother-daughter talks".

Should be "waist-length hair".

What skill did Coco the Clown display that impressed Katie so much? I need to get a sense of being there.

I wonder if the abduction scene might be better told from Katie's point of view, perhaps putting in a place where she has an opportunity to innocently avoid it but doesn't. That might make it more suspenseful.

Should be, "her bed's still made up."

Interesting move adding Gracie's perspective to this. It makes Katie's situation more dire for sure.
The part where Katie awoke from the surgery had some stirring emotion.

I would like to get a little better sense of the police heroes of the story early on. It shifts to so many different characters in three chapters that I don't get a sense of who the main person on the rescue will be and what they are like.

This is good writing. I'll back it.

Best of luck,

Brian Bandell
Famous After Death

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Surgeon's Son Review 24 May 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
The Surgeon’s Son by Catherine Putsche is a crime thriller featuring Dr. Barnes, a surgeon with a dark secret. He has a fetish for cutting off the limbs of young girls in a misguided attempt to save them from future horrors.
When young Katie Wilson is taken from outside her home, the police assume she is a teenage runaway until another young girl is found with two missing limbs and tells them that Katie is being held prisoner. The police must figure out who this maniac is before another girl is taken.
A dark crime thriller with an intriguing plot. The characters were well developed and the killer believable with a solid back story. Recommended reading for crime fans.

A review of The Surgeon´s Son by Reviewed by Inishowen Cailín

The Surgeon’s Son is a crime novel about a serial killer in England who targets teenage girls. The reader is brought on a roller coaster ride of horror, hope, sadness and joy as the ‘Surgeon’ unleashes his own brand of torture on his innocent young victims.


‘The Surgeon’s Son’ is different to many other novels in the genre as it is more character driven and less about the police investigation in general. In most of the crime books I’ve read the police procedure is the centre of the story and the victims are only a means to provide clues in propelling the investigation to its conclusion. In this novel the investigative team; although an integral part of the story, takes a back seat. The ‘surgeon’ himself is really the focus of the novel along with the victims. We are given a lot of information about the victims and what they are thinking and feeling, the families viewpoint of having a missing child and quite a detailed look behind the serial killer himself and his motivations. There is a big back story behind him and the reader is left in no doubt who the killer is from the beginning of the book. There are no twists and turns to keep you guessing but there are plenty of thrills and excitement in the anticipation itself of the killer finally being caught.


The Surgeon’s Son is a fast paced, exciting read and I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys crime fiction. It is set up for a sequel which will include the same investigative team.


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Surgeons son 26 Mar 2014
By Mr. M. G. Walker
This book is the best book I have read for a long time,the story keeps you on the edge of your seat thinking what the hell is story going to reveal next.
The author of this book is certainly one to watch out for.

M . G W.

5.0 out of 5 stars absolutely mind blowing read 23 Mar 2014
By Gracie
Format:Paperback|Amazon Verified Purchase
couldn't put this book down , a real page turner. would love to see this as a movie . well done to the author.

5.0 out of 5 stars Ripping Yarn 7 Jun 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Enjoyed this book, real page turner.
Writing style put me in mind of Jilliane Hoffman's books.
Highly recommended.
Keep them coming!

Tip: Get a better proof reader. A couple of slip ups with names, places. Didn't retract from the overall enjoyment of the story though.

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By Louise
Format:Paperback|Amazon Verified Purchase
I really enjoyed reading this book, the characters are explosive. I just couldn't put it down. The plot was outstanding with a surprise ending. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone out there that loves a good heartfelt story.

5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding! 10 Sep 2013
By Larry Rash
Format:Kindle Edition
Brilliant! Couldn't put it down, a real page turner.
Can't wait for her next book.
Fantastic new author, certainly one to watch out for.

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Amazing Book 8. Januar 2013
Von Oliver
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I just have to say: "READ THIS BOOK"
I was thrilled from the first to the last word.
Hope to see more from this writer.

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Addicted to greed 30. Dezember 2012
Von Müller
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Well done Catherine , would like too see this made into a movie , a very good book outstanding lots of luck and I hope you sell millions .... 5.0 von 5 Sternen  1 Rezension
5.0 von 5 Sternen Fantastic Read 26. Januar 2013
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I really enjoyed reading this book, the characters are explosive, I just couldn't put it down, the plot was outstanding with a surprise ending. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone out there that loves a good heartfelt story.