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Best Intentions: A Novel Hardcover – August 15, 2017
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“Marti Trailor is smart, funny, wonderfully self-effacing,and brave. She’s the mother every woman wishes she could be. And, somehow, she’s being tried for murder…Best Intentions is a glorious, well written page turner!”―Martha Woodroof, author of Small Blessings
“Erika Raskin’s razor-sharp, deeply moving novel of domestic suspense, shifting back and forth in time and featuring fully realized, flesh-and-blood characters, kept me guessing right up to the last chapter.” ―A.J. Banner, international bestselling author of The Good Neighbor
“A story about race, privilege, and one woman’s determination to protect those who can’t protect themselves, even at the risk of losing everything she most loves. Erika Raskin kept me guessing and entranced untilthe very end.”―Carla Buckley, author of The Deepest Secret
"Raskin’s new novel confronts its relatable heroine with an impossible dilemma, then turns up the heat as she fights for everything she holds dear. For a novel juicy enoughto keep you up well past your bedtime, Best Intentions cleaves admirably to its strong social conscience."―Sophie Littlefield, author of A Bad Day for Sorry
About the Author
ERIKA RASKIN is a writer from Charlottesville, Virginia. A mother and (young) grandmother, she’s married to a doctor. Her first novel, Close, came out in 2014.
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Marti is the loving mother of three children. She gave up her career as a social worker to stay home with them, but toys with the idea of returning to the workforce as her youngest child starts kindergarten. Her husband is an overworked doctor, and their relationship is very clearly suffering from his long hours away from home. He is for some reason less than thrilled when Marti is offered a job at the very same hospital he works at, but she takes it anyway. She'll be supporting young women in different capacities as they prepare to become mothers. She counsels these young ladies on decisions, helps them to find places to live with the baby if necessary, points them in the right direction to get help they desperately need, and simply supports them in general. She is a very empathetic person, extremely devoted to her work.
We're filled in on Marti's job and home life with great detail. Her kids are entertaining and interesting in their own rights, each with their own distinctive little personality. This is interspersed with a different timeline, and this one is jarring: Marti is in trouble of the legal variety. Huge trouble, the kind where she's vilified and reporters are camped out in front of her place. Either she's done something dreadfully wrong or she's in danger of spending a long time in prison as punishment for something she didn't do. We don't find out exactly what she's accused of until after the book is half over.
Family drama, relationship trouble, legal issues, and hospital politics all blend together in this whopper of a book. I didn't know which way was up sometimes, but I enjoyed the ride. I had some quibbles with the ending and would have liked the different timelines to be labeled, but I'd very much recommend giving this book a shot.
I received an ARC of this book from Net Galley and St. Martin's Press, thank you! My review is honest and unbiased.
When Marti is accused of a horrific crime, I was a little confused. It was introduced in the ARC (I know this may change in the edited version) suddenly and out of nowhere. It kind of through me off to begin with, but after rereading that part, I realized that I didn't miss anything. It was just thrown in. I only add this to my review because it slowed me down in my reading. Other than that, I flew through this book. After the arrest of Marti, I felt so sorry for her and angry, angry, angry.
I love it when authors get my emotions in an uproar and mine were certainly riled while reading this book. I guessed the husband's secret very early in the book and that also flicked on an emotion switch for me. Yay!!
An excellent read with great characters, character development and writing.
Thanks to St. Martins Press and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.
Marti Trailor is married to a doctor and has three great children, but now she wants to return to her work as a social worker. She is offered a job in the same hospital where her husband works. Marti now gets a “behind-the-scenes” look at what goes on in the hospital – doctors working 80+ hours a week, exhausted doctors making mistakes, the politics that can cost lives.
Erika Raskin has delivered an amazing work. The characters are totally relatable. Marti is smart and sassy, and her best friend Colby is even more so. Marti’s client Tonya is admirable throughout her pregnancy and the aftermath. As tragedy falls upon Marti’s shoulders, she is fortunate to have Colby and her boss Win at her side. There are a couple of characters that I should really dislike – one being her husband – but I find myself feeling some empathy toward them, but only a bit.
The book is fast paced and the suspense builds keeping you turning pages. I wanted to seclude myself so I could just read.
There are many “psychological thrillers” being released lately. Most promise a “surprise twist” at the end. But many of these books have left me feeling the end was contrived in order to give that twist. I did not feel that with “Best Intentions”. Everything falls into place carrying you to a satisfying end.