Marti always means well...

Best Intentions
Erika Raskin
St. Martin's Press, expected release Aug 15, 2017
Kindle ed, 288 pages, also in hardcover
Genre(s) women's lit, murder, mystery, contemporary romance
Source NetGalley

Synopsis 
Marti Trailor—social worker on hold, mother of three, wife of a successful obstetrician, daughter of a Congressman—is ready to go back to work. She’s thrilled when the perfect opportunity falls in her lap. The catch? The job is at her husband's hospital and he seems not to share her enthusiasm. Undeterred, she takes the position counseling vulnerable young women as they prepare to give birth.
Marti quickly begins to feel like she is making a difference in the lives of her clients. Soon, though, she finds herself caught up in the dark side of the medical center—with its long hours, overworked doctors and entrenched practices. When she witnesses something she can't unsee, Marti, who has always done her best to keep a low-profile, finds herself thrust under a dangerous spotlight with all of Richmond, Virginia watching.

In her captivating domestic suspense novel Best Intentions, Erika Raskin weaves together high stakes hospital politics, the pressures of family life, and the consequences of trying to do the right thing.


About the Author:  
Erika Raskin grew up to the sound of typewriter music. Her mother, the bestselling novelist Barbara Raskin, was a rollicking storyteller who could turn mundane trips to the grocery store into readable high drama. Marcus Raskin, Erika's dad, was an author of non-fiction but still delighted in getting his daughter to make up back-stories of unsuspecting passers-by. She learned at an early age to collect details, catalog interesting behaviors, and then put them on paper.

(In short, she joined the family business.)

Erika has written essays for print and radio, articles and short stories. Her fiction has been recognized by the Reynolds Price competition, Glimmertrain, and the Virginia Commission on the Arts. She was a fellow at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Erika's first novel, CLOSE, was published by Harvard Square Editions in October of 2014. CLOSE was a finalist in the USA Best Book Awards.

Erika and her husband Keith have three (grown-up) offspring and a peculiar dog with a fondness for lingerie. They live in the mountains outside of Charlottesville, Virginia. 


My Disclaimer:  I was provided a free copy of this book by NetGalley and St. Martin's Press. I am providing an honest review for which I am receiving no compensation of any kind. All opinions are fully my own.
~ Judi E. Easley for Blue Cat Review

My Review:  
What a fantastic story! Here's this woman who just wants to give and help others and she's stymied at almost every turn by her husband, then the hospital she works for, and eventually the legal system.

Marti has done everything that was expected of her. She's done the work of raising three great kids. Daddy is a Congressman. Hubby is a Doctor. Now she wants some of her own. She's a trained social worker. The perfect job pops up and she goes for it. Hubby isn't happy because she's going to be underfoot at the hospital. What's he got to hide? What isn't she supposed to see at the hospital?

She takes the job, but she keeps trying to help a gal who doesn't want her help and that gets her into trouble, too. Then there's another young woman who needs and wants her help, but she's getting other advice as well and things go horribly wrong. Two young lives are horribly damaged before they even have a chance and Marti knows the truth behind what happened, but is she going to get the opportunity to tell her story?

Once the story all comes out, who will pay the price? And who will go to jail? This fantastic book is due out August 15, 2017 from St. Martin's Press. Get yourself a copy of it and plan on spending a weekend with it. It's fabulous! For those who cheer for the underdogs! With a touch of sweet romance!