Do No Harm, Christina McDonald

I was lucky enough to receive this as an ARC. McDonald always writes wonderful characters. In this, you want to cheer on Emma even when she’s doing something sketchy. She’s flawed and has made mistakes in her past. McDonald is great at building moral conundrums with her readers. Because we inherently want things to work out.

“When did the war on drugs become a war on the disabled?” Yes, exactly! People who are suffering have to suffer even more because of people who game the system. It creates this vicious circle where it seems there is no hope because there is no help. McDonald also talks about lupus. As someone who has to get tested for it yearly because of other immuno-compromising diseases, I appreciate that she added this.

If there was one thing I didn’t love, it was that Emma and her husband didn’t talk to each other. Each is carrying some heavy things, and they are mutually going through something traumatic, and they aren’t talking to each other. I was screaming at them to communicate. Well done in wringing such emotion out of me. That is really such a small thing compared to how much I enjoyed this book.

Good isn’t always the good people think it is, in the same way as bad is down to a person’s judgment. Do No Harm is an engaging read that immediately draws you in. It’s well-written, and the research into the various facets of the book shines through. Very nicely done. Thank you, Gallery Books, for sending this along.

Do No Harm is available on Amazon for $9.99.

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Emma loves her life. She’s the mother of a precocious kindergartener, married to her soulmate—a loyal and loving police detective—and has a rewarding career as a doctor at the local hospital.

But everything comes crashing down when her son, Josh, is diagnosed with a rare form of cancer.

Determined to save him, Emma makes the risky decision to sell opioids to fund the life-saving treatment he needs. But when somebody ends up dead, a lethal game of cat and mouse ensues, her own husband leading the chase. With her son’s life hanging in the balance, Emma is dragged into the dark world of drugs, lies, and murder. Will the truth catch up to her before she can save Josh?


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