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3.89  ·  Rating details ·  360 ratings  ·  134 reviews
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 pr ...more
Hardcover, 282 pages
Published August 15th 2017 by St. Martin's Press
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Sep 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
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I've read some very good domestic suspense novels lately. After reading the description for "Best Intentions", I thought it sounded like another novel that I might enjoy....and I was right!

As the book opens, Marti Trailor is wondering how she ended up where she is. All she wanted was to make a difference. She feels like she's walking on a tightrope that's swinging out of control, but if she doesn't look down, then she'll be
Susanne  Strong
Mar 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
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4 Stars.

A Completely Compelling Character Driven Novel.

Best Intentions by Erica Raskin is the story of Marti Trailor. A woman. A stay at home mother of three. A wife. A best friend. And a woman accused of a horrific crime.

Best Intentions is a character driven novel. A novel about Relationships. Marriage. Family. And friendships. Friendships so deep that they take hold and don’t let go. It is about a legal drama that threatens to destroy Marti Trailor’s life and shakes her to her core. Yet in my
Aug 22, 2017 rated it liked it
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3+ stars. I feel like it's time to be a bit more discriminating in my book choices, especially when it comes to mysteries, thrillers and lighter reads. I'm on vacation and have been purposefully reading a few lighter books but am reminded about how hard it is to find something truly satisfying. Best Intentions sounded promising and it wasn't a dud, but it could have been much better. Marti is a social worker, and she works in the same hospital where her husband works as an obgyn. From the beginn ...more
Aug 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Intense, ominous, and engrossing!

Best Intentions is a character-driven thriller that highlights how easily someone's behaviour can be misconstrued, manipulated, and used against them.

It is, ultimately, a story about marriage, motherhood, friendship, social work, greed, deception, adultery, medical politics, and the legal process.

The writing is well done. The characters are complex and multilayered with some being loving, supportive, and kind and others being pompous and self-centered. And the pl
Apr 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: net-galley
I really enjoyed this one. The character of Marti was well developed and I felt her sadness, hopelessness and anger. Her thoughts and feelings just enlightened the pages. The plot caught me off guard and went in a totally different direction then what I was expecting. Really love when this happens! Great writing and a joy to read.

Thank-you to St. Martin's Press and NetGalley for allowing me the opportunity to read this Advanced Reader Copy.

Sarah Joint
Aug 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Great domestic suspense with compelling characters. My review will contain no spoilers, but I must say I spent much of the book in the dark, not knowing exactly what was going on. I enjoyed the general confusion as I read, trying to figure things out as the book bounced back and forth between timelines. If knowing the main character is in trouble but not knowing details about why until the book is more than half over would irk you, steer clear. It was making my head spin, but in a good way.

Marti Trailor is a beleaguered mother of three young children, struggling to hold on to any pieces of her own self as she takes care of her household and family while her husband, Elliot, works endless hours as an obstetrician. When her youngest daughter starts kindergarten, Marti, a former social worker, decides to go back to work. She gets a job, which, coincidentally happens to be in her husband's hospital--something he doesn't seem too thrilled about. Once there, Marti realizes just how over ...more
Laura Rash
Jun 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
It's been a long time since I became so absorbed in a book that I wanted the world to be respectful & leave me alone until I finished every delicious page!
Fast-paced, with wicked one liners that had me chuckling & rereading them repeatedly.
Thanks to St. Martins Press for this early copy in exchange for review.
Sam (Clues and Reviews)
Aug 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
When I started reading Best Intentions, by Erika Raskin, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I hadn’t heard very much about this book. Now that I have finished, I must say, this one became the surprise hit of my summer. I cannot believe more people are not talking about this book!

The way Raskin chose to narrate the novel and roll out the plot was absolute literary brilliance. The novel opens with Marti, our narrator, looking back on the events of the story. Something bad has happened. She is facing c
Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews

Marti, the wife of a busy, important member of the OB/GYN hospital staff decides it is time for her to go back to work as a social worker.

Marti joins a new department at the hospital that helps unwed teenage mothers.

Marti gets completely involved in the lives of these girls and leaves her children's care to her mother-in-law.

Meanwhile, Marti's husband, Eliott isn't happy she is working at the same hospital as he is. Their marriage is a bit rocky to begin with, and this seems to cause more turmoi
Jul 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
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A mother of three children. A wife of a successful husband. Marti Trailor feels like something is missing. She was a social worker in another life and want to return to this rewarding work. A chance meeting at a party leads to a job, and soon she is working along side her husband, an obstetrician at Richmond Hospital. Marti becomes involved in Tonya Maines's case, a pregnant mother whom she forges a bond. Marti becomes personally involved in Tonya's life, even being her birthing coach and godmot ...more
Shruti Ramanujam
Mar 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I received this book as an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed here are my own.

I cannot stress this enough–I LOVED this book. It drove me crazy. It’s been so long since I was this obsessed with a book. I command you to check this book out once it releases. I swear to all literary gods that you’ll like this book!

As always, let’s start with the characters. It’s all the more relevant here because of how character-driven this book is. This b
Olivia "So many books--so little time.""
A social worker is accused of murdering a seriously disabled newborn, the daughter of one of her clients. This was an excellent read. ARC provided by the publisher.
Booksandchinooks (Laurie)
Aug 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to St Martins Press for a free copy of this book for an honest review. I loved this book. The characters are well written so you have a great understanding of them. Marti is a social worker, a mom, and a wife. Her marriage has been slowly falling apart for quite some time from her doctor husband, Elliot. Marti has just returned to work as her youngest child heads to kindergarten. Marti works with pregnant unwed moms through a program run at the same hospital where her husband works. Sh ...more
Feb 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What an awesome book. I'm still reeling with what happened. The characters were real and had depth, making the story you would find in any news headline. I truly didn't want the book to end, it was THAT good.
I received this book thru Netgalley, but that had no bearing on the rating I gave it.
Mar 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
So this book took me quite a while to get into, but then stopped me from sleeping all night because I was so stressed about what would happen...
This story is fabulous because Marti is a mother first and foremost and the love that she feels for her three kids is so passionate and so real that I was feeling incredibly protective of each of them. I also love the way she navigates the work place and the people she interacts with there as well as how she maintains relationships with close friends, w
Aug 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was a very entertaining read for me. I really liked the main character, Marti, a loving mother of three and a wife of a resident doctor, who has just recently returned to work as a social worker. The "demands" of her husband in his job as a resident usually leaves her holding the bag and doing EVERYTHING regarding the household and the kids. Marti is a very likable character and I really enjoyed meeting her. She has the biggest heart and is constantly trying to overcome her frustration with ...more
May 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Marti is mother to three children and wife to a doctor but she is tired of being just the doctor's wife and often wishes she could use her social work training to help others. A chance encounter leads to a job in the hospital where her husband works but Marti soon becomes too involved in the lives of her clients and is asked to be at the delivery of one of her client's babies. When something goes wrong du
Jenee Rager
Feb 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was a pretty good book. Marti Trailor is a social worker, turned stay-at-home mom who finds herself returning to the workplace. As the daughter of a Senator, and the wife of a doctor (who may or may not resent her working at the same hospital as him, Marti has always been surrounded by powerful men, and in my opinion tends to let them run the show for her.

After returning to work, Marti is accused of murder. Each chapter starts off with a brief paragraph or two about the trial preparations
Best Intentions is a roller coaster of a novel and such a fun, wildly intense ride. I love it when books make me think and there were some seriously thought-provoking ethical dilemmas here. This was such an emotional, compelling read that I tore through in a single sitting and have no problem recommending! I'm VERY excited to see what Erika does next!

For the full review and more, head over to The Pretty Good Gatsby!
Sheyla ✎

The best thing about Best Intentions is that the author doesn't give us too much too soon. From the beginning, you know the main character is accused of something. You just don't know what.

Marti Trailor is a social worker who is a stay at home mom. She has three children whom she loves dearly and she's married to Elliot who's an obstetrician. But lately, Marti has been feeling restless. When she meets Win Phillips during a social gathering and he offers her a job, she can't contain her enth
Cheryl Bellingham
Mar 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
I fancied something a bit different and this nicely hit the mark. Thoroughly engaging. It's about events leading up to an incident and the repercussions afterwards. Where do loyalties lie when the chips fall. ...more
Judi Easley
Apr 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone!
Recommended to Judi by: NetGalley
First response: I read this in one sitting it's so good! Great characters and a wonderful story. Full review on my blog after the 20th...

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
Feb 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
I won this book from Goodreads. It is another winner. I enjoyed the book a lot. The story is about a woman who is a wife and mother who decides to go back to work, as a social worker at her husband's place of employment. There are undercurrents that she misunderstands and others that she understands too well. Someone sabotages her, but who? The suspense builds to a crescendo, as her life becomes more and more complicated and she is wrongly accused on a heinous crime. ...more
Aug 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
**RATING 4.5**

BEST INTENTIONS by Erika Ruskin is a clever, detailed, and intricate story brimming with drama and characters that will get under your skin.

Marti Trailor has the perfect life, married to a successful obstetrician with three beautiful children that she absolutely adores. Deciding to return to work she finds herself working alongside her husband at his hospital which isn't the best scenario, but Marti throws herself fully into her new clients and really enjoys the challenge. But whe
Aug 20, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I received this ARC from in exchange for a review.

Marti Trailor is a mother of three, wife of a successful obstetrician, and ready to go back to work as a social worker. The perfect job presents itself except it's at the same hospital where her husband works. A terrible tradegy occurs and she is accused of murder.

The beginning of the story was alot of background, almost too much. It started to gain momentum half way through, maybe that is where the story should have begun. Overall
Mar 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
I would like to thank Erika Raskin and Net Galley for allowing me to read this book.

This book is about a woman wrongfully accused of murder. The story has quite a few twists which will surprise you. The book starts with Marti talking to her lawyer and then takes you through how Marti got where she is now before you finally have the whole story. Marti is a stay at home mom while her husband Elliot works crazy hours as he has just started his career in OB/GYN. They have 3 children, Nina, Simon an
Nov 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. I love anything in a hospital surrounding and having worked in one - believe me, these things do happen. It was one of those "can't put it down" books and after you finish it, you still think about some of the characters and wonder what path their lives took. Of course there were the characters that you would just like to pinch their heads off for their actions, but that's what makes it a good book. Would definitely recommend this book for a good read! ...more
Meggy Chocolate'n'Waffles

I'm going to rename this book The Best Surprise of this Summer. Oh my God, why did it stay this long on my NetGalley shelf??? (Probably because I had too many to read, and still do... :p)

Marti Trailor has a great life. Wife of an obstetrician, mother of three, and newly back on the job market as a social worker. Marti is not only the kind of woman you look and think “She has it all”, she is funny, kind, and trying to do her best. You can feel it form her actions, her thoughts, it's written all o

Jen Petro-Roy
Aug 23, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017, adult
3.5 stars. Couldn't put this down. ...more
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Erika Raskin grew up to the sound of typewriter music. Her mother, bestselling novelist Barbara Raskin, was a rollicking story-teller 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 collec ...more

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