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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Thank-you to St. Martin's Press and NetGalley for allowing me the opportunity to read this Advanced Reader Copy.
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 ...more
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 ...more
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.
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 ...more
I received this book thru Netgalley, but that had no bearing on the rating I gave it.
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 ...more
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 ...more
After returning to work, Marti is accused of murder. Each chapter starts off with a brief paragraph or two about the trial preparations ...more
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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 enthusi ...more
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
What a fantastic story! Here's this woman who just wants to give and help others and she's stymied at almost ...more
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...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 rela ...more
Marti Trailor is a stay at home mother of 3 until she is offered a social work job. The only catch, it is at the same hospital that her husband, an obstetrician, works at. As she begins working and dealing with her husband's long hours her marriage begins to fall apart. She soon finds out that her husband is seeing someone else. When one of her clients goes in to give birth and some bad care comes to light and t ...more
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 ...more