Wednesday, May 19, 2021

#Review - Do No Harm by Christina McDonald #Thrillers #Suspense

Series: Standalone
Format: Paperback, 368 pages
Release Date: February 16, 2021
Publisher: Gallery Books
Source: Publisher
Genre: Thrillers / Suspense

From the USA TODAY bestselling author of Behind Every Lie and The Night Olivia Fell comes an unforgettable and heart-wrenching novel about the lengths one woman will go to save her son.

Emma loves her life. She’s the mother of a precocious kinderg√§rtner, 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?

A timely and moving exploration of a town gripped by the opioid epidemic, and featuring Christina McDonald’s signature “complex, emotionally intense” (Publishers Weekly) prose,


Author Christina McDonald's Do No Harm examines whether the ends ever justify the means...even for a desperate mother. This book makes you question everything between truth and lies, good and bad, and whether the ends really ever justifies the means. If you are a mother, or a father, think about what you would do if your only child was diagnosed with a rare form of Leukemia (acute myeloid leukemia). Imagine having an insurance plan that doesn’t cover that form of illness treatment or the fact that you have no real savings to pay the ultra unaffordable expanses of this experimental treatment.

Imagine that your child will likely die if they are unable to receive an extremely expensive treatment method. Imagine going thru medical school and finding out that even if you were to work 24 hours a day, and your spouse was to get a promotion at their jobs, there's nothing you can do to find the financing you need (except for those who have friends who are able to do a Go Fund Me account). In this story, Dr. Emma Sweeney may end up having to do something entirely bad in order to save her son. But what if the cost is so great that it might tear apart your marriage with the man you love. 

A man who just happens to be a Detective assigned by the DEA to track down who is helping with the opioid crisis in your hometown. A man who would do anything to save his son, except to cross the line that he can't come back from. Sometimes in life, you have to do the wrong thing to do what’s the best for your loved ones. But in essence, what if the wrong thing ends up with more people being addicted? What if the person you love the most is put into such a difficult situation that he can't help but wonder what else you are willing to do in order to save one life rather than helping kill dozens? 

I guess I'm in the minority, but I wasn't a fan Emma or her actions. Too many people get hurt while she is finding ways to save her son. I don't think once she or her husband, or her mother in law researched how to seek funds through Go Fund Me. Once Emma steps onto this slippery slope and ends up working with her troubled brother and others, she slides down a slippery slope at an accelerating pace that will involve her in secrets, lies, and murder. But she is doing it all for the sake of saving Josh so it's all good, right?  

Do the ends justify the means when involving trafficking in deadly drugs which are manufactured in China and brought thru Mexican cartels to the US? Do the ends justify the means when you are literally breaking the law and yet, in the end, you are bullet proof because nobody sees the person behind the mask? I found myself increasingly frustrated with Emma and her associations and activities. I was angry at the ending of this book and I just can't say why without spoiling the final chapters of this book.  

It might be crazy of me to say, but I could have legitimately lowered this books rating to 2 stars because I am not a fan of those who deal in drugs. I am not a fan of those who hand out pills like they were candy which makes even more individuals addicted to opioid's. I've seen so many people suffer from addiction, that I have tried to ween myself off all drugs for fear that I too, will end up addicted. I give my dad props. Even when he was dying of cancer, he refused morphine knowing that it would end up killing him. He was right. 





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