Do no harm

Christina McDonald

Book - 2021

Mother of a kindergartener, married to her police detective soulmate, Emma has a rewarding career as a doctor at the local hospital. When her son, Josh, is diagnosed with a rare form of cancer, she is determined to save him. Emma makes the risky decision to sell opioids to fund the life-saving treatment Josh needs. When somebody ends up dead, a lethal game of cat and mouse ensues-- with her own husband leading the chase. With her son's life hanging in the balance, Emma is dragged into the d...ark world of drugs, lies, and murder. -- adapted from back cover

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Genres
Thrillers (Fiction)
Published
New York : Gallery Books 2021.
Language
English
Item Description
"Book Club favorites reader's guide" follows text.
Physical Description
350 pages ; 21 cm
ISBN
9781982142612
1982142618
Main Author
Christina McDonald (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

McDonald's third domestic thriller (after Behind Every Lie, 2020) delivers a jaw-dropping plot. Emma Sweeney has a rewarding career as a doctor and has built a terrific life with her police-officer husband and their delightfully daffy kindergartener son. What could possibly happen to turn her, in her husband's words, into "a drug dealer hiding behind a white coat"? When her son receives a leukemia diagnosis, she decides to issue fake prescriptions for opioids to fund the obscenely priced life-saving treatment he needs. This brings her back into contact with her ex-con brother and her dangerous former high-school boyfriend, and the suspense, along with the body count, ratchets up with their every encounter. McDonald offers a painful look at two hot-button topics: the desperate opioid crisis, and a system that allows the cost of cancer pharmaceuticals to extend far beyond the reach of so many. Is what Emma does an unforgivable betrayal of her medical oath, her husband, and herself? It will be up to the reader to decide if the ends justify the means. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

In this so-so domestic thriller from McDonald (Behind Every Lie), happily married physician Emma Sweeney and her police detective husband, Nate, dote on their precocious five-year-old son, Josh. Then Josh is diagnosed with a rare form of leukemia, and their insurance won't cover his costly treatment. After they're turned down for loans, Emma believes the only way to raise the cash is to sell opioids to addicts and forged prescription orders to drug dealers. Meanwhile, Nate, who knows nothing of Emma's scheme, volunteers to work with the DEA to find the source of opioids invading their town of Skamania, Wash., in the hope of a promotion. The weak plot spins on Emma's rationalization that in trying to save Josh she's also helping those who truly are in pain, but whose medication has been cut back because of government crackdowns. Emma's plan soon goes awry as the bodies pile up while her inexperience puts herself and her loved ones in danger. This well-meaning effort to highlight the opioid crisis spins out of control with clichés, shallow characters, and a preachy narrative. McDonald has done better. Agent: Carly Watters, P.S. Literary (Canada). (Feb.) Copyright 2020 Publishers Weekly.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

A doctor makes the controversial decision to sell opioids to fund her son’s life-saving treatment only to be dragged into a murky underworld of drugs, deception and murder. By the best-selling author of Behind Every Lie. Original. 100,000 first printing.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

A doctor makes the controversial decision to sell opioids to fund her son's life-saving treatment only to be dragged into a murky underworld of drugs, deception and murder.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

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 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?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, Do No Harm examines whether the ends ever justify the means...even for a desperate mother.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

Named a Best Book of 2021 by Real Simple ​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 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?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, Do No Harm examines whether the ends ever justify the means...even for a desperate mother.