Do No Harm, a review by Sherry

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Do No Harm
Christina McDonald

368 pages

published by Gallery Books
February 16, 2021

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Do No Harm is Christina McDonald’s newest thriller. I’ve been waiting for this novel since I finished The Night Olivia Fell. This book lived up to the high standard I was expecting.

What would you do to save your child? Emma and Nate’s son Josh is diagnosed with a rare form of leukemia and he needs an expensive treatment to save his life. She’s a doctor and he’s a detective, so they are basically good people. She’s still in debt from medical school and his civil servant salary won’t contribute much to the cost of his treatment. How do you find the money? I’m sure there isn’t a mother out there that wouldn’t try anything possible to heal her child.

This book had me hooked from the start. Both lead characters are in noble professions trying to help people, but have secrets from their past. How many bad or selfish acts outweigh all the good someone does? And how minor or major do those acts need to be to sway your opinion?

An edge of your seat thriller that has depth in the opiate crisis and family versus career. I loved all the twists and turns along the way. I never knew what secret would surface next. And McDonald does such a good job having the cat and mouse game between Nate trying to solve the Opioid crimes and the rise in Opioid usage in their town and Emma trying to stay one step ahead of him and raise enough money to save her son.

The characters are well developed and the plot moves along at a nice pace. If you love a suspenseful plot with developed characters, you should definitely add this to your TBR list.

Thanks Gallery Books and NetGalley for an advanced reader copy.

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