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Best Intentions

St. Martin's Press

Marti Trailor is a mother of three, a New York congressman’s daughter, and wife to a successful obstetrician. Tired of playing the dutiful stay-at-home mom, she jumps at the opportunity to return to her stalled career as a hospital social worker. The catch? The job is at the same hospital where her husband works, and the doctor is not so keen. As Marti gets enmeshed in the world of the hospital—long hours, overworked doctors, entrenched and dangerous politics—she witnesses something that she cannot unsee. Marti takes it upon herself to do the right thing. But the right thing comes with unintended consequences, and before she even has time to plead innocence, Marti finds herself thrust under a dangerous spotlight. Peeling back the layers of one woman’s precipitous journey from stay-at-home mom to murder trial defendant, Best Intentions is Erika Raskin’s sophomore gem, a domestic mystery set against a captivating emotional backdrop.

Praise for Best Intentions

“Best Intentions is that rare novel that grows more gripping and emotionally rich with every turn of the page: a story about race, privilege, and one woman’s determination to protect those who can’t protect themselves, even at the risk of losing everything she most loves. Erika Raskin kept me guessing and entranced until the very end.” Carla Buckley, author of The Good Goodbye

“Erika Raskin’s razor-sharp, deeply moving novel of domestic suspense, shifting back and forth in time and featuring fully realized, flesh-and-blood characters, kept me guessing right up to the last chapter.” —A. J. Banner, international bestselling author of The Good Neighbor

“Marti Trailor is smart, funny, wonderfully self-effacing, and brave. She’s the mother every woman wishes she could be. And, somehow, she’s being tried for murder … Best Intentions is a glorious, well written page turner!” —Martha Woodroof, author of Small Blessings

“Raskin’s new novel confronts its relatable heroine with an impossible dilemma, then turns up the heat as she fights for everything she holds dear. For a novel juicy enough to keep you up well past your bedtime, Best Intentions cleaves admirably to its strong social conscience.” —Sophie Littlefield, author of House of Glass and A Bad Day for Sorry

Articles about Best Intentions


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