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Unnatural Causes by Dawn Eastman
Published by Crooked Lane Books Pages: 288
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Katie LeClair has finally settled down as the new doctor in Baxter, MI. After years of moving, schooling, and training, she wants nothing more than to find a place she can call home, and a small town outside of Ann Arbor seemed perfect.
Katie quickly gets to work in building a life for herself in Baxter, and beyond reviving her love life, she also finds a pair of business partners in a team of father and son family practitioners. But that idyllic dream is immediately shattered when one of her patients is found dead. That wouldn’t be the worst thing, except the death is ruled a suicide, and as evidence has it, the suicide was a result of the medication Katie had prescribed. But she doesn’t remember writing it.
When a closer investigation reveals it was murder, Katie is catapulted into an off-the-books investigation that leads her down a dark path of past secrets. But someone is willing to kill to keep part of the town’s history in the shadows, and Katie must race to find out who before it’s too late in nationally bestselling author Dawn Eastman’s riveting series debut Unnatural Causes.
Although Dr. Katie LeClair knew her racing heartbeat was due to a surge of adrenaline, she couldn’t calm the fear and anxiety that fueled it as she strode through the sliding emergency room doors and into Baxter Community Hospital.
Here is what I thought
I was either in a mood or a funk when I started this one because I really didn’t like it when I first started reading it. It probably took almost half way through for me to get interested in it enough to keep going but once I did I enjoyed it. I am not sure if it was just to slow at the beginning or what but the ending was pretty cool and it has a good mystery.
Katie moves to a small town near Ann Arbor to get out of the big city, but see is pretty busy working at the clinic. One of her regulars is brought in almost dead from what seems like an overdose. She wasn’t on call but they couldn’t get ahold of Nick who was supposed to be so she comes in and finds Matt taking care of her. He doesn’t work there but is doing some sort of locum type thing which I guess means he takes shifts in different hospitals. She remembers Matt from her residency days and has a bit of a crush on him.
The EMT’s said that the prescription bottle had Dr. LeClair’s name on it but Katie doesn’t remember prescribing that drug to her. She can’t get that out of her head and then when Ellen’s daughter Beth talks to Katie about how she doesn’t think it was a suicide it gets Katie to thinking and she decides to look into it with Beth.
I liked Katie well enough and she was a pretty good sleuth, I really like her brother Caleb the most though he was funny and cool.
The author does a great job of giving you information that can make you think one thing when it was something else. I had most of it figured out but it still surprised me a little about why it happened. I thought the last like 10% was the best part with the reveal and who did what and why as it when pretty quick.
Although I had a rough start with this one it wasn’t a bad mystery and I did end up enjoying it and I will probably check out the next one in the series to really see if it was just me in a funk or the writing style. If it sounds like a good one then check it out as I did think it was a good mystery.
Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
- 2017 Cloak and Dagger
- 2017 Netgalley and Edelweiss
- 2017 New Release