Case of Emergency by E.
G. Scott is a medical thriller. E. G. Scott is a pseudonym
for Elizabeth Keenan and Greg Wands, who published their first
book, The Woman Inside, together last year. This is where
they introduced the police detectives Silverstri and Wolcott.
The detectives have another puzzling case. They ask Charlotte
Knopler to ID a body, and it throws her for a loop...she has
never met the victim, yet she is listed as Jane Doe's emergency
contact. Her life once again turns upside down after Charlotte
becomes the main suspect in this woman's death; she does not
know. His best friend Rachel Sherman suspects that Charlotte's
mysterious boyfriend, Peter Stanton, has something to do with
Elizabeth noted the acupuncture piece
was inspired by her own experiences. "I swear by it and
highly recommend it. Charlotte switched from western medicine
to Eastern methods. We thought about why someone would make
such a drastic change. It uses healing from plants and flowers."
While Greg wants readers to understand that "with technology,
we want to get into the effects of technology. Who can someone
really trust, and are they who they say they are?"
Charlotte's backstory remains a mystery
as the authors offer tidbits throughout the book. It seems
that she was a neurosurgeon who is forced to quit medicine
after a tragedy. Now turned acupuncturist and alternative
healer, it appears her past as a surgeon has something to
do with being implicated in a murder. As things start to spiral
out of control, Charlotte wonders about Peter, a mysterious
new boyfriend who has asked that their budding romance remain
a total secret. Their relationship has been forged through
texts and emails, often in code, since Peter says he works
undercover for the government. Charlotte decides to find out
the truth launching a parallel investigation to the one being
conducted by the detectives.
Both authors noted, "Charlotte
is very conflicted about her past with a mysterious and secretive
life. Charlotte is susceptible to alpha male personalities.
She is constantly questioning herself and is very self-aware.
She is coming to terms with her past. Then suddenly, she is
yanked back, that causes an internal tug of war. She finds
Peter exciting. Deep down, she knows he is not the person
she thinks he is. I think she goes through the whole spectrum
of feelings: Fantasizes who he is, builds him up, and then
has a reckoning."
This suspenseful story had many threads that come together
through the various narrators. Once again, the detectives
showed their investigative skills.