Dr. Maya Summer works at Arizona Public Health, where she monitors and researches a myriad of public health issues. A passionate advocate for a motorcycle helmet law to slow the highway carnage, she also monitors disease-bearing mosquitoes, rabid bobcats, and the opioid epidemic—to name a few. To maintain her clinical skills and patient care, she spends one day a week at the nearby family medicine residency, seeing patients and teaching new physicians. As Maya struggles with the pressures of public health, a new threat looms when she sparks the anger of local biker gangs who want her to stop pursuing her helmet campaign. As the threats reach an unsettling highpoint, a past trauma that had been fueling her work now starts to haunt her—threatening to derail her carefully choreographed life.
Dr. Alex Reddish, a faculty member at the residency, enjoys Maya’s company every week. He longs to know her better but also knows she is involved with a prominent cardiologist. A former shy chess champion, Alex has worked to remake himself into a more socially engaged person, though he cannot completely shed his reclusive past. His professional life is complicated by two resident physician advisees: a depressed and poorly performing man, and a seductive woman. And now someone seems determined to harm him.
Maya and Alex turn accomplices when they try to unravel a spate of unusual illnesses afflicting residency staff, and discover disturbing trends. As Maya and Alex become closer, they must also tackle their personal pasts and individual demons, and find the courage to move forward.
“I couldn’t put this down. Dr. Miller makes great use of her expertise in public health, residency training, horses, and Arizona to weave a remarkable tale unique in its Southwestern flavor. An evidence-based mystery with characters that fly off the page. Miller mixes her unique blend of knowledge and humor to keep a reader engrossed.”
—Steven R. Brown, MD, FAAFP, program director, University of Arizona College of Medicine/Phoenix Family Medicine Residency and president, Association of Family Medicine Residency Directors
“Knowledgeable, entertaining, and a fine writer, Miller takes the page-turner on a wild ride through the mysteries of the medical world, all of this set in the midst of everyday happenings. There is an urgency to her telling that pulls the reader ever onward. A very enjoyable read.”
—Phyllis Barber, author of The Desert Between Us
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A fascinating well-written book with wonderful characters, great setting, and plenty of medical intrigue. This is one of those books that I enjoyed reading so much that I purposely slowed down because I did not want it to end. It's the kind of book that you can get totally immersed in and forget everything else. I'd love to read more from this author! Thank you to NetGalley for an advance copy of this book.
Where No One Should Live follows Maya, a doctor at Arizona Public Health, as she works on a number of health issues affecting the local area, namely a new motorcycle helmet law. She often crosses paths with her coworker Alex, and the two quickly become partners when trouble starts to hit the facility. Angry bikers, a mysterious illness, and daily perils of living in a desert region all encompass the issues they face, and may end up drawing them closer in a number of ways. Where No One Should Live is a refreshingly new story to me; I feel as though I have not read many books quite like it before. The style of the book is smart and well written, and it has a number of great storylines, plot twists, and some humorous moments as well. Both Maya and Alex are interesting characters with good depth, and I enjoyed reading all of the different events that they encounter in the book.....and there certainly are a lot of them. I feel like they were basically finding trouble around every corner! I enjoyed reading Where No One Should Live and would recommend it to anyone looking to get out of a reading rut. Thanks to Netgalley and University of Nevada Press for this ARC; this is my honest and voluntary review.
Where No One Should Live is a fast-moving, compelling mystery that is almost impossible to put down. Miller, a retired family physician, skillfully describes everything necessary to keep the reader engaged: characters, plot, medical mysteries, graphic descriptions of Phoenix, the scorching and challenging place "where no one should live," and she includes plausible and enticing romance as well. A use of past perfect could often have helped the understanding of what happened when. However, there is something always luring the reader into wanting more of this writer's work; the author weaves the plot in a way that invites readers to determinedly and happily read to the end.