Whether it’s because of the pandemic or just that the time was right for some adrenaline, I found myself a couple of days ago in need of something to deeply engage my mind. I’ve had my eye on Jessica L. Webb’s Dr. Kate Morrison series for a while (I read Repercussions a year ago and loved it), and after watching the author read from the second book, Pathogen, during the Bold Strokes Books Bookathon last April, it felt like a good idea. And it so was!
When a terrified man enters the ER of a Vancouver hospital, chief resident Kate Morrison is the first to notice him. Despite his pleas for her not to touch him, she catches him when he falls. Almost immediately the police arrive and they too insist she not touch him. Not one to abandon a patient in need, Kate Morrison disobeys the intriguing Sergeant Andy Wyles’ order, unaware that she walked right in the middle of an investigation of human beings being used as weapons. More specifically, as bombs triggered by touch. Kate agrees to join the investigation, as a doctor but also as the only person who seems to be able to touch the initial patient, then others. As they work together, assisted by sweet nerd Jack Sharpe, Kate and Andy learn to trust each other, their connection going beyond the investigation.
While not absolutely perfect, Trigger is an amazing debut by Jessica L. Webb, a complex, clever, fast-paced thriller, which made my heart race many times, both with the human bomb arc and the very slow-burn yet incredibly exciting romance. The focus is on the investigation, the proceedings, the medical challenges, not on the romance, but the rare moments there are are remarkably tender and subtle, the undercurrent of chemistry between Kate and Andy ubiquitous.
Trigger is told in third person, exclusively from Kate’s point of view. We feel her confusion, her fear, her doubts but also her logic, the easy brilliance of her mind, her certainty, her strength. Andy is almost as mysterious to the reader as she is to Kate, which makes the budding feelings even more thrilling in the midst of all the extremely nerve-racking action.
I have too many soon-to-be-released books to read to allow myself to move straight on to book 2 of this series, but I will get to it very very soon.