What is most impressive about her work is the extensive research she does to make her characters sound authentic.
In Handle With Care she had to learn extensive scientific information about osteogenesis imperfecta, a congenital disease which causes a fetus to suffer broken bones even while in the womb and, if it survives, for the rest of its life. In this novel, a medical malpractice suit questions whether a child could have been aborted.
In Lone Wolf she tackles the topic of end of life issues in a story about a man who lives with wolves which requires extensive knowledge about wolf packs as well as the medical and legal questions surrounding end of life: questions about who can make decisions about continued care, organ donation and withdrawal of artificial life supports.
Salem Falls is about the social and legal problems associated with being convicted of a sex crime coupled with some teen age girls fascination with witchcraft requiring the author to know tons of information about the legal and scientific issues related to rape and social and religious aspects of witchcraft.