Review: Imperfect Justice by Cara Putman

About this Book

The police say the woman was a murderer. Emilie Wesley knows they can’t be talking about her client . . .  can they?

To the world it seems obvious: Kaylene Adams killed her daughter and then was shot by police. Attorney Emilie Wesley knows a different story: Kaylene would never hurt anyone and was looking for a way out of a controlling, abusive relationship. Her death shakes Emilie’s belief that she can make a difference for women in violent marriages. Self-doubt plagues her as she struggles to continue her work in the wake of the tragedy.

Reid Billings thought he knew his sister—right up until he learned how she died. He discovers a letter from Kaylene begging him to fight for custody of her daughters if anything should happen to her. No attorney in her right mind would support an uncle instead of the father in a custody case, but Kaylene’s letter claims Emilie Wesley will help him.

Thrown together in the race to save Kaylene’s surviving daughter, Emily and Reid pursue the constantly evasive truth. If they can hang on to hope together, can they save a young girl—and find a future for themselves in the process?

About the Author

Since the time I could read Nancy Drew, I have wanted to write mysteries. In 2005 I attended a book signing at my local Christian bookstore. The rest, as they say, is history. There I met Colleen Coble. With prompting from my husband, I shared my dream with Colleen. Since those infamous words, I’ve been writing award-winning books with the count currently at 25.

In addition to writing, I am a homeschooling mom of four, attorney, lecturer at a Big Ten university, active in women’s ministry, and all around crazy woman. Crazy about God, my husband, and my kids. I graduated with honors from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (Go Huskers!), George Mason Law School, and Purdue University’s MBA program. You can learn more about my books at http://www.caraputman.com. And if you’d like a copy of my legal suspense novella, Dying for Love, simply connect with me here (http://www.caraputman.com/contact/) , and I’ll send you the link.

My Review

I have to admit this book grew on me and I ended up enjoying it. At the beginning of the story, I struggled with Emily. I just didn’t care for her character, mainly because she seemed to be defying a direct order from her boss without a second thought. But as the story progressed I began to appreciate her tenacity.

The story itself was really good. The author tackled a difficult and sadly too common occurrence, domestic abuse. In this case, the abuse wasn’t strictly physical but a lot of emotional abuse. I felt like the author handled the subject extremely well. She brought out the many truths about abuse and how the system doesn’t always work.

Reid was great! It was fun to watch his character develop throughout the story and his shifting priorities.

All in all, I would recommend this book. The more I read the more I cared about the characters and wanted to see the resolution.

4-Star Rating Based on the Amazon Scale
3-Star Rating Based on the Goodreads Scale

Disclaimer:  I did receive a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley.com, I was not required to give a review and the opinions here are my own.

Review: Beyond Justice by Cara Putman

About this Book

Hayden McCarthy is on track to become the youngest partner in her prestigious D.C. law firm . . . if the case she’s just been handed doesn’t destroy her first.

Hayden McCarthy knows firsthand the pain when justice is not served. It’s why she became an attorney and why she’s so driven in her career. When she’s assigned a wrongful death case against the government, she isn’t sure if it’s the lucky break she needs to secure a partnership—or an attempt to make sure she never gets there.

Further complicating matters is Andrew, her roommate’s distractingly attractive cousin. But Andrew’s father is a Congressman, and Hayden’s currently taking on the government. Could the timing be any worse?

The longer she keeps the case active, the higher the stakes become. Unknown enemies seem determined to kill the case—or her. Logic and self-preservation would indicate she should close the case. But how can she, when justice is still just beyond her reach?


 

My Review

This was a good book, but not a great one. Since it has not been released I was reading a draft copy. My guess is the author will tighten up some of the things that bugged me about the story.

I did enjoy the two main characters, Andrew and Hayden. They complimented each extremely well and I enjoyed watching them grow as individuals and as a team. Emilie was a blast! I hope there is a book featuring her. She had spunk.

The story itself got a little confusing in parts, almost too many story lines that didn’t cleanly intersect. I had another issue that I won’t mention here. However, my guess is the author will clean up some of those “messy” parts.

I do hope to read future books by this author. I think her style has a lot of great potential.

Disclaimer: I did receive this book from the publisher, through netgalley.com. I was not required to leave a review.

New Book Watch: Beyond Justice by Cara Putman


 

Hayden McCarthy is on track to become the youngest partner in her prestigious D.C. law firm . . . if the case she’s just been handed doesn’t destroy her first.

Hayden McCarthy knows firsthand the pain when justice is not served. It’s why she became an attorney and why she’s so driven in her career. When she’s assigned a wrongful death case against the government, she isn’t sure if it’s the lucky break she needs to secure a partnership—or an attempt to make sure she never gets there.

Further complicating matters is Andrew, her roommate’s distractingly attractive cousin. But Andrew’s father is a Congressman, and Hayden’s currently taking on the government. Could the timing be any worse?

The longer she keeps the case active, the higher the stakes become. Unknown enemies seem determined to kill the case—or her. Logic and self-preservation would indicate she should close the case. But how can she, when justice is still just beyond her reach?

Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (April 4, 2017)

Author Interview

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