By Cara Putman
Hidden Justice #2
Thomas Nelson, 2017
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 a 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?
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Imperfect Justice is not the type of book that you pick up with the intention of just reading a few pages before going to bed because it won’t happen – either stopping at only a few pages or going to sleep. It’s that good.
I have a love/hate relationship with suspense novels because I don’t care to be scared, yet I do enjoy a story that captures me from the first sentence and holds me in its grasp until the last page is turned. Imperfect Justice uses Emilie’s stalker to create tension, but it is the legal drama that captivated me most. The hot-topic issue of domestic abuse is its central focus, and the author does an incredible job of making us care about Kaylene, a woman we only come to know through the investigation after her death.
Domestic abuse is always a difficult topic to read about, but the romance between Emilie and Reid creates some lighter moments and they make a great pairing when drawn together through Kaylene. I’ve read enough to know how hard it is for the abused person to actually leave the relationship, but my heart still can’t comprehend how this could be so – and that is something the author does a good job conveying.
The legal aspect of this novel is outstanding, with Putman obviously drawing from her law experience. Legal, suspense, and romance elements blend together well, with no one theme being overpowering. There’s also a world of reality in the title, Imperfect Justice. Well named!
Imperfect Justice is a well-written, highly entertaining story all around, and I look forward to much more from Cara Putman.
I was provided a copy of this book through Litfuse Publicity. The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.
Cara Putman is the author of more than 25 legal thrillers, historical romances, and romantic suspense novels. She has won or been a finalist for honors including the ACFW Book of the Year and the Christian Retailing's BEST Award.
Cara graduated high school at 16, college at 20, completed her law degree at 27, and recently received her MBA. She is a practicing attorney, teaches undergraduate and graduate law courses at a Big Ten business school, and is a homeschooling mom of four. She lives with her husband and children in Indiana.
Find out more about Cara at http://caraputman.com.