Author: Cara Putman
Genre: Legal Thriller
Format: Paperback 352 pages
Release Date: 18 October 2018
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
My Rating: ****
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
Jamie Nichols is an attorney working in the public defenders office doing a job she is passionate about. She deeply cares about giving a voice to the underdogs of society and this probably has a bearing because of her difficult childhood when she was abused by her uncle at only eight years old.
Twenty years later she finally feels strong enough to speak out about her horrific past. With her family and friends support she approaches the public prosecutors office to see if they will file charges against her uncle and help her seek the justice she deserves.
Nothing about this case was ever going to be easy though, and with her uncles imminent promotion to a one star general in the army, he has everything to fight for.
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This is a story about over-coming tragedy and having the strength to speak up even when it terrifies you. The strongest theme running through this book is that it deals with the harrowing issue of childhood sexual abuse.
This is a difficult topic for anyone to deal with and I think the author handles it brilliantly. She doesn’t go into graphic details, and doesn’t need to. By focusing more on the intense emotions of the victims, the author manages to portray the atrocity of what happened to them without giving details of which would make a reader uncomfortable.
There is an undercurrent of faith running through this book. All Jamie’s friends, and even her new admirer Chandler, have a strong unrelenting faith in God. Jamie struggles with her faith at first, finding it difficult to believe that if there was a God he would allow the things she experienced to happen.
I myself am not necessarily a religious person but I enjoyed and appreciated how the author wove Jamie’s struggles with her faith into the storyline with her faith deepening alongside her strength within herself.
I didn’t realise at the time of reading this book that it was part of a series. It is completely capable of being read as a standalone and the characters and writing are very enjoyable so I will be adding the other books in this series to my ‘I want to read’ pile and I would recommend you do the same.
About the Author
Cara C. Putman lives in Indiana with her husband and four children. She’s an attorney and a teacher at her church as well as a lecturer at Purdue. She has loved reading and writing from a young age and now realises it was all training for writing books. She loves bringing history and romance to life.
An honours graduate of the University of Nebraska, George Mason University School of Law, and Krannert School of Management, Cara left small town Nebraska and headed to Washington, D.C., to launch her career in public policy.
Cara is an author chasing hard after God as she lives a crazy life. She invites you to join her on that journey. She’s currently writing her 26th & 27th books with more on the way. Please check out her website to learn more about her books and read first chapters.
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