Book Review (and a Beyond Justice mini-review bonus): Imperfect Justice by Cara Putman

Posted December 17, 2017 by meezcarrie in Cara Putman, Christian, contemporary, mystery/suspense, romance / 4 Comments

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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?

“This is the way legal thrillers are meant to be—compelling, intelligent, and deeply satisfying.” —Randy Singer, author of Rule of Law

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SERIES: Hidden Justice #2
GENRE: Inspirational Legal Thriller/Romantic Suspense
PUBLISHER: Thomas Nelson
RELEASE DATE: December 5, 2017
PAGES: 352

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Bonus Mini Review for Beyond Justice: This was my first novel by Cara Putman and now I’m kicking myself for not reading her books sooner. I loved the well-drawn & engaging characters and the charged Washington, DC setting. The suspense thread, which deals with drug trafficking as well as immigration (both legal and illegal), keeps tensions high throughout, and I really appreciated the spotlight that Putman shines on the people of immigration. A sweet romance is tucked amongst the action and suspense, the perfect amount for readers who prefer more suspense as well as for those readers who can’t imagine reading a book with no kisses (*raises hand unapologetically* lol)  Bottom Line: Read it. You’ll be glad you did 🙂

Promise me you’ll keep them safe always.

I am so glad that Christian fiction is finally jumping on the legal thriller bandwagon, with a new variety of authors in this popular genre.  Along with Randy Singer, Robert Whitlow, and James Scott Ball, we now have Rick Acker, Todd M. Johnson, Rachel Dylan and Cara Putman! Their books are solidly on point and provide a clean and inspirational alternative to John Grisham and Scott Turow (among others).

Cara Putman’s Imperfect Justice follows Emilie Wesley, Hayden’s roommate and best friend from Beyond Justice. This means we get to visit with Hayden and Andrew again, and that makes me happy!

While Hayden’s story revolved around an immigration-related case, Emilie’s story focuses on domestic abuse and murder. In this way, Putman continues to shine a light on ‘hot-button’ legal issues while also giving us a behind-the-scenes peek of the legal work involved. She also achieves a nice balance of legalese and layman’s terms, combining her own legal background and her talent as an author.

The nature of this particular case allows for more suspense & a little more action, too. It’s also deeply layered, each dimension adding more tension to the mix. Although we never actually meet Kaylene on the page, we are instantly rooting for her – our hearts sinking when she doesn’t show up in court, our hearts breaking at the reason. Anyone who loves someone that has experienced domestic abuse will join me in Kaylene’s (and Emilie’s) corner throughout this riveting novel.

And then there’s the budding romance between Reid and Emilie, which adds even more dimension to the case at hand. As Kaylene’s brother, Reid adds a different set of dynamics to the story and as such the instant sparks between him and Emilie are tempered with a bit of wariness on both sides at first. When he discovers a letter from Kaylene all wariness fades, and his slow grin and big heart will sweep you off your feet like he does for Emilie.  (Side note: How can i nolove Emilie – words are her superpower!)

Bottom Line: Thrilling legal suspense, compelling characters, and an emotional case will leave you riveted to the page in this latest novel from Cara Putman. Emilie, Reid, Kaylene and her daughters will claim your heart from the very beginning, drawing you in until you are as emotionally invested in the outcome as they are. If you love courtroom dramas and legal thrillers, this is the series for you!

(I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the publisher. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.)

My Rating: 4 stars / Love it!

KissingBook Level: 3 / May forget to breathe on occasion

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about the author

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.

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